Dr James Trueman

Associate Professor and Academic Lead: Assessment

Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes

James is an Associate Professor and the 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' work focuses on the strategic development and implementation of evidence-based Assessment and Feedback practices. This 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. His assessment role has led to a focus on the development and implementation of pedagogic, technological and policy solutions.

As part of this portfolio, James has been leading work 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, Faculty CPD / Learning & Teaching Seminars, and ARU’s Learning & Teaching in Practice Course. Together with colleagues in our Academic Registry, James delivers the Advance HE External Examiner Course.

His career in higher education has centred on politico-legal issues in mental health care in the UK, and 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.


Advance HE: Degree Standards Project - External Examiner Developer

Canvas HE UK User Group Leadership Member

Doctoral Supervisor

Research interests


Technology-enhanced assessment

Media and professional discourse 

Critical Discourse Analysis


James has been working in Higher Education for over 18 years, specialising in technology-enhanced learning and assessment since 2010. James’ 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


Vice Chancellor’s Award (Individual - Outstanding Professional Contribution
October 2020, Anglia Ruskin University 
Awarded "...in acknowledgement of the exceptional support to faculties at the start of lockdown to rapidly change the system of assessment submissions, especially in the Cambridge School of Art where making a change from physical to online submissions was particularly challenging".

Vice Chancellor's Award (Team - Collaborative Activities)
October 2020, Anglia Ruskin University
The VC Award was awarded by Anglia Ruskin University to a staff development team lead by Dr Simon Pratt-Adams for "…the planning and delivery of the Course Design Intensives, in a very tight timescale, and which has transformed our culture and education offer, supporting course teams to implement the Active Curriculum".
The Course Design Intensives is a Degree Course/Programme level curriculum design and development process, to support Course/Programme Teams to implement the University’s Education Strategy and to embed active collaborative, student-centred learning into the curriculum.

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.