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Student learning, Assessment and Certification in Europe (ESSA)


The project aims to create a more flexible approach to student learning, assessment and certification across Europe’s higher education sector, in a way that will enhance graduate employability. The aim is to improve levels of student satisfaction by allowing them to engage with real world issues in a sphere that is of considerable significance to many of them –  social responsibility.

Utilising the Benchmark Standards for University Social Responsibility across the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), that were produced in an earlier EU Lifelong Learning Programme funded project, the work of the current project develops the concept of facilitation of learning as a key to effective engagement of students as active agents of their own learning.

By using a group of trained facilitators, a cohort of 60 students drawn from the three participating universities will be trained as Social Responsibility Auditors in a student-centered, action-reflection learning based programme, delivered in blended mode.

This will culminate in four Audits of different European higher education institutions, carried out by cross-national teams of the students involved.

Students awarded a Level 6 EQF Certificate in Social Responsibility Auditing following satisfactory completion of:

  • the training,
  • the linked audit
  • the assessment requirements by means of production of individual e-portfolio of evidence of learning

Integral to the project will be production of a significant, innovative Open Education Resource (OER) that will include

  • a Facilitator Training Manual
  • an Auditor Training Scheme
  • an Auditor Manual and
  • an Assessment Manual.

Duration: 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2019

Project leader: UK’s National Union of Students

PartnersEuropean Students Union

University of Edinburgh (UK)

University of Porto (Portugal)

Kaunas University of Technology

Students’ Associations of the above mentioned universities (EUSA, AEFPCEUP and KTUSA).

For more information, please check this infographic and the project website.

This project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.



Jun, 2019 12

Breakfast Roundtable: University Social Responsibility - ESSA project

On 12 June 2019, the European Students’ Union (ESU), together with Higher Education partners from all across Europe participating in ESSA project (‘European Students Sustainability Auditing’), are organising a roundtable consultation event in Brussels in the format of a breakfast. view more

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