Background

UCL was established in 1826 in order to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class or religion. UCL is a world-class, research-led, multi-faculty university, consciously and deliberately global and wide-ranging in its reach and ambition. Student achievements are evidence of engagement with one of the most prominent issues of our time: citizenship.

A Higher Education Achievement Report, (HEAR), sets out what an undergraduate student has achieved during their period of enrolment at UCL in a verified format. It incorporates the traditional transcript but also acknowledges achievements a student has made. It is available in an electronic format only.

The purpose of the HEAR is to provide more information about individual student achievement and is intended to help students’ potential employers, other Universities or any other third party authorised by the student, to gain more insight into programmes of study, modules passed and other verified activity individual students have achieved. Although students are not obliged to share any of the information, it is envisaged that the HEAR will enhance employability or further education opportunities because it provides more verified information about them.

The HEAR is a national requirement. It includes the model developed by the European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES for a diploma supplement. The HEAR provides a description of the nature, level and context of a programme. As well as verifying academic results it also records non-degree related achievements that have been verified by UCL. These include:

  • being an officer of a Club or Society
  • voluntary activity that has been recognised by the Voluntary Services Unit as being significant enough for inclusion in a HEAR.
  • completed Language Centre modules that do not form part of a student’s degree programme.

Details about non-degree activities that are eligible for inclusion on a HEAR are set out in the section entitled Non-degree related student achievements.

UCL participated in a national steering group managed by the Centre for Recording Achievement and agreed to participate in the first tranche of institutions providing HEARs from the 2011-12 academic session onwards. All other higher education institutions that did not participate in the pilot are expected to provide HEARs from the 2012-2013 academic session.

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