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Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

Log your activities

Big Essex Award logo

Log into your Gradintelligence account to record all of the activities you’ve been doing recently through the Big Essex Award.

When you study at Essex, you get far more than just a degree. Along with showcasing your academic achievements, the HEAR records any activities you’ve undertaken and logged through the Big Essex Award, and any awards and prizes you receive.


You can use your HEAR as you go through your degree as a record of all your achievements. You can also use it to apply for internships and placements, as it’s a fully certified record of your academic results too.

When you graduate, you can share a secure digital version of your HEAR with employers and other universities, providing them with a University-certified record of your achievements.

Gradintelligence, the University’s partner who providesyour HEAR, has range of tools that you can use to get ready for your next step.


If you’re an undergraduate and started in 2014 or after, you have access to your HEAR now and you just need to activate your account. When you graduate, your HEAR will be finalised and you’ll have full access to it for life.

If you’re an undergraduate who started before 2014 or a you're a postgraduate, you won’t have access to a HEAR but you’ll receive a printed transcript of your academic results when you graduate.

How it works

If you want your activities, like being a Course Representative or being on your Sports Exec, to be shown on your HEAR then you’ll need to sign up to the Big Essex Award. It’s a really simple process and anything you complete through the Award will automatically be shown on your HEAR, along with any awards and prizes you receive.

Activate your account

You'll receive an email from Gradintel with a link to activate your account. It’s important that you activate it now, even if you’re not graduating this year so that you can get full use from your HEAR.

Your record for life

The HEAR is a secure digital document that you can access and share for life, for free. You’ll still get a degree certificate when you graduate, but there is no printed version of your HEAR. If a government or institution are refusing to accept the HEAR, please contact the (Graduation Team ).

  • If you haven't activated your HEAR before Graduation

    For three months following Graduation, GradIntel will continue to send out activation links to your University of Essex email account. Please note that your University of Essex email will be closed three months after you have officially left us.

    To avoid issues with accessing your HEAR, it is very important you activate your GradIntel account within this three month period.

    If you have not activated your HEAR account within this time frame, and your University of Essex email address has expired, you will need to contact to request an activation email to be sent to your personal email account. However, it is strongly advised that you activate your account as soon as possible - via your Essex email - to avoid any potential difficulties with accessing your HEAR.

Accessing and sharing

If you have activated your account but are having trouble finding your HEAR or if you wish to share it with a University or an employer please refer to:

Data protection

Please note that the University of Essex will share your data with GradIntel only for the purposes of producing the HEAR and making it available to you electronically.

Other services

GradIntel makes available to registered students other services which may be of interest, such as:

  • the preparation and submission of applications for advertised employment opportunities
  • sharing your HEAR with employers

No data will be passed to employers without your permission and these services are entirely optional, you may choose which, if any, opportunities you wish to pursue further. Following registration with the GradIntel service you can specify your contact preferences.

Contact us

If you’ve got any questions about your HEAR, please email us

  • How we will communicate with you

    We want to ensure that every eligible student is accessing all the benefits the HEAR has to offer therefore you will be contacted periodically via email.

    The information in these emails is vitally important so it is essential that you ensure that is not directed to your junk folder.

    We won't communicate with you unnecessarily, you will only receive emails in the following instances:

    • to tell you what the HEAR is and why you need to sign up
    • to remind you to sign up if you haven’t already – if you have activated your account you will no longer receive activation reminder emails from
    • to tell you your HEAR has been updated with exam marks as well as any new activities you have logged through the Big Essex Award
    • to make you aware of any changes, such as requests to change your password, how to use GradIntel’s website, how to access/share your HEAR, etc
    • to update you on any system issues, e.g. if the system is down, displaying out-of-date or incorrect information, etc will not use your email for marketing purposes but if you wish to opt-out of receiving emails after activating your account please contact will never email asking for your account login details so if you receive any emails asking for this information please delete and notify