Verifying awards (HEDD)

Verification takes place in real time against an encrypted dataset and provides a much quicker service than more traditional methods of verification.

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Third-parties (e.g. employers or other educational institutions) who wish to verify the details of an individual’s LSE degree award should do so online via Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD).

Verification takes place in real time against an encrypted dataset and provides a much quicker service than traditional methods of verification.

How to make a verification request

  1. Enquirers should first register with HEDD at
  2. Select ‘London School of Economics’ from the list of UK higher education institutions and choose the 'verify a degree award' option.
  3. Log in to HEDD and submit the details you wish to verify:
  • name
  • date of birth
  • degree programme title
  • level of award
  • year of graduation
  • degree classification
  • dates of attendance (if required)

Charge for verification requests

There is a charge of £14 per enquiry plus VAT where appropriate.

Response times

If the information provided matches that held in the dataset, HEDD will automatically verify the information.

If the information cannot be automatically verified, HEDD will investigate the enquiry manually and provide a response within five working days.

Help and feedback

If you have any problems, queries or comments about this system, please email HEDD directly at

Character references

If a personal (character) reference is required, please contact the appropriate academic department directly.

External studies / Summer school

To verify qualifications gained on an LSE external study programme, please contact the University of London International Programmes office.

To verify attendance at the LSE Summer School, please contact the Summer School office.


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