The Big Essex Award
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The Big Essex Award is the University’s Employability
Award. Quite simply, 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. The award is made up
of three different levels.
- Bronze (50 units)
- Silver (100 units)
- Gold (150 units)
The units for each level of the award can be achieved
by completing a variety of different activities which
are listed in The Big Essex Award handbook and on
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).
The HEAR 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.
If you’re an undergraduate student who registered
from 2014 onwards you’ll receive a HEAR when you
graduate. From 2016-17 you’ll also be able to access a
digital version of your HEAR so you can share it with
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 1000 students have completed it, now
it’s your turn.
for the information sessions we'll be running throughout
the year to help you get started.
The EssexCV pack
Our Essex CV pack takes you through
the CV-writing process from beginning to end, helping you showcase the full extent of your skills and experience, promote yourself to employers and get the opportunity you really want.
frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.
Start your job search and career development now with the new Essex CareerHub resource. Log in using your regular Essex campus account details to access the jobs board and book on to our events.
See photos of what went on at last year's Big Essex Celebration on our 2015 Award Flickr set.