Implementing the HEAR at Bath Spa University – our journey so far Dr Kate Davies January 2013. Structure of Presentation. Background From Initial Reservations to Current Position Key Features of Success Unfinished Issues. Background. Initial trialling began in late 2008 – 18 institutions
issues of size, particularly when looking at combined programmes, detail of information and suitability of information and style – need to standardise.
In July 2011 Bath Spa University, in a joint bid with 6 other HEIs (Cranfield University,
Coventry University, De Montfort University, Liverpool John Moores University, SOAS and the
University of Sheffield) and the software supplier Digitary, was awarded funding by HEFCE
through JISC under the Universities Modernisation Fund, for Project DARE - Digital Academic
Digitary is a security software system that is used by Higher Education Institutions for the online
issuing and authentication online of official electronic graduation documents and other
documents. The project focus is on the implementation of Digitary software at the participating
HEIs and its development for the electronic delivery of the HEAR to students.
Project DARE implementation is also providing the initial data collection portal for BSU. This will
allow our Schools to enter their programme information for Section 4.2, as well as supporting the
collection of information for Section 6.1 of the HEAR. An associated approval process will be
part of the data capture processes.
Ultimately the project aim is the implementation of a production cloud-based shared service for
the delivery of the HEAR that is demonstrably operational with a range of institutions using
different Student Records Systems.