Higher education achievement report (HEAR)

The HEAR

Every year, as thousands of our students graduate on Plymouth Hoe, they receive degree certificates which record the academic successes amassed during their studies at Plymouth University. But many of our graduates do much outside the classroom which goes unrecorded.

We therefore present our students with a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), as part of a national initiative which provides a new way of recording student achievement. It is intended to help students stand out from the crowd when seeking employment, by providing more details about your learning and achievements than the traditional degree classification system. This record is created from the moment our students start at Plymouth University and is viewable to most students throughout their studies.

We believe this adds further testament to our mission of supporting students and recognising their curricular and extra-curricular achievements. You can watch a really useful video introduction to the HEAR:

The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

Distinguishing student experience

The Higher Education Academy has provided a video introduction to the HEAR.

Watch the HEAR video on Vimeo

What will my HEAR include?

The HEAR includes and extends the existing record of academic achievement: the academic transcript, and the European Diploma Supplement. This information follows the same documentation you would expect for students graduating from any university in Europe.

But it also features additional information relating to any extra-curricular activities which are formally recognised by the University – for example, the Plymouth Award, being a Student Ambassador or joining up to the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS). Further details of what appears on the HEAR can be found in the FAQs and on the section descriptions page.

View an example of a mock HEAR report.

The benefits of your HEAR

The HEAR will promote your activities to prospective employers and promote Plymouth University student achievements to local, regional and national employers and stakeholders.

The HEAR will detail additional activities you have undertaken alongside your University programme, which demonstrate that you have the type of skills that employers are looking for from graduates. These might include, for example:

  • teamworking
  • communication
  • business awareness
  • confidence and assertiveness
  • IT skills.

When and how will I get my HEAR?

You will be able to login into the HEAR system from the moment that you receive an email from Gradintelligence where you can view your HEAR as you progress through your studies and more achievements are added to it. At the conclusion of your course you are then issued with your complete (summative) HEAR after confirmation of your award. 

Your electronic version of the HEAR is produced on our behalf by Gradintelligence, an external supplier already contracted by other universities to produce the HEAR. Details of your academic and other achievements are transferred to Gradintelligence in order for them to create your HEAR, and once you have activated your account with them you will be able to access your record and, if you wish, share it with specific employers, recruitment agencies or other institutions. 

For further details please read our FAQs. If you have any further questions which are not answered then please email hear@plymouth.ac.uk.

Frequently asked questions

Find out all the answers to your questions about your HEAR.

View our HEAR FAQs

About the Higher Education Achievement Report

Discover more information and resources on the official HEAR website

Find out more about the HEAR

Plymouth Extra: a catalogue of extra-curricular activities to enhance your graduate attributes

From learning a new language to making a difference within the community, there are nearly 250 activities available, with countless ways to get involved and enhance your employability skills.

Visit the Plymouth Extra page and search the catalogue

Support doesn't stop when you graduate with Plymouth University

Still considering your options? Or want to continue to develop your skills for the workplace? Jobshop is here to support you.

Jobshop is Plymouth University's very own on-campus graduate recruitment and internship service.

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