How to make an impact on your HEAR report
At Warwick, your HEAR report is your university transcript which includes your grades in each module throughout your degree as well as certain extra-curricular activities you are involved in. This is therefore a great way to show your employer how active you were on campus and demonstrates the transferable skills you have to the workplace. The following will list certain activities you can participate in, that will be included on the report. I have taken part in a number of these during my first year and very much enjoyed the varying activities.
- Warwick Skills Portfolio Award (WSPA)
This award consists of you attending workshops and various events, which are focussed around developing skills such as confidence and your career. There are a variety of workshops to choose from so there will definitely be one to suit you. For each workshop, you then have to write three reflective reports, talking about what you have gained. These reports are spread out and look at how you have implemented the goals you set for yourself in the workshop.
2. Warwick Intercultural Training Programme
Over two workshops (Intercultural awareness and intercultural competence) and a short online course, you will learn about customs in varying cultures as well as reflect on your own experiences. This is a great course to take due to the pure diversity of Warwick’s campus however it is also targeted at students who want to participate in study abroad programmes.
3. Course Representative for your department (SSLC)
These are elected positions and there is one available for each degree and year. These students work with lecturers within their department by attending bi-termly meetings and reporting on academic improvements for their course.
4. Warwick SU positions
With both Autumn and Spring elections, there are definitely a large number of positions you can get involved in. These include part-time and full-time positions, faculty/department representatives and NUS conference delegates. Despite some of these positions being time-consuming, they are a great way to make an impact university-wide, even sometimes nationally as well!
5. Warwick Volunteer Certificate
By completing 15 hours of volunteering over a year, you will receive the Warwick Volunteers Certificate as well as a Warwick Volunteers water bottle. This is a great activity to get involved in as it gets you out of the house and studying, while there being a plethora of different opportunities to get involved in.
6. Warwick in Africa/Warwick Laksh Programme
I personally haven’t been involved in this so far however I am very keen to go on the Warwick in Africa trip next year. The programme consists of spending your summer teaching students in either maths or English in the countries of Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa and India. You will take part in a number of preparatory sessions, as well as fundraising for the target of £1000.
7. Outstanding Student Contribution Award (OSCA) and Department Awards
Both of these awards are not something you can apply to but are awarded to exceptional students, while being featured on your HEAR. OSCA’s are awarded to student who have typically set up businesses, charities or had a significant impact on Warwick’s campus. Departmental prizes on the other hand, are awarded for high performance in exams, research/dissertations, or contribution to the department.