The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR): a guide for employers

The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) is a new type of transcript which provides a wider picture of a student’s achievement at university. To date over ninety higher education institutions have implemented or are implementing the HEAR and we will be issuing HEARs to students graduating from 2017 onwards. With more and more students graduating with a HEAR, we’ve created this mini guide to outline what it is and what it can offer.

What is the HEAR?

The HEAR is a new type of transcript which contains information on both academic and co-curricular achievement and helps to present a fuller range of skills, knowledge and experience acquired at university.

The HEAR follows a standard format. It’s no more than six pages in length and contains 8 sections. It provides information about the degree programme studied and academic results by year as well as the overall degree classification the student has achieved at the end of their course.

The HEAR also provides information on additional activities undertaken by the students which are verified by the university. Additional activities fall into three categories:

  • additional recognised activities;
  • university / professional prizes; and
  • additional awards.

Students will still graduate with a degree certificate, but the HEAR fleshes out the achievements beneath the degree classification.

What are the benefits for employers?

The HEAR is set up in a clear, nationally standardised format. It provides more detailed information about a student’s achievements and it is verified and validated by Goldsmiths, so you can have confidence in the information it contains.

Because it contains more detailed information, it will make it easier to differentiate between candidates with the same degree classification and because it contains information about co-curricular activities and additional achievements, it can help to show the skills, personality and attitude which you might be looking for in your organisation.

The HEAR starts when the student enrols and builds as they move through their degree programme. At the end of each year, students are issued an Interim HEAR which they can share, so it can be used to support applications for summer jobs, work experience and internships before graduation. The final, exit HEAR which is issued on graduation shows the full picture of the student’s achievements at university and can help identify consistency.

How to read the HEAR

This graphic created by HEAR shows each section and how you could use the information contained in it. Further information about the HEAR is available on the HEAR website.

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Graphics courtesy of http://www.hear.ac.uk/

If you would like further information about the HEAR at Goldsmiths and are interested in becoming involved in our research and development, please contact Joanie, HEAR Coordinator, HEAR@gold.ac.uk

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