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The Big Essex Award

Log your activities

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Log into your Gradintelligence account to record your extra-curricular activities through The Big Essex Award.

The Big Essex Award is the University’s employability and skills ward. It aims to help identify the skills you've developed over your time at Essex so that you can show future employers why they should hire you.

The award will recognise the extra-curricular and voluntary activities that you complete during your time at Essex, both on and off campus and is made up of four different levels.

  • Bronze (50 units)
  • Silver (100 units)
  • Gold (150 units)
  • Platinum (250 units)

The units for each level of the award can be achieved by completing a variety of different activities which are listed on GradIntel.

Make it count – get University recognition

We're passionate about recognising all your academic and extra-curricular achievements. That’s why all the great activities you complete as part of the Big Essex Award will be verified by us and included on your university digital transcript, the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) or Further Achievement Report (FAR) if you’re a postgraduate student.

The HEAR / FAR is the way we formally recognise all your achievements. It’s designed to showcase your knowledge and skills, to help you really stand out from the crowd in a competitive graduate market.

You can access a digital version of your HEAR so you can share it with prospective employers or other Universities if you are planning on continuing your studies. Currently the FAR is only available in paper format.

The Higher Education Achievement Report Introduction from The Higher Education Academy on Vimeo.

Sounds great doesn’t it? Just one extra reason to sign up for the Big Essex Award.

Can anyone complete the Big Essex Award?

Yes! Any student who is registered at the University of Essex can sign up to, and complete, the Big Essex Award. So far over 6000 students have completed it, now it’s your turn.

Check CareerHub for the information sessions we'll be running throughout the year to help you get started.

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