Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Second Marking with Niki Brodie

Nicola Brodie
Last week we did some second marking of the MA work done by our Master's Degree students at Bucks. Second marking at Bucks is part of the process by which we ensure that our academic standards are being rigorously applied. Was the marking fair? Is it reasonable? Were the correct criterial applied?

Looking at your students' work through the eyes of another is a valuable exercise; it is a reminder of how personal marking can be, and how important it is to apply rigidly objective criteria. We don't always get it right, which is why second marking - also known as marking moderation - is so important.

About Niki Brodie
Niki Brodie is one of our newest animation tutors at Bucks, and is currently teaching animation to our undergraduate students on the Animation and Visual Effects Course.  Niki graduated from Bournemouth University with a First Class degree in Computer Animation and Visualisation, and she also has a diploma in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins in London.

After graduation, Niki spent some 20 years in the animation and visual effects industry, working as a 3D character animator at Mill Film and later DNeg on films such as Gladiator, Harry Potter, Batman The Dark Knight and Thor The Dark World.

External examiner Mike Smith
What is second marking?
Second marking is a process whereby students' work is marked by a second tutor after having sight of the original marks. Second markers ensure that the initial marker has applied standards consistently across the group being marked. Second markers check our grades, making sure we're awarding marks appropriately, and also keep an eye on making sure that our standards are consistent with other universities and colleges in the UK, all in accordance with Bucks New Uni regulations.

External examiner
We also have an external examiner to keep an eye on us. In effect, the role of the external examiner is that of a third marker; checking the grades to make sure that they are awarded in accordance with national standards. In the case of our MA in Animation, our external examiner is Mike Smith - you can read more about Mike and his work here.  

You can read more about Bucks New Uni marking procedures here.

For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days, take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK.

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