The Big Essex Award

The Big Essex Award is the University’s employability and skills award. 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.

Any student who is registered at the University of Essex can sign up to, and complete the award.

The Big Essex 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 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.

You can record your extra-curricular activities through The Big Essex Award by logging into your GradIntel account. The units for each level of the award can be achieved by completing a variety of different activities which are listed on GradIntel. Ensure you log your units by 1 June deadline each year for them to be recognised the next time your HEAR updates, or on your final HEAR if you are a final year student.

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