About Web-PA

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WebPA continues to be supported by the Special Interest Group.

The WebPA tool was originally developed at Loughborough University before becoming the subject of a project funded by JISC under the e-learning capital program. The project ran from October 2006 through to March 2009. Two UK HE institutions (Loughborough University and the University of Hull) as well as two Higher Education Academy Subject Centres (Engineering and Physical Sciences) were part of the project’s consortium, with Loughborough leading the project.


A small group of academics at Loughborough University have been using online peer assessment since 1998. The online peer assessment system (PASS) was created as a small-scale project for the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, based on an existing paper based system used by Peter Willmot.

Later, Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF) money was used to rewrite the system based on tutors' feedback and the new system, renamed Web-PA, was launched.

In 2004, Peter Willmot proposed a new Engineering Education Centre (now the Centre for Engineering and Design Education) project to further improve the online system. This project has now culminated in the release of the new Web-PA online system that is in use today.