UCL response to degrees accrediting non-academic skills

9 January 2011

UCL Portico

UCL’s Academic & International Vice Provost Professor Michael Worton has responded to an article published in The Guardian newspaper that misrepresented the university’s position with regards to giving credit for non-academic skills.

Professor Worton said: “UCL is not in a similar position to the Universities of Leicester and Durham as was implied. We are not looking at giving academic credit for workplace skills in undergraduate degrees, but instead considering including these skills (as well as leadership of clubs and societies, volunteering etc) within the HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record), which is intended to provide more detailed information about a student's learning and achievement beyond the traditional degree classification system. 

UCL degrees are awarded exclusively on academic merit.“