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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. In 2013, 88,743 HEARs were issued to students (from across 27 institutions) and this figure will keep growing each year.

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 and it relates to several areas of the HEA's work in leadership and strategy for learning and teaching, which you can read more about here.  


Email: hear@heacademy.ac.uk     Twitter: @HEA_HEAR

HEAR and the Diploma Supplement

"The European Commission’s indication that the HEAR Diploma Supplement can meet the requirement for the Diploma Supplement Label has opened the door to a common UK position for the implementation of the Diploma Supplement." Read more about the HEAR and the Diploma Supplement on the ECCTIS Blog. You can also find out more about the Diploma Supplement and how it relates to the HEAR on the International Unit's website.

HEAR and GPA (Grade Point Average)

Building on work carried out in relation to the implementation of the Higher Education Achievement Report, as well as development work conducted by a small group of UK universities, the Higher Education Academy is leading and facilitating a national discussion on the concept of introducing a Grade Point Average (GPA) system into UK higher education. Visit the HEA's GPA pages to find out more.

How does the GPA relate to the use of the Higher Education Achievement Report? The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) provides a detailed breakdown of a student’s higher education programme, plus the activities they engaged with and that are recognised by their institution. The HEAR is issued by higher education providers and includes a summative judgement as part of the standardised template. This means that the record can, in principle, include any summative representation of student achievement including either a degree classification or a GPA, or both of these.

Recent articles

'New extra-curricular university report card? Hear, hear': In this article by The Telegraph, Rozina Sabur "welcomes the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), which gives graduates more than a degree grade to show prospective employers".

Highlighted resources

The HEAR and employers: targeted briefings have been written for the following stakeholders, outlining the potential of the HEAR in each context - large volume recruiters; small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs); third sector employers; professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRBs) and university postgraduate admissions tutors

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'.

Interested in implementing the HEAR in your institution?

The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR): a ‘Reference 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 Reference Pack is designed to support all UK higher education institutions and those organisations that work with them (e.g. third party software system providers).

About the Higher Education Achievement Report