HEDD – Higher Education Degree Datacheck from Prospects


Established in 1972. Signed the Groningen Declaration in 2016.


Prospects HEDD Service, Prospects House, Booth Street East, Manchester M13 9EP United Kingdom






General information:

HEDD is the UK’s official higher education verification service managed by HECSU/Graduate Prospects which is the UK’s provider of information, advice and opportunities to students and graduates. Prospects is the trading subsidiary of the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU), a higher education agency and registered charity since 1972.

HEDD was launched in 2012 with funding from the Higher Education

Funding Council for England (HEFCE). For participating universities it provides a secure online verification management system to answer enquiries about their students and graduates.

For recruiters provides a degree verification service for applicants to employment or entry into postgraduate study. It seeks to protect UK graduates, universities and employers from degree fraud.

In 2015 the Department for Education (DfE) and Prospects launched a new service to reduce higher education fraud in the UK. It aims to crack down on bogus universities and fraudulent behaviour by increasing prosecutions through investigation and awareness-raising. Research by HEDD found that only 20% of employers verify applicants’ qualifications with the awarding body, relying instead on CVs or certificates and transcripts.

Advice and guidance toolkits have been published for employers, unive

rsities and students and graduates. The next project is an international toolkit with information on how to make verification checks or report concerns about bogus universities around the world and promotion of best practice in verification policies. Please contact Jayne Rowley at HEDD if you wish to contribute information about your country.

Since its launch HEDD has identified more than 230 bogus providers and websites selling fake degree certificates which are flagged on the university look-up service on HEDD.ac.uk.

After attending the annual meetings in Washington (2014) and Malaga (2015), HEDD became the UK signatory to the Groningen Declaration in Cape Town (2016).

Chief contact person:

Hedd-Jayne RowleyJayne Rowley, Chief Executive

Executive Educational sectors represented by HEDD:

Higher Education

Current coverage of UK student data:

70 universities – 50 % of UK graduates (November 2016)

Number of verifications of student data:

150,000 (February 2017)

HEDD contributions:

HEDD Development – annual meeting 2014 – Washington

Advice and Guidance on Degree Fraud – A free toolkit for HE providers

Advice and Guidance on Degree Fraud – A free toolkit for employers