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HEAR at Bradford - for staff

Staff from across the University will be involved in the HEAR either through generating activities/achievements, verifying student participation in activity or through encouraging your students to get involved fully with student life in order to have a complete and broad HEAR on graduation.

HEAR PowerPoint

For those of you who will be presenting the HEAR to new and returning students, please use this HEAR Presentation as a guide. 

As you can see below we also  have a helpful Prezi presentation which can be used to help explain the HEAR to staff members. 

 

Helping students engage with the HEAR

Taught Bradford-based students graduating in summer 2017 will be the first students to have their own HEAR, with future and other students following on. From 2017 onwards, students will be able to see an informal HEAR at the end of each academic year showing what they've achieved so far. This provides a great way for students to get a sense of their progress, and to make informed goals to get the most out of their remaining time at Bradford.

As a Personal Academic Tutor, or as someone involved in supporting student development, you can advantage your students by doing the following:

  • Help your students understand what the HEAR is and why it's important for them. If you are not sure yourself, use the What is the HEAR? page
  • Get your students to access their HEAR via Gradintelligence and to look at how their achievement record is developing. Ask them what they think about their academic results (Section 4), and their extracurricular activities (Section 6.1). Through discussion, get students to present a picture of what they’re doing well and where they could improve
  • Help students develop a concrete plan for their chosen next steps. The next time you see them, use this plan as a starting point for discussion

Note that the HEAR is essentially student-owned; students access it via their Gradintelligence account and can choose to share it with you. You will be able to see students’ marks as per usual in e:Vision and Blackboard Grade Centre and, in time, you should be able to see any verified extra-curricular activity via e:Vision as well.  Overall, a students' holistic path as recorded via the HEAR is theirs to develop, and yours to tutor.

See what a HEAR looks like

HEARs will be generated and can be viewed through Gradintelligence.

June 2017 update:  HEAR information for 16/17 is due to be updated in the coming weeks.  Programme achievements and details of any eligible achievements under section 6, that have been verified by the appropriate staff members, should appear after then and in time for 16/17 transcript release after graduation in July 2017.  

 

Download a sample HEAR:

  • coming soon

Get a HEAR Achievement endorsed

The University of Bradford is responsible for endorsing and verifying achievements outside of the programme of study that can be considered for inclusion in the HEAR.

A wide range of activities/achievements can be considered from across Faculties, Directorates and the Students' Union (UBU) and all must follow the endorsement process.

Achievements should meet the guiding principles outlined in the next section. You must complete the HEAR Achievements Application Form below and follow the Achievements Endorsement and Verification Timeline.

All applications will be received by a cross university HEAR Achievements Endorsement Panel, which will make recommendations for endorsement.

These will be submitted to the University's Learning and Teaching Committee (LTC), which will agree which achievements to endorse. Only LTC endorsed activities will appear on the HEAR.

Once an achievement is endorsed, the staff member responsible for the activity/achievement will be required to verify the students who successfully completed or engaged with the achievement.  This should happen via e:Vision and staff will be provided with guidance to complete this.

Application Form

HEAR Achievement Application form 1617 2 (28.8 KB)

Get in touch

Ruth Lefever, HEAR Achievements Manager.

Guiding principles of HEAR Achievements

The following principles will be utilised to consider and endorse achievements:

  • significant achievement via participation in co or extra-curricular activity
  • involves a minimum of 25 hours, voluntary or paid, over one academic year - pro-rata hours could be considered for part-time students.
  • assists students in demonstrating or developing at least two of the University's Employability Capabilities 
  • is a formalised student opportunity that is open to current University of Bradford students
  • is managed by a University, UBU or University stakeholder member/s of staff (it is intended that in future years, activities will be expanded to include activities managed by collaborative partner institutions)
  • has clear and transparent criteria for the recruitment and selection of participants
  • is managed in terms of recruitment, training and support for students, and for monitoring participation/engagement and completion
  • is verifiable by the University and/or UBU in terms of successful student participation and engagement

Please note that these principles will be used as a guide and there may be scope for further activity inclusion if appropriate.

Once endorsed, activity managers will be notified and provided with guidance on how to verify student participation in their activity. 

Please note that any Faculty/Department/Programme-based awards or prizes are not part of this process. Such achievements do not require University endorsement and should already be entered into the Student Records system (please check with Registry). Details of the achievement should therefore be automatically transferred onto the recipients’ HEAR.

Achievements endorsement and verification timeline

Applications, recommendations, endorsements and verification will follow the ‘Achievements Endorsement and Verification Timeline’ below.

Please note that timings may be amended to align with LTC scheduling each year. Where this is the case, details of revised timings will be made available.

August
  • Existing achievements confirmed for upcoming academic year
  • Any discontinued achievements removed from website
  • Any amendments to achievements notified to r.lefever@bradford.ac.uk
  • Achievements updates made in systems and on website
November
  • Call goes out the Faculties, Directorates and UBU for new achievements to be considered for the HEAR (standard application form to be completed)
December
  • First deadline for new applications to be submitted
January
  • HEAR Achievements Endorsement Panel meets
February
  • LTC considers recommendations and makes final endorsements
  •  Activity/achievement owners notified of outcomes and informed of verification process
  • Endorsed achievements entered onto systems and added to HEAR website
  • Activity/achievement owners verify student engagement (where completed)
March
  • Second call for new achievements to be considered for the HEAR (standard application form to be completed)
  • Second deadline for new applications to be submitted
April
  • HEAR Achievements Endorsement Panel meets
May
  • Activity/achievement owners verify student engagement (where completed)
June
  • LTC considers recommendations and makes final endorsements
  • Activity/achievement owners notified and informed of verification process
  • Endorsed achievements entered onto systems and added to HEAR website
  • Activity/achievement owners verify student engagement (newly endorsed and all outstanding)
July
  • Formal HEARs produced for graduating taught students
Ongoing
  • Activity/achievement owners (existing activities) verify student engagement
  • Interim (informal) HEARs available for all taught students
  • Please note: activities will appear on an individual’s HEAR if they have yet to be endorsed and verified

 

HEAR Achievements Endorsement Panel

The HEAR Achievements Endorsement Panel will meet twice a year to consider and recommend activities that are suitable for endorsement and therefore inclusion on the institution’s HEAR.

Recommendations for endorsement will be submitted to the University's Learning and Teaching Committee (LTC), which will agree which achievements to endorse. Only LTC endorsed activities will appear on the HEAR.

Once endorsed, activity owners will be notified and provided with guidance on how to verify student participation in their activity.