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Any university experience will have its ups and downs. Having the focus and drive to make the most of it is key!

HEAR institutions

The HEAR is available or is currently being implemented at the following universities.

Abertay University

Aberystwyth University
Aston University
Bangor University

Bath Spa University

Birmingham City University
Brunel University

Canterbury Christ Church University

De Montfort University

Goldsmiths, University of London

Keele University

King's College London

Kingston University London

Liverpool John Moores University

Newcastle University

Newman University

Northumbria University

Norwich University of the Arts
Nottingham Trent University
Oxford Brookes University

Robert Gordon University

Staffordshire University

Swansea University

University Campus Suffolk
University College London

University of Aberdeen

University of Bedfordshire

University of Bradford
University of Central Lancashire

University of Chichester

University of Derby
University of Glasgow

University of Gloucestershire

University of Greenwich

University of East Anglia

University of Edinburgh

University of Essex
University of Exeter

University of Kent
University of Leeds

University of Leicester

University of Manchester

University of Plymouth

University of Portsmouth

University of Sheffield

University of St Andrews
University of South Wales

University of Sunderland

University of Surrey
University of the West of England

University of Ulster

University of Warwick

University of West London

University of Westminster

University of Winchester

University of Worcester

York St John University

The HEAR in practice

Although the HEAR is standardised to make it easy to use and the structure of the report will always be the same, universities are implementing it in their own unique way.

The University of Sheffield, for example, has one-to-one conversations between students and tutors based around the HEAR to ensure that development plans can be put in place to help students make the most out of their experience.

Give it a go

The Students’ Union also runs a ‘Give it a Go’ programme to encourage students to get involved in activities that will help develop important skills and count towards their HEAR. These range from a 5 week Catalan course to a Photoshop and Photography course!

The University of Manchester use the HEAR as a means of recording a wide range of achievements during the university course, as well as a way of helping students to make the most of their time.

Alongside focus groups with blue chip employers and feedback from students, the university has identified the growing importance of extra-curricular achievement for student development and graduate employability. With close support from the students’ union, a growing number of activities, society involvement and awards are being approved to count towards the HEAR.

University College London publishes interim HEARs on the Gradintel site twice a year to give students access to their report on a regular basis. As well as recording academic data, the HEAR at UCL will record if students have been an officer of a society or club, certain voluntary activities through the Voluntary Services Unit and any Language Centre modules taken that are not part of a student’s degree programme.

Keele University produces its report in a digital format only and is also accessed through the Gradintel website. Students have a variety of activities that can be included in section 6.1, where the extra-curricular activities are displayed. From being a student mentor or part of the entrepreneurship scheme (SPEED) to participating in one of the 4 levels of volunteering programmes, there are lots of ways to showcase your achievement over and above elected athletic and students’ union positions. The Gradintel website allows employers to discover you through ‘tagging’. Essentially through your achievements and interests, potential employers can flag their interest in you. Students can share their HEAR with prospective employers through the site by issuing them with a ‘token’.