Student Evaluation, Review and Reporting Unit (SERRU)

National External Peer Review of Assessment Network

Momentum is building around the need to implement peer review of assessment to ensure the reliability and comparability of assessment outcomes and standards across higher education institutions in Australia. The Peer Review of Assessment Network project is an Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) supported initiative which will establish a peer review network to provide the framework to meet this need.

Peer Review is core to assuring standards

From the proposed Higher Education Standards Framework, Standards 1.5.1 and 5.3.3 relate directly to the external benchmarking of assessment and student data for assuring student learning outcomes and achievement standards.

Establishment of the Peer Review of Assessment Network

The purpose of the Peer Review of Assessment Network is to address these standards and develop a national conversation around the peer review of assessment. The aims of a national Peer Review of Assessment Network are to:

  • Provide a forum for sharing and disseminating good practice in external assessment across different contexts
  • Identify key academics experienced in external assessment
  • Provide professional learning opportunities for academics


Peer Review of Assessment Network Team

The Project will be directed by the Peer Review of Assessment Network Team:

  • Dr Sara Booth (Project Leader) - University of Tasmania
  • Assoc Prof Mark Freeman  - Sydney University
  • Assoc Prof Heather Alexander  - Griffith University
  • Prof Ron Oliver - Edith Cowan University
  • Mr Mark Thompson - Edith Cowan University
  • Prof Jane Fernandez - Avondale College

Project Officer

  • Dr Sue Read - University of Tasmania

Download the brochure [PDF 795KB] for additional information about the project.

OLT Extension Grant-Letter of Support


Deans Councils

  • Letter of Support from Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) 
  • Letter of Support from Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture (ACDA)
  • Letter of Support from Australian Deans Council of Engineering (ADCE)
  • Letter of Support from The Australian Council of Deans of Information and Communications Technology (ACDICT)
  • Letter of Support from Australasian Council of Dental Schools (ACODS)
  • Higher Education organisations

  • Letter of Support from the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)
  • Letter of Support from Academy Quality Agency (AQA)
  • Letter of Support from Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE)
  • Letter of Support from Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
  • Letter of Support from Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools (ACUADS)
  • Letter of Support from Australian Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia (AASA)
  • Letter of Support from Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development (CADAD)
  • Letter of Support from Australian Institute of Physics (AIP)
  • Letter of Support from Ako Aotearoa (AKO)
  • Letter of Support from Education Services Australia (ESA)
  • Letter of Support from Avondale College
  • Publications and Conferences

    Booth, S. (4-5, Nov, 2015). Securing Standards. Higher Education Compliance and Quality Forum HECQN). [Abstract accepted]