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Graduate recruitment to adopt report cards

Published: Thursday, 05 November 2009   Category: All Graduate job news

Graduate recruiters will soon be able to get a better view of a candidate after it was announced yesterday (November 4th) that report cards are to be issued to university students from 2011.

The move could eventually lead to a complete change in the qualification system for UK establishments, where the current arrangement of first, second and third class degrees is abolished.

The adoption of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) as a means of grading graduates could assist recruiters in selecting the best candidate, according to Leicester University vice-chancellor Professor Bob Burgess.

He told the Times: "The HEAR will be of great benefit to students and employers and enables institutions to clearly demonstrate the breadth and depth of the student experience in higher education in the most effective and efficient way."

The report cards are set to include information on extracurricular activities such as work experience and society participation.

The current UK system of grading is similar to that used in Ireland, South Africa, Australia and Kenya.

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