Academic Verifications - References
References for employers, embassies and other external organisations
Academic verifications may take up to 4 weeks to be processed and dispatched. This may take longer during our busiest periods in September and October. Please try not to contact us regarding the status of your request before 4 weeks have passed as this may cause delays.
**IMPORTANT - Changes to academic verifications from 26th July 2017**
From 26th July 2017 we will no longer be able to accept consent forms provided by third party organisations. This decision has been made to improve our processing time. Please ask the candidate (student) to complete the consent form available to download under the heading “Providing the candidate’s written consent”. Failure to use the University of Leeds consent form will result in delays.
What is an academic verification?
An academic verification is an official document, which confirms a student's basic programme and award information. It includes a student’s course start and end dates, date of award and classification (if applicable). Academic verifications are sent via email directly to the third party email address provided on the order form. We are unable to verify information over the telephone.
Who can apply?
This service is for third parties needing to verify a current or former student’s academic information.
Current students who require proof of their student status should apply for a registration status certificate at the Student Services Counter, Level 9, Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Building.
Former students who require a document to verify their programme and award information should apply for a former student statement.
If you need a character reference
If you are a third party organisation and you require a character reference, you should contact the student’s school or department.
How to apply
Please find out how to apply before placing your order to avoid delays.
Providing the candidate’s written consent
Before we proceed with your request we need to have received your order and the consent form, hand-signed by the candidate. We are no longer able to accept consent forms provided by third party organisations. This decision has been made in order to improve our processing time. Failure to use the University Leeds consent form will result in delays.
After the candidate has completed the consent form, please email this to us quoting your order number (beginning LEE….):
All current students and former taught* students email: email@example.com
Former research postgraduates** email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*taught programmes are undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes e.g. Bachelors, Masters etc.
**research postgraduate programmes include PhD, MD, EdD, MPhil and Masters by Research
Please ensure that the consent form is hand-signed by the candidate and the name of the third-party organisation matches the one provided on the order form.
There is a charge of £5.00 for each academic verification request. This is independent of whether we can or cannot confirm a student’s qualification or attendance, and whether you can or cannot obtain the student’s hand-signed consent. If you would like us to verify more than one degree, e.g. Bachelors and Masters, you will need to apply for an academic verification for each programme of study.
If you would like us to verify the degree of more than one student, please place a separate order for each student.
Upon receipt of your order (including payment) and the candidate’s hand-signed consent form we will email the academic verification certificate to the third party email address provided on the order form. Academic verifications may take up to 4 weeks to be processed from the date that we receive your order and the candidate’s hand-signed consent form. We are unable to send academic verifications directly to current or former students, or to personal email addresses.
Please see "How to apply" instructions above before placing your order.