Higher Education Achievement Report

Higher Education Achievement Report

The HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) is an enhanced transcript, primarily aimed at employers, that provides information on students’ achievements and activities in addition to details of their academic achievement.  Contents of the HEAR must be verifiable.

Providing the HEAR is not a statutory requirement, although it is currently offered by over half of Higher Education Institutions in the UK.

Why has the University of Exeter chosen to provide the HEAR? 

Benefits to students

  • The HEAR provides a formative document and an ongoing record of achievement which will help with career planning
  • Exit documents are often required prior to graduation - students applying for internships and work placements will have a formal document recording their achievements thus far
  • The system chosen by Exeter empowers our students, providing immediate access to their transcript and putting them in charge of issuing it to prospective employers

Benefits to Employers

Degree transcripts have traditionally been viewed as unfit for purpose and limited in scope. The HEAR provides a more detailed picture of a student’s achievements and experience and can be used as part of the recruitment and selection process.

Benefits to the University

  • Enabling the student to take ownership of issuing their transcript provides administrative savings
  • Implementing the HEAR has allowed us to examine and streamline business processes
  • The HEAR complements a range of strategic initiatives across the University, currently under discussion by the HEAR Project Board

Timescale for introducing the HEAR at the University

  • The HEAR was ‘soft launched’ in November 2014, initially making it available to 2014 graduates
  • At the July 2015 graduation, those graduating from undergraduate courses received the first HEARs incorporating details of extracurricular achievements
  • Plans for 2015/16
    • The HEAR was made available to taught postgraduates starting with those graduating in January 2016
    • More achievements will be incorporated into the HEAR (see list here)
    • Options will be considered to introduce an interim HEAR to continuing students as a formative document to aid career planning