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Dr James Trueman

Associate Professor and Academic Lead: Assessment
Research Supervision:

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 policy and practice. This includes leading on projects regarding both pedagogic and technical developments, working with faculties and professional services to ensure integrated and business relevant solutions, and delivering targeted CPD to university colleagues.

A significant area of James’ work centres on leading the LMS Assessment Project. This is a complex, multi-phase development that is delivering end-to-end, programmatic management of assessment. The Project involves integrating key platforms, such as ARU’s Student Record System ASTRA (SITS Tribal) with our Canvas based LMS, adapting existing solutions, and the development and deployment of bespoke solutions. Examples of these include staff facing management and reporting tools and student facing enhancements, such as assessment ‘nudges’, to support their assessment experience.

As part of his wider assessment portfolio, James is engaged in a broad range of activities to support and drive assessment practice. This includes leading work in our institutional Assessment Review, continuing to support colleagues implement innovative approaches to assessment developed in response to Covid-19, and providing specialist assessment focussed support within development activities such as Course Design Intensives and Faculty CPD / Learning & Teaching Seminars. Together with colleagues in our Academic Registry, James also delivers the Advance HE External Examiner Professional Development Course.


Advance HE: Degree Standards Project - External Examiner Professional Development Course Facilitator (2019 to present)

Canvas HE UK User Group Executive Team Member (2019 to present)

Chair of Canvas HE UK User Group Managing Assessment Working Group (2022 to present)

External Examiner University of Hertfordshire (2013 to 2017)

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

Trueman, J., Liatiri, E. and McCorvie, S. (2022) 'Managing Assessment Working Group update', United Kingdom & Ireland Higher Education Canvas user group, Leeds, 17 November, Instructure/UKIHEUG.

Trueman, J. (2022) 'Thinking big: thinking small' [Keynote]. Advance HE assessment and feedback symposium: further frontiers: assessment and feedback policy and practice at the programme level, Online conference, 9 November. Online: Advance HE.

Brown, L., Priddle, J. and Trueman, J. (2017) 'Developing assessment practice: an inclusive audit', Engage, 18th learning and teaching conference, Cambridge, 27 June, Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University.

Trueman, J. (2017) 'From little acorns: university wide implementation of GradeMark to transform the assessment and feedback experience', 6th international assessment in higher education conference, Manchester, 28-29 June. Lancaster: University of Cumbria.

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

Trueman, J. (2013) 'The mirage of mental health reform', in S. Walker (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 N. Wrycraft (ed.) Introduction to mental health nursing. London: Open University Press.