Dr James Trueman

Academic Lead: Assessment

Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes

James is Academic Lead: Assessment at Anglia Learning & Teaching. His work focuses on developing evidence-based and effective Assessment and Feedback practices.

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James is Academic Lead: Assessment at Anglia Learning & Teaching. His work focuses on the strategic development and implementation of evidence-based Assessment and Feedback practices. This work includes leading on strategic projects regarding both pedagogic and technical developments, working with faculties and central services to ensure integrated and business relevant solutions, and delivering targeted CPD to university colleagues. 

As part of this portfolio, James is leading workstreams in our institutional Assessment Review and the university’s implementation of our Learning Management System (Canvas). He also provides specialist assessment focussed support within activities such as Course Design Intensives, and delivers the Advance HE External Examiner Course. His assessment role has led to a focus on the development and implementation of pedagogic, technological and policy solutions.

His career in higher education has centred on politico-legal issues in mental health care in the UK, assessment practice in general, with a specific focus on technology-enhanced learning and assessment. He has previously worked in health and social care education in a variety of roles, across all levels and a wide range of subjects.


Jisc (e.g. Electronic Management of Assessment & Future of Assessment Projects)
Advance HE: Degree Standards Project – External Examiner Developer
Canvas HE UK User Group Co-Chair
Turnitin UK User Group Member
Doctoral Supervisor

Research interests

Technology-enhanced assessment 
Media and professional discourse 
Critical Discourse Analysis


James has been working in Higher Education for over 17 years, and since 2010 he has specialised in technology-enhanced learning and assessment. James’s original discipline  was mental health law and ethics. This has been applied to teaching, course/module management and individual student supervision, from undergraduate to doctoral level. Before moving full time into Academic Development, he was Course Leader for the Approved Mental Health Professional training programme, across Essex and Cambridgeshire.


PhD Political Science and Law
PG Dip Learning and Teaching (Health and Social Care Professional)
MA Mental Health
PG Dip Mental Health Innovations
Dip H.E. (RN Mental Health)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Memberships, editorial boards

Society for Research in Higher Education

Selected recent publications

Brown, L., Priddle, J., Trueman, J. (2017) Developing Assessment Practice: an Inclusive Audit, In: Engage, 18th Learning and Teaching Conference 2017, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, 27 June 2017, Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University.

Trueman, J. (2017) From little acorns: university wide implementation of GradeMark to transform the assessment and feedback experience, In: 6th International Assessment in Higher Education Conference, Manchester, UK, 28th – 29th June 2017, Lancaster, University of Cumbria.

Trueman, J. (2017) Using Poll Everywhere to enhance the student experience: An institutional perspective, In: 2017 SOLSTICE and CLT Conference, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK, 5–6 June 2017, Ormskirk, Edge Hill University.

Trueman, J. (2013) The Mirage of Mental Health Reform. In Walker, S. (Ed.) Modern Mental Health: Critical Perspectives on Psychiatric Practice, St Albans, Critical Publishing.

Trueman, J. and Khoo, R. (2009) Mental Health Nursing and the Law. In Wrycraft, N. (Ed.) Introduction to Mental Health Nursing. London, Open University Press.