University of Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies

University of Surrey


Feedback Literacy: From education to professional practice



Venue: University of Surrey


There is growing recognition in the literature that the true impact of feedback comes not from the framing of comments themselves, but from students’ proactive engagement with and enactment of feedback comments. However, the capacity for students to seek, make sense of, and use feedback to inform future learning requires teachers to show sensitivity to the emotional impact of feedback, manage competing tensions to focus on feedback for student learning, and design opportunities for students to implement feedback. Further, the roles of ‘teacher’ and ‘student’ are not restricted to educational contexts; the feedback literacy of those working to develop others in healthcare and the workplace, for example, is also of key importance.


This one-day international symposium, to be held at the University of Surrey, will explore how the feedback literacy of teachers, workplace supervisors, and healthcare professionals influences the impact of feedback on learning, development, and behavior change. Following a keynote talk and a choice of masterclasses, a series of lightning talks from delegates will form the basis for multidisciplinary discussion sessions, in order to facilitate the development of a research and practice agenda in this area.



Professor David Carless, University of Hong Kong

Associate Professor Rola Ajjawi, Deakin University, Australia



Dr Naomi Winstone



Dr Naomi Winstone, University of Surrey

Dr Edd Pitt, University of Kent