Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development


Information on providing accessible feedback.

Feedback is an essential part of assessment, giving students the opportunity to learn and improve.

However, hand-written feedback provides a number of challenges.

“A lot of the time you get comments back they are completely illegible. It would be more useful if they sat down with you after they have marked your essay and said, ‘This should be done like this, and that should have been done like that’.”

Face-to-face or typed feedback ensure optimum accessibility for all students.

The Student Disability Service has produced marking guidance with some brief pointers on what to bear in mind in case the student may be dyslexic:

Student Disability Service Guidance on Marking Coursework of Dyslexic Students (PDF)

For further support or guidance on sign-posting students to other services please see:

Student Services at Edinburgh