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The fourth Annual National Seminar on implementing the Higher Education Achievement Report and related work. Weds 3rd May 2017

'Recognising and presenting student learning in the 21st century: a work in progress'

 The fourth Annual National Seminar on implementing the

Higher Education Achievement Report and related work.

 3rd May, 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University


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

10.15     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.

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: Ian Welch, QAA

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

11.40     Extending the HEAR: Developments with the Doctoral Supplement.  Huw Morris and Gary Jones, Swansea University

12.45     Lunch

1.30        Showcasing innovative and interesting practice.

              (Participants choose one).

2.20        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.)

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

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  • Document Published: Wednesday, 03 May 2017