In this article:
- What is the HEAR and what is it for?
- When & why was the HEAR created?
- How is the HEAR hosted?
- How will a graduate share the HEAR with me?
- How can I verify a HEAR?
- What guidance is there for different types of businesses/third parties?
What is the HEAR and what is it for?
The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) is an electronic document produced by a higher education institution that provides a record of student achievement during their period of study.
It provides detailed information about your learning and achievement to supplement the traditional degree classification and standard transcript, and includes your modules results, any awards attained and your final degree classification.
The official HEAR website has lots of information to help understand the HEAR.
Benefits of the HEAR
The HEAR has the potential to bring a wide range of benefits to students, employers and higher education institutions. The HEAR can also be seen as a symbolic and practical expression of the UK’s student-centred and quality-focussed higher education culture. It is anticipated that the HEAR will become a key feature in differentiating and distinguishing the UK higher education system. For more information about this, please visit – HEAR – The Benefits.
We also recommend taking a look at HEAR Toolkit and the Employer’s Quick Guide to the HEAR.
When & why was the HEAR created?
The HEAR was an initiative developed following a report produced by the Measuring and Recording Student Achievement Steering Group, in 2007. The Beyond The Honours Degree Classification report concluded that the development of the HEAR would assist in providing a richer record of student activity, as well as modernising the traditional degree classification system.
The HEAR replaces the ‘diploma supplement’ which used to be produced for graduates who needed more detail, especially for getting their degree recognised overseas.
The HEAR was formally introduced by the Burgess Implementation Steering Group in October 2012, through the publication of a report entitled Bringing It All Together: Introducing the HEAR, which provided a comprehensive breakdown of the HEAR and its implementation.
The first HEARs were published in August 2013, which is when King’s starting issuing them.
More information about the HEAR can be found on the following websites:
- The official HEAR website
- The Joint Information System Committee (JISC)
- The Centre for Recording Achievement
How is the HEAR hosted?
The HEAR is hosted on Gradintelligence or ‘Gradintel’ as we usually call it, which is a service and website external to King’s, and is used by universities in the UK to deliver the HEAR. It is owned the Tribal Group but the content of the HEAR is supplied and managed by King’s and is linked to the student’s record.
If you’d like to find out more about Gradintel and their university partners, please take a look at their Gradintelligence - Education partners.
How will a graduate share the HEAR with me?
The HEAR is designed to be used digitally. As such, graduates will share the HEAR via the official ‘Share’ function on the Gradintel website. Using this method, they are sharing the live and most up-to-date version of their HEAR. You will receive a link via email which you can view the HEAR.
Important to know: We advise graduates against attempting to download their HEAR and sending it via email attachment. Due to certain encryptions on the document and the website, doing this can make the HEAR appear invalid and inauthentic.
For more information, you can take a look at what we tell our students about their HEAR in preparation for graduating in our article What is the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)?
How can I verify a HEAR?
If you need to verify the information presented in the HEAR, the best way is to refer to the Employer’s Quick Guide or the HEAR Toolkit for more detail.
You can also use another online service – HEDD which is an online database for UK universities designed for third parties to verify the qualifications of graduates. We recommend using the service to confirm a degree held by a candidate, although this database won’t hold as much detail as the HEAR.
What guidance is there for different types of businesses/third parties?
The HEAR website has a wide range of information and guidance about how different organisations and employers can use and understand the HEAR.
We’ve put together a list of handy links here: