Anonymous marking has been introduced to Bournemouth University for the 2019/20 academic year. It has been introduced to improve the perception of fairness in the assessment process following consultation with BU Students and a successful pilot scheme on Brightspace.

What is it?

Anonymous marking means that students’ names are not visible on an assignment during the marking process. Whilst there is no evidence of unfair marking at BU, it has been introduced in response to students’ perceptions around fairness and to encourage students to feedback any concerns without fear of repercussion.

Anonymous marking is aimed to support the range of measures that are currently in place to ensure fair marking is applied to all assessments, including second marking, double (blind) marking and external examiner moderation.


Will all my assessments be anonymously marked?

No, whilst anonymous marking will be applied wherever possible, it is not possible to anonymously mark all assessments. Exceptions will include group work, any assignments with a suspected academic offence, presentations, practical assessments, dissertations and supervised projects. Also it may not be possible to anonymously mark assignments if an extension has been granted.


How does it work?

Once your assignment has been submitted, it will be anonymised on Brightspace before being assessed. You will be allocated a unique Anonymous User ID for each assignment that is submitted. This means that Brightspace will keep track of your assignment, but the markers will not be aware whose work they are grading. Once the grades have been published, your identity will be re-applied to your assignment.

Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions to find out more.       

If you have any further questions about anonymous marking, please contact SUBU Advice or your Programme Leader.