What is the HEAR?
The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) provides a comprehensive record of a student’s achievement throughout their time at university.
It supplements the traditional transcript with the inclusion of extra-curricular activities, prizes and awards, work placements and other relevant information verified by the University in order to provide a more detailed picture of a student’s achievement as a whole.
The HEAR is a national project and is relevant to all UK Higher Education providers and their students.
What is the purpose of the HEAR?
The purpose of the HEAR is to provide an official University document which verifies the wider skills and achievements that students have gained through both their studies and extra-curricular activities.
This is intended to enhance employability or further educational opportunities by helping prospective employers and Universities gain a fuller understanding of a student’s achievements as well as acquiring further detail regarding the programme of study and the modules taken.
The HEAR in practical terms:
The HEAR adheres to a standard template which incorporates an enhanced academic transcript that conforms to the data fields for the European Diploma Supplement. It is normally around 6 pages in total and contains only information about achievements that have been verified and validated by the institution, or by an authorised, trusted third-party organisation.
A printed copy of the HEAR is provided to students during the Congregations period (at the same time as the parchment).
Newcastle University and the HEAR:
Newcastle University was one of the pilot institutions for the HEAR project and has been issuing HEAR documents to undergraduate students since July 2012. It is envisaged that this will be extended to postgraduate taught students in the future.
Newcastle University is one of around 30 institutions currently issuing HEAR documents; but more than half of the sector are now engaged in activities aimed at implementing the HEAR whilst many others are waiting to act.
Where can I find out more?
For further general and national information about the HEAR from the perspective of a student, institution or employer, please visit the HEAR website.