The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that higher education institutions in the UK offer to their students.
The HEAR has the potential to bring a wide range of benefits to students, employers and higher education institutions. The HEAR can also been seen as a symbolic and practical expression of the UK’s student-centred and quality-focussed higher education culture. It is anticipated that the HEAR will become a key feature in differentiating and distinguishing the UK higher education system.
This website is an information and resources portal for those interested or involved in the implementation of the HEAR at an institutional level; those interested in the value of the HEAR for the student learning experience; and for employers that are interested in understanding and utilising the HEAR at a recruitment level or for the purposes of staff development.
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) now provides the main support focus for the implementation and maintenance of the HEAR, working in partnership with the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA), GuildHE, HESA, JISC, QAA and Universities UK. The HEAR relates to several areas of the HEA's work in leadership and strategy for learning and teaching, which you can read more about here.
A formative and developmental role for the HEAR: these case studies have been developed by the Centre for Recording Achievement on behalf of the Higher Education Academy. Their purpose is to illustrate how a range of higher education institutions in the UK have approached the formative and developmental role of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
Westminster Briefing have published an article by Dr Erica Morris (Academic Lead, Higher Education Academy), 'The Higher Education Achievement Report: Distinguishing student experiences', which provides an overview of the HEAR, outlining how it can benefit both students and employers.
The Bringing it all together: introducing the HEAR report seeks official endorsement from Universities UK and GuildHE for the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) to be adopted sector-wide for students entering higher education in academic year 2012–13. Following extensive trialling and detailed consideration, the report clearly outlines the HEAR and the additional information it provides as something that is valued by institutions, students and employers.
The Association for Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has produced a toolkit - HEAR the whole story - which is designed to provide employers with a better understanding of the potential of the HEAR to change the face of graduate recruitment.
The British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) HEAR guidance notes cover 'The Inclusion of Achievements through Sport within the Higher Education Achievement Report'.
The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR): a ‘Starter Pack’ for Institutions builds directly upon the extensive work undertaken by 30 universities and university colleges, comprised of a diverse range of types and size of institution. The Starter Pack is designed to support all UK higher education institutions and those organisations that work with them (e.g. third party software system providers).