The Kathleen Tattersall New Assessment Researcher Award: 2019 Award Winner

The Kathleen Tattersall New Assessment Researcher Award for 2019 is given to Dr. Aisling Keane. She will receive her award at the conference in Lisbon in November, where she also will give her keynote talk with the title “Formative Assessment in Student Transition to Higher Education – A Sociocultural Perspective”. The jury recognizes that this talk addresses a topic of high relevance for the conference theme this year. Transition into higher education is challenging, with drop-out during the first year worryingly high in many countries.

Aisling’s keynote lecture will explore and expand discussions surrounding formative assessment to offer alternative approaches to current practices dominant in the early years of UG teaching and educational transitions in general. This is important as a clearly articulated sociocultural perspective provides comprehensive theoretical insight into formative assessment practices in first year HE which inadvertently negatively impact on student enculturation into a new community.

The Kathleen Tattersall New Assessment Researcher Award

To be eligible as a New Researcher, the candidate should

  • be a “new” assessment researcher. “New” researchers are defined as being within the first three years after being awarded their doctoral degree from an institution in a country within Europe (full-time equivalent), including the period of research training. There is no age qualification. Candidates may apply before receiving their doctoral degree
  • be working, or studying, at an institution in a country within Europe;
  • have the support of professional colleagues that his/her work represents a considerable contribution to the assessment field;
  • have produced a keynote paper which the Council considers to be of sufficiently high quality to be presented to AEA-Europe members;
  • contribute to the aims of AEA-Europe.

The candidate has to provide documentation that will be evaluated by a panel consisting of Fellows of the Association. The documentation must consist of a CV, a letter of application, which shows the motivation of the candidate, two nomination letters and an abstract (3000 words) of the research the candidate wishes to present.

The winner receives 500 Euros and a certificate to acknowledge the award and, as a keynote speaker, the conference fee is met by the Association and the winner is also eligible for support with the cost of travel to the conference. Moreover the winner will have the opportunity to report about his/her own experience in the Association’s newsletter.  Applications must be emailed to the AEA Secretariat at by 30th April each year.  If you have any queries, please also email these to the Secretariat who will be pleased to offer support.

About the New Researcher Award

Are you new to the world of educational assessment? Do you and your colleagues feel your work makes a considerable contribution to the field?

The winner of the award receives the opportunity to make a keynote presentation at the AEA-Europe Annual Conference. As keynote speaker, the conference fee is met by the Association and the winner is also eligible for support with the cost of travel to the conference. The winner also receives 500 Euros and a certificate to acknowledge the award.

Click here to view past winners.

AEA-Europe Poster Award

AEA–Europe encourages its membership to submit poster proposals for its Annual Conference each year. It is a very effective way for professionals engaged in assessment to present their work, having the opportunity to exchange ideas, get feedback to improve their work and develop new, shared projects together with other experts in the field. Please see the following pdf document for further details of the award and the selection process.