Masterclass: Professor Sally Everett

Professor Sally Everett PFHEA, CMBE, NTF, PhD, MA, BA (Hons)

Becoming an assessment ‘JEDI’: fostering Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in our assessment practices

Professor Sally Everett

Few would argue against designing assessment which enables all students to demonstrate their full potential (Hockings, 2010), yet literature on how we make our assessment practice truly inclusive, accessible and diverse is surprisingly limited (Tai, Ajjawi & Umarova, 2021). Although there has been significant attention placed on adopting universal design principles and a move towards ‘assessment for all’ (rather than relying on individual disclosures) there is little scholarship on how assessment design and practices should reflect and consider broader social justice issues. By adopting a simple framework of ‘justice, equality, diversity and inclusion’, we will explore how assessment practices can positively respond to calls for decolonisation of the curriculum and a more compassionate pedagogy, whilst also challenging the ‘forces’ of systemic bias, structural inequality, exclusion and marginalisation. By sharing practices of how we foster diversity, and embed student partnership, choice, accessibility (and kindness) into our assessment it is hoped that workshop participants feel able to move one step closer to becoming ‘JEDI masters’ of inclusive assessment.


Sally is Professor of Business Education and Vice Dean (Education) at King’s Business School, King’s College London. Sally is also the Academic Lead for Inclusive Education for King’s College London. Sally was previously the Deputy Dean for the Business School at Anglia Ruskin University (2013 – 2018) and Chair of their inclusive working group. Sally is a National Teaching Fellow (2017), Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013), Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence award holder (2016) and is the Equality Officer for the Association of National Teaching Fellows. Sally is a member of the Chartered Association of Business School’s Race Equality Working Group and their Equality and Diversity Committee. Before her role at Anglia Ruskin University, Sally was the Head of Department for tourism, events and marketing at the University of Bedfordshire. Sally has published widely on inclusive education, student employability, diversity, and on the impacts of tourism.

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