The Enhancing Feedback in First Year -Y1Feedback Symposium will take place on Friday January 27th, 2017  at Maynooth University.

This Symposium will provide an opportunity to explore, discuss, and share approaches to enhancing feedback in first year.

The programme includes keynote presentation from a number of international experts on assessment and feedback including Professor David Carless (video introduction), Professor Tansy Jessop, Professor David Nicol, and Dr. Naomi Winstone. The Symposium will also showcase outputs and technology-enabled feedback case studies from the Y1Feedback project. At the centre of the day, Y1Feedback case study participants from across Maynooth University, Athlone IT, Dublin City University, and Dundalk IT will present case studies of technology-enabled feedback approaches for first year.



The Symposium is open to all interested in feedback in Higher Education: lecturers, first year programme coordinators, education developers, educational technologists, student representatives and teaching and learning leaders from across the sector.

Registration for the Symposium is free, but places are limited and registration is required.

Please register at the following link:


  • 8.45: Registration & Coffee
  • 9.30 Y1Feedback Welcome – Lisa O’Regan
  • Opening Address – Professor Philip Nolan, Maynooth University President
  • 9.45: Keynote Introduction: Professor David Carless (Via Video)
  • 10.00: Keynote PresentationDr. Naomi Winstone
    • Fostering Engagement with Feedback in First Year Students: From ‘barely perused’ to ‘proactively used’.
  • 10.45: Coffee & Networking
  • 11.15: Feedback Five’sY1Feedback Case Study Presentations
  • 12.30: Lunch
  • 1.15: Keynote Presentation – Professor David Nicol
    • Promoting Generative Feedback: Feedback that Supports the Development of Learner Self-regulation.
  • 2.00: Coffee, Cake & Feedback Wall
  • 2.20: Keynote Presentation – Professor Tansy Jessop
    • Repairing the Broken Feedback Relationship through TESTA’s Programme Approach
  • 3.05: Institutional Panel Reflections – Feedback in First Year: Moving Forward and Scaling Up
    • Professor Aidan Mulkeen, Vice-President Academic and Deputy President, Maynooth University
    • Dr Niall Seery, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Registry, AIT.
    • Dr Patricia Moriarty, Vice President Academic Affairs and Registrar, DKIT.
    • Elaine Walsh, PhD Teaching Fellow at UL
    • Niamh Halpenny, Vice-President for Education, Maynooth Student Union
  • 3.35-3.45:  Y1Feedback Team Wrap up & Close



Professor David Carless

David Carless is Professor of Educational Assessment and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), Faculty of Education, at the University of Hong Kong. He has published widely in the area of learner-oriented assessment and feedback. He is author of Excellence in University Assessment: Learning from award-winning practice, published by Routledge in 2015. David will join us by video.

Professor Tansy Jessop

Tansy Jessop is Professor of Research Informed Teaching at Southampton Solent University. She leads the ‘Transforming Experience of Students through Assessment’ (TESTA) project, originally funded as an HEA National Teaching Fellowship Project (2009-12). TESTA has been a catalyst for thinking about assessment and feedback from a programme perspective, and for teams to design more principled and connected assessment and feedback.

Professor David Nicol

David Nicol is currently Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the University of Strathclyde, Visiting Professor of Higher Education at the University of Ulster and Adjunct Professor, University of Swinburne, Australia. David was previously Deputy Director of the Centre for Academic Practice at Strathclyde Director of REAP, the Re-Engineering Assessment Practices project, and lead on a number of JISC funded projects on Peer Review processes in learning.

Dr Naomi Winstone

Naomi Winstone is a Lecturer in Cognitive and Educational Psychology and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Surrey. Her primary research area is cognition and learning. Naomi has recently completed a project funded by the Higher Education Academy, in collaboration with Dr Rob Nash, which explores cognitive processing of assessment feedback. Naomi is co-author of The Developing Engagement with Feedback Toolkit (DEFT).

About the Project

The Y1Feedback project is a collaborative project led by Maynooth University in partnership with Athlone IT, Dublin City University, and Dundalk IT. The project is funded by Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning as part of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement 2014 fund (Building Digital Capacity in Irish Higher Education).

Project Partners

Y1 Feedback Partner - Maynooth College
Y1 Feedback Partner AIT
Y1 Feedback Partner - DCU
Y1 Feedback Partner Dunalk IT