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The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) records experience and skills gained at UWS to allow students to better connect their University experience with employability.

It includes:

  • academic information about your course, modules and grades
  • extra-curricular activities
  • awards, such as the Court Medal, University prizes, Volunteering awards and
  • many other additional achievements

A HEAR will be issued to all undergraduate students who graduate from July 2016 onwards. You can use it to help you demonstrate your skills when applying for jobs/further study. The HEAR has been developed through a national project, so employers and other universities know about it too.

Find out more on the HEAR website.

Which activities are recognised on the HEAR?

Court Medals

Court medals are awarded at each level (year) of each programme for the best overall student performance in that group.

University Prizes

There are a range of prizes awarded for specific achievements within programmes. For example, the Donaldson Prize is awarded to the student presenting the best dissertation in the Social Science degree programme. Talk to your programme leader about criteria for prizes on your programme of study.

Volunteer Recognition

You can get voluntary work recognised by the University for your HEAR. To apply for the UWS Volunteer Recognition Award, or for more information, email

Student Fellowship

The Student Fellowship Scheme (SFS) was initiated by the SAUWS Depute President of Education and Welfare as an attempt to enhance the student learning experience at UWS. Further information can be found on the SAUWS Student Fellowship webpage.

Employer Mentoring

Employer mentoring enables students to gain an insight into a particular industry and the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge about what employers look for. Through one-to-one support with their mentors, students gained help with developing their confidence, goal setting, CV building, application forms and mock interviews. To find out more about the programme please contact Lynsey McMahon on 0141 848 3451.

Sporting Achievements & Student Representation

Being part of Team UWS or being a Student Rep is a great way to make new friends and to feel part of UWS. If you are part of Team UWS or a Student Rep this will be included in your HEAR. Further information can be found on the SAUWS Student Rep webpage.

Change Makers

This is an amazing 3 day programme that can help you to take ownership of your future. It will help you to:

  • set and achieve goals

  • understand and recognise self-defeating behaviour

  • increase your self-esteem and confidence

The programme focuses on transforming mindsets, beliefs, human relations and building resilience. During the course you will be asked to set 2 goals – one personal and one academic. You will then get support in achieving these goals.

On completion of the programme you will receive certification that you can include on your CV and the award will be included in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).


Coming Soon to HEAR - Peer Assisted Learning

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a scheme that fosters cross-year support between students on the same course. It encourages students to support each other and learn cooperatively under the guidance of students from the year above.

The purpose of PAL is for higher year students to support first year students through the transition to Higher Education whilst developing their learning and study strategies such as exam and revision techniques, note-taking and essay writing skills, in creative ways. Each session is a chance for first years to share studying problems or worries within a supportive, informal environment. They do this through support and facilitation but, importantly, PAL is not teaching.

Which activities are not eligible?

The following activities are not eligible for inclusion in the HEAR:

  • work for University or Students’ Association retail and catering outlets
  • activities undertaken outside the University or its Students’ Association (e.g. volunteering roles that are not offered through UWS)
  • employment outside the University
  • activities achieved before admittance to the University

How is the HEAR structured?

The section numbers mirror the Diploma Supplement.

Section 1

Basic student details, e.g. name and student ID.

Section 2

Qualification title and subject, including the awarding institution.

Section 3

Detailed information on the qualification, including level of study, duration and entry requirements.

Section 4

The contents and results of the Programme, including an academic transcript.

Section 5

The function of the qualification (e.g. access to further study or professional status). 

Section 6

Verifiable extra-curricular awards, activities and achievements (e.g. prizes).

Section 7

Date of issue, signature of Registrar and the University 'stamp'.

What is the format of a HEAR?

Your official HEAR will be issued to you as a PDF file, via a secure online system that you will be able to access both before and after graduation. The HEAR conforms to the national HEAR template, which is based on the structure of the Diploma Supplement (and is accepted as an official variant). The Diploma Supplement is already used across Europe, and helps institutions understand the different type of higher education systems and qualifications that exist.

An example HEAR can be viewed here. 

How can I use my HEAR?

As a student at UWS, you have access to a wealth of different opportunities to make your university experience unforgettable. Coming to university isn't just about seminars, lectures and exams. It's also about developing as a person and gaining experience and skills to help you succeed in your studies, and with whatever you choose to do after university.

The University can now help you to demonstrate all the valuable experience and skills you have gained, by giving you official recognition for not only your academic achievements, but also your wider engagement and learning, by recording this in your HEAR.

How can I add to my HEAR?

If you take advantage of all the extra-curricular opportunities that the University and the Students' Union (SU) provide, you can gain recognition for this wider involvement.

Information about your extra-curricular activities and awards that meet the criteria for HEAR recognition will be added to your HEAR by University/SU staff (the HEAR is an official document, so students cannot add information to it themselves).

If you have any questions or concerns about the criteria/process for gaining HEAR recognition, you should speak to your activity organiser at the earliest opportunity.

How is the HEAR governed at UWS?

A HEAR Advisory Board was established in Spring 2016, prior to the launch of the Internal HEAR at UWS in the summer of 2016. The HEAR Advisory Board is responsible for overseeing long-term HEAR management at the University and will normally meet two times a year.

Membership largely comprises former HEAR Project Steering Group members. However, the group has been widened to ensure representation of all long-term HEAR stakeholders, and reporting links will be created with additional groups, including the Students' Union HEAR Management Group and the Careers Advisory Board.

What are the criteria for activities to be included in the HEAR?

The HEAR Guidance and Inclusion Criteria document explains the criteria that activities must meet.

Last updated: 28/08/2017