The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that higher education institutions in the UK offer to their students. The HEAR was launched in 2008 (with 18 institutions) following recommendations that universities needed to be able to provide a more comprehensive record of student achievement.

Currently, 90 universities and colleges are implementing or planning to implement the HEAR. This includes 32 institutions who have already issued 427,000 HEARs to students – and this number is increasing annually. The Higher Education Academy (HEA) provides the national support for the implementation and maintenance of the HEAR.

Making a decision about where to study?

If you are in the process of figuring out which college or university you want to go to and what you want to study, you might find The Student Room an interesting site to explore, including a HEAR guide that will help you explore how the HEAR might be a factor in that decision making process.

Trying to access your HEAR?

If you are a student or graduate from an institution that uses the Gradintel platform (details of Gradintel institutions is available here), then you need to visit the Gradintel website.

On this website you can find out about

  • Why and how the HEAR was developed;
  • Benefits for students, graduates, colleges, universities and employers;
  • Details about what is in an individual HEAR (including Section 6.1 - the extra-curricular achievements);
  • A list of UK institutions that are issuing HEARs (or are preparing to issue).