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Judging for Best Summative Assessment Project

eAAwards 2021

Our Judges

Photograph of Patrick Coates

Patrick Coates

Independent Consultant and Director of International Skills UK, e-Assessment Association Executive Committee Board Member

Patrick has worked in e-assessment since the late 90’s having worked on a number of e-assessment programmes with UK awarding bodies e-assessment which included working with QCA and other Government bodies on promoting the adoption of e-assessment. It was working with Promissor (subsequently acquired by Pearson) and then Prometric that led to the choice of MBA dissertations – ‘Barriers to adoption of e-assessment by UK Awarding Bodies.’ Patrick was involved with the creation of BS7988:2007 – The code of practice for the use of IT in the delivery of assessments and subsequently was international editor for the standard to become adopted as ISO 23988:2007.

This experience then led Patrick to join the team working with the four organisations which regulate qualifications in the UK – the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), DELLS (Wales), CCEA (Northern Ireland) and SQA and their collaboration to develop a publication, E-assessment: Guide to Effective Practice. Patrick is now working as an independent consultant in the field of e-assessment supporting UK & US companies with their international strategy and business development activities and providing consultancy to Governments in the Middle East and South Africa.


Peter Alston

Director of Learning Design in the School of Technology at BPP University

With a background in information systems and web development/programming, and a PhD in eResearch & Technology Enhanced Learning, Pete is the Director of Learning Design in the School of Technology at BPP University, where he has oversight and ownership of the curriculum design and development process. His PhD thesis presented an institutional ethnography aimed at uncovering influential factors in the design and implementation of electronic assessment within HE; an area which continues to be the focus of his scholarly work.

He has held senior academic positions in learning and teaching and as a subject expert at BPP University, University of Liverpool and Edge Hill University over the course of a 15+ year career in Higher Education. Pete also served as a Director of Learning Solutions at Laureate Online Education, with responsibility for cultivating relationships with partner institutions, and providing strategic vision and oversight for the design and development of wholly online postgraduate academic programs.

Martin Mackain-Bremner

Martin Mackain-Bremner

Senior Manager, Assessment Development and Delivery at the International Baccalaureate

Following a career in the Army, Martin has worked extensively in online/e-learning, in Defence and in a commercial environment, e-assessment for vocational qualifications and, since April 2018, the International Baccalaureate (IB). At the IB, Martin is responsible for the development and delivery of assessments (exams) for a portfolio of subjects in the IB Diploma Programme at both Standard level (GCSE equivalent) and Higher level (A Level equivalent), including Integrated Humanities such as History, Geography and Social and Cultural Anthropology; Sciences, including Physics, Chemistry and Biology; and Maths, as well as some core subjects such as Theory of Knowledge.

Martin and his team work with Curriculum Development colleagues based in the IB centre in Den Haag (The Hague) to ensure that subject curricula are developed with authentic, demanding and practical assessments in mind, and with groups of external subject experts to develop the appropriate exam papers. IB exams are delivered in multiple languages in schools all over the world in exam sessions in November and May each year. Martin and his team then standardise the marking and grade awarding of papers marked by external experts before results are issued to schools.

IB delivers some of its educational programme assessments online, and are continuing to investigate opportunities for expanding the online offering. In 2018, IB won the e-Assessment Award for Best Use of Summative Assessment.


Emma Beatty

Operations Director for Oak National Academy

Emma is a technologist who has worked in education for the past 20 years. Emma has been a judge for the eAssessment Awards for a number of years and is a long-time supporter of the great work of the Association and its members. Emma started her career in education as a research associate at Durham University’s Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring (CEM). She was part of a great team behind innovative primary and secondary formative, digital, adaptive assessments in the UK and across the world.

More recently, Emma led CEM as its Executive Director and helped CEM grow and develop its eAssessments in international markets through the better implementation of assessment reporting and benchmarking ensuring relevance to local contexts. Emma is now relishing the challenge of being a part of the incredibly fast growing and high social impact, digital education organisation, Oak National. Emma is excited about the Awards and is always impressed with the incredible standard of entries. Judging creates a window into the best-in-class innovations and work of the sector and promises to offer this again in 2021.