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Academic Verifications - References

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Academic Verifications - References

Academic Verification

Academic Verification


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.

If you are a former student and require a document for your own records, or to provide to a third party, please 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. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "read more" to view the order table. 

Providing the candidate’s written consent

Before we proceed with your request we need to have received your order and the University of Leeds consent form, signed by the candidate.

The form can be signed by hand, or using a computer mouse. We are unable to accept typed signatures. 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 protected]

Former research postgraduates**
email: [email protected]

*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 you use the University of Leeds consent form. This needs to be signed by the candidate and the name of the third-party organisation needs to match 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 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 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 signed consent form. We are unable to send academic verifications directly to current or former students, or to personal email addresses.  


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