Mr Rob Ward (Doctor of Laws)

Friday 18 July, 3pm

Press comment

"I am delighted to receive this award from the University, and indeed to have been associated with the work of a number of University colleagues for a number of years.  Through this involvement I’ve been able to appreciate, and contribute is small ways to, rich and innovative work to support student learning and achievement, whether in particular disciplines, through engagement with the local community, or at a national level.  I have learned a lot too, and count it as a real privilege to have had such opportunities."


Rob Ward is the Director of the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA) in the UK.

The CRA is a not for profit company limited by guarantee, registered charity, Associate Partner of the Higher Education Academy and international community of practice.  It operates as a membership organisation for those with an interest in recording achievement in educational contexts, reflection within the learning process, personal development planning practice and ePortfolios, and also carries out strategic policy research and evaluation within its areas of interest. Its members, which include 46 universities, are drawn from across the lifelong learning sector, inclusive of employers and professional bodies.  Further information about the evolution of the CRA can be found at  Information about the Board of Trustees can be found at:

Rob leads work to support Personal Development Planning implementation in UKHE nationally and led the CRA contribution to the National Coordination Team on Student Employability (ESECT, 2002/5).  He took a leading role in the revision of the sectoral Guidelines on Personal Development Planning (2009) and in the development of the QA toolkit in respect of extra-curricular awards (2013). He was a member of the initial Scoping Group on Measuring and Recording Student Achievement (2004-6) and subsequently led the development of materials on which the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) was based in the report of the second Burgess Group (‘Beyond the honours degree classification’).  He is now involved in supporting the implementation of this initiative across UKHE.

Following Directorship of the Lifelong Learning Support Project he led on the e-portfolio scoping reports for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in 2005. Subsequently he directed a JISC Project looking at the use of e-portfolios in e-assessment, and with Janet Strivens, a project on the role of e-portfolios in securing employer engagement in higher level learning. He was a ‘critical friend’ to the national project on e-portfolios in Australian Higher Education, and provided a keynote contribution to the first Australian e-portfolio symposium (Brisbane, 2008).   Subsequently he acted as a ‘critical friend’ to the ‘Developing a Systematic, Cross-Faculty Approach to Teaching and Assessing Reflection in Higher Education (DRAW)  project in Australia, and currently co-ordinates the CRA contribution to the new Australian Project ‘Curate, credential and carry forward digital learning evidence’.  Elsewhere, he provides UK leadership on the Europortfolio initiative, has played a co-ordinating role within the Inter/national Coalition for ePortfolio research, and is a Board Member of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence informed Learning (AAEEBL) based in the US.   Rob moderates the assessment of HE level portfolios for national and institutional awards. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bolton (UK).


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