This week we have been emailing several thousand eligible students about the upcoming availability of their Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), which we currently plan to release to them during the week commencing 12th February.

The HEAR is the new, digital, extended University results transcript for students. It provides a much more comprehensive account of a student’s academic programme (including the admissions requirements, programme structure, aims and outcomes, and PSRB recognition), their module and qualification results and grading scheme.

The HEAR will, in time, also include approved and University-verified achievements like the Bolton Award, academic awards and prizes, volunteering, involvement as a student representative, and committee, board and panel memberships.

Students will be able to view and digitally share their developing HEAR throughout their programme of study and will continue to have view and share access in years to come, after it becomes final and is locked to further changes when they complete their programme.

I have written to a range of post-holders in Schools, Central Services and the Students’ Union in recent weeks to request that they distribute briefing information to their staff, as appropriate, to ensure that they are aware of the HEAR and can explain the basics to relevant students, if required. In case you need it, the Briefing Note for staff is here.

Over the coming weeks and months there will be a range of further staff and student communications about the HEAR. Meanwhile, there is a HEAR website with more information at: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/hear/ and any queries which aren’t addressed by the Briefing Note or website may be directed to the HEAR mailbox at: ku.ca1534670017.notl1534670017ob@ra1534670017eh1534670017.

Dr Paul Birkett, Standards and Enhancement Office

Chair, HEAR Management Group

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