Agencies & Partners

Advance HE and the HEAR: Advance HE now provides the main support focus for the implementation and maintenance of the HEAR.

The HEAR is the culmination of a considered and thorough process that began in 2004. Taking the HEAR from its original idea to implementation has been a significant task for the Burgess Implementation Steering Group (BISG). It has been a shared and inclusive task that has involved the institutions and key agencies that make up the UK higher education landscape.

This includes the trialling institutions themselves and the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA) which, with assistance from the Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) and JISC, designed and led the operation of the trialling process. Our work also received support from the QAA and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

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The Centre for Recording Achievement is a network organisation, registered educational charity, which works with the HEA. Its membership is drawn from local authorities, universities and colleges, and professional bodies.  

GuildHE is a membership organisation within the higher education sector. As a recognised representative body for higher education in the UK, GuildHE is a key advocate for institutional diversity and a champion for the high quality and distinctive educational provision its members offer. GuildHE’s vision is of a sustainable, diverse and dynamic higher education sector which:

  • plays a full part in the development of a well-educated and socially inclusive nation;
  • enhances the UK's economic competitiveness; and fosters cultural engagement, knowledge creation and exchange in a global context.

JISC is driving innovation in UK education and research, and has been doing so for more than 15 years. Originally, the acronym stood for ‘Joint Information Systems Committee’, but JISC’s remit has evolved and their reputation in the UK and internationally has grown. JISC continue to champion the use of digital technology to ensure the UK remains world-class in research, teaching and learning.

Universities UK (UUK) is the representative organisation for the UK’s universities. Together with Higher Education Wales and Universities Scotland, its mission is to be the definitive voice for all universities in the UK, providing high quality leadership and support to its members to promote a successful and diverse higher education sector.