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Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


LEGACY is a multi-focus research project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). It explores learning gain in higher education, through different longitudinal and cross-sectional mixed methodologies.

LEGACY is delivered across 4 Strands of research activity facilitating engagement through surveys, questionnaires and interviews; each strand has its unique set of objectives, approaches, analysis and potential outcomes. More information about the larger LEGACY project can be found here.


The Cambridge Strand, The Measurement of Learning Gains in Higher Education across Disciplines, is the largest strand in the project. It aims to understand the development of students’ abilities, skills, and competencies over a period of two years from November 2016 onwards.

The Strand looks at the core dimensions of student learning gains, relevant across a range of disciplines, and will develop and test a measurement instrument for assessing learning gain longitudinally. It will ultimately generate new empirical evidence about the dimensions of student learning gain in higher education, triangulating results from different measures of student learning such as self-reports, tests, and interviews, seeking to better understand the correspondence between self-reports and more ‘objective’ instruments capturing student learning, in order to derive a measure of student learning gains that could be implemented at scale.


Principal Investigators: Professor Jan Vermunt; Professor Anna Vignoles

Secondary Investigator and Project Manager: Dr Sonia Ilie

Contact details:

The main project website can be found here 

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