The High Achievers' Recognition Scheme (HARS) at HELS BCU is the only scheme of its kind in the UK which is currently supporting students at University level to step on and step up and maximise their potential to become the best that they can be alongside their degree qualification. The scheme aims to develop their self-awareness and personal development. 
 
HARS is open to all eligible students who achieve good results academically, and to those who have made significant progress in terms of their academic grades whilst studying at BCU. It is a scheme which rewards both effort and achievement. Reflecting this, students can be referred into the scheme by nomination from a member of staff, or by self-nomination or recommendation. 
HARS provides enrichment opportunities across four tracks: Personal and Professional development, Advanced Academic Success, Voluntary and Community Opportunities and Internationalisation. 
 
Students will also have dedicated support from the University Careers Consultants. Students accessing this scheme will tailor their own journeys through the scheme during their studies and will access any available opportunity provided by the scheme, through attendance at courses, seminars, events and workshops. 
 
All of our events and opportunities are offered free of charge to eligible students. The scheme also works in partnership with Graduate+, the Library and the Personal Development Department. 
Our students report growing in confidence, as well as learning advanced academic skills and other things such as their preferred leadership style, and how to better manage their time. Students have access to a range of opportunities across our four tracks: Personal and Professional development, Advanced Academic Success, Voluntary and Community Opportunities and Internationalisation. 
How much time do students need to commit? 
 
There is a minimum amount of engagement expected from all HARS members which is explained to you as part of the joining process. All members are encouraged to make full use of all of the resources and opportunities available to them, members have found they benefit and develop more based on their level of engagement. Listen to our member testimonials to hear from the students themselves. 
What are the seminars about? 
 
We have a range of seminars available which cover the following topics: Leadership, Coaching and mentoring, managing self, resilience, get that job, presenting with impact and customer focus. They are repeated throughout the term and also available via an online Moodle portal, broadcasted live, and available to download afterwards. 
How do HARS students get their Insights individual personality profile? 
 
In order to access an Insights profile, students are first required to meet the minimum requirement of the scheme, and also attend all of the seminar series. The Insights profile is introduced in seminar five, and further details given to students at this point, when they will be established with the seminar series and know more about themselves as a person, upon which they can use their insights profile to build! 
In order to self refer students should email highachievers@bcu.ac.uk using the subject line ‘self-referral to the scheme’ including their name, student ID and programme of study and a short paragraph detailing why they would like to be part of the scheme. 
 
They will then be contacted by one of the team directly, once their email has been processed for further discussion/enrolment where appropriate. Alternatively, you are welcome to complete an application form, indicating that you are referring yourself. 
 
The application form link is available here 
Currently our HARS Scholars have and are working on the below projects; 
 
A parents and carers support group 
A mindfulness app project 
An Outreach strategy 
A Leadership Conference with a host of expert speakers 
Further FAQ’s are available on BCU’s icity page 
HARS has a website and strong social media presence; 
 
Twitter: @HARSbcu #highachievers #bestself 
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