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Degree Verification and References

Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD) 

We are pleased to announce the implementation of the new Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD) online verification service for employers and agencies to verify University of Salford awards.

Please note that this service is only for third parties and should not be used by current or past students to request confirmation of their study with the University or a character reference. If you are a current or past student who requires confirmation of study or award, please make this request via our online request system.

If you are a current or past student who requires a character reference, please send your request directly to the member of your academic team who you wish to act as referee. If you are unsure on who this is you can contact a member of your school here

The HEDD system has been developed by Graduate Prospects, in consultation with universities, employers and screening agencies. Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and launched by Graduate Prospects, HEDD is now being rolled out to institutions throughout the UK.

The online candidate verification service allows registered enquirers (such as employers and screening agencies) to input data provided by applicants (name, date of birth, institution, year of graduation, qualification classification etc). In real time the service checks the information given against an encrypted dataset from the institution's student records and verifies it if it is matched. Enquirers will be charged a small fee per enquiry.  

To make an enquiry you need to register with HEDD by visiting . Select 'The University of Salford' from the list of UK higher education institutions and choose the option to 'verify a degree award'. There is a charge of £12 per enquiry. If you require further assistance please email

You will need to provide the name of the individual, date of birth, course and qualification. For graduates you will also need their year of graduation and degree result.

We recommend that you ask to see the degree certificate as the basis of your verification enquiry (if available), or ask individuals to give you their data as they believe it is recorded in the Student Records system. That way you have a better chance of getting an automatic verification. If you do not get an automatic verification, the enquiry will go to the team at the University of Salford for manual verification, with a five working day turnaround time.

The system does not currently cover start dates. If you want to verify start dates, please submit your enquiry as usual and email with the enquiry reference number in the subject line.

All your enquiries are stored in the system and can be exported as an MS Excel or CSV file.


You can sort your enquiries according to status:

  • Automatically verified
  • Pending – this means we could not automatically verify your enquiry and you are waiting for a response from the University
  • Not verified – where the University has responded in the negative
  • Partially verified – where the University has verified some but not all of the data, eg the wrong year of graduation has been submitted


If you have any problems or queries, please email, including your phone number if you would like a call back. Graduate prospects have conducted previous research with enquirers as well as a pilot programme, but your feedback at this stage will be critical in developing the system over the next year, as we roll out to other UK universities.