What is the HEAR?

The HEAR, or Higher Education Achievement Report, is an official record of your achievements at university to share with employers. Intended as a companion to, not a replacement of, your degree certificate, it’s designed to be a new way of showing employers all of your achievements at university.

The idea is to represent all of the knowledge and skills that you have gained throughout your studies in a straightforward document, accessible online, for the benefit of future employers. The document is updated with all of your achievements throughout your degree until you graduate.

What does the HEAR include?

Your HEAR will include a breakdown of the modules you’ve taken, what they involved and your results. It includes not only your official academic studies, but also:

  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Voluntary work
  • Prizes
  • University responsibilities, such as offices held in the student union or societies.

Information is presented in this structure:

  1. Personal information – name, D.O.B, student ID etc.
  2. Qualification & title – confirmation of your degree title
  3. Your degree’s context in the national qualifications framework
  4. Your degree’s requirements and contents, and your degree classification
  5. Professional status (if applicable)
  6. Your recognised non-academic achievements
  7. Any awards or prizes that you’ve achieved.

 Why was the HEAR introduced?

In 2007, it was recommended that a new document was introduced to enable universities to provide a fuller record of student achievement. That document was the HEAR. It was introduced to add value to the student experience for students and employers.

It was trialled in 30 institutions across the UK, and today currently 90 institutions are now using the HEAR.

What are the benefits of the HEAR?

The HEAR distinguishes your student experience, helping you to stand out from other candidates to employers. It helps to direct focus towards extra-curricular achievements as well as academic ones, which promotes inclusivity.

It can help you to:

  1. Identify gaps in your skills and plan future activities
  2. Secure internships
  3. Write applications, working as an ‘aide memoire’
  4. Authenticate statements made to employers.

Want to know more? Take a look at the Higher Education Academy’s video below, or visit the HEAR website.

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