This issue contains articles on:The Art of Assessing 2 In his second article on assessment, Phil Race looks at different methods of examining students’ independent work. Can Marking Ever Be Fair? Is consistency in marking an impossible dream? Mic Morgan, Jenny Spouse and Chris Rust (Oxford Brookes University) propose common criteria for assessing written assignments. Going Soft on Assessment Christine Butterworth (University of Greenwich) suggests that the proliferation of new “soft” assessment strategies is creating major problems in comparability. Forging a Student Link: projects with voluntary organisations Andy Cameron and Pat Green (University of Wolverhampton) explain how students undertake applied research projects designed to benefit a voluntary organisation in the community as well as gain them degree credits. Team Building 2: skills for business Peter Marshall and Alex Roberts (University of Surrey) describe how students learn both team skills and an understanding of what business management will require of them in their future careers.