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'Recognising and presenting student learning in the 21st century: a work in progress'
Wednesday 03 May 2017, 10:15am - 04:00pm

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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the learning and achievement of our students is not limited to their academic studies;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:

  • 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:

09.45      (onward) Registration, refreshments.

10.15      Introductions and welcomes: Penny Sweasey, Head of Centre for

               Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Manchester Metropolitan


               Locating the HEAR in a global context.

               Rob Ward, the Centre for Recording Achievement.

10.40      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?

11.40      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’. 

12.45      Lunch

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

2.20        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.

3.00        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.