The Big Essex Award

Big Essex Award login

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Sign up to the Big Essex Award now. Already signed up? Make sure you log your units and track your progress.

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 CareerHub.

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 prospective employers.

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.

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

Contact us

Big Essex Award

Employability and Careers Centre

Square 2, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ


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