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'Recognising and presenting student learning in the 21st century: a work in progress'
Wednesday 03 May 2017, 10:15am - 03:30pm

The fourth Annual National Seminar on implementing the Higher Education Achievement Report and related work.

Wednesday 3rd May, 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University

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We have come a long way since pilot work on the HEAR was initiated in 2008.  In the UK – and across the world - it is increasingly recognised that:

  • the learning and achievement of our students is not limited to their academic studies;
  • institutions need to make decisions about the extent to which they wish to recognise and value such 'lifewide learning' and achievements as part of the statements they make about the achievements of their graduates;
  • the formative use of 'richer records' of student achievements can support processes of reviewing and planning, and help students set targets and take increasing responsibility for their own development;
  • students may need support in making use of such records with third parties such as potential employers;
  • in an online world the digital presentation of such records, and the supporting evidence for these, will be increasingly important.

Our 2017 annual seminar will seek to locate HEAR implementation within the contexts of best practice and emerging policy drivers.  Key Seminar themes will be:

  • Connecting the HEAR to other initiatives (‘making the case’ for why and how the HEAR matters now).
  • Showcasing emerging and interesting practice.
  • Going Forward: student and employer engagement - key issues for implementation now.

Outline Programme:


(onward) Registration, refreshments.         





Introductions and welcomes: Penny Sweasey, Head of Centre for

Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Locating the HEAR in a global context.

Rob Ward, the Centre for Recording Achievement.









Connecting the HEAR to developments in 2015 and beyond: ‘making the case’ for why and how the HEAR matters now.

With stimulus contributions from:-

  • Andy Westwood, Director, the University of Wolverhampton Observatory, co-director, Policy@Manchester and Associate Vice   President for Public Affairs at the University of Manchester.
  • Ian Welch, QAA

And follow-on discussion focussed upon ‘the business case’ for my         institution’, and ‘What might we need to do to get ‘best value’ from the HEAR?





Accessing innovative and interesting practice. (Your choice from a range of options).

An opportunity to learn more about emerging HEAR and HEAR related practice, to include additional awards, the significance of the public   engagement agenda and Researcher Development: the ‘Doctoral Supplement’. 





Showcasing innovative and interesting practice. (Your second       opportunity).









Going forward by building upon existing learning:  key issues for attention now.

(Participants choose one, the emphasis here will be upon how work done so far can be built upon by HEAR practitioners within their own working environments.)

  • Developing and implementing strategies for local engagement with employers: Joanie Magill, Goldsmiths, University of London.
  • Messages from students: implications from the HEA HEAR survey for promoting more effective student engagement with the HEAR in your institution.  Helen May, the Higher Education Academy.




Developing a collective view: ‘Looking to the future, how would you  like to see the HEAR developed and supported nationally?’ 

Chaired by Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Chair, HEAR National Advisory Committee.

 3.30  Thanks, close, depart.