July is the busiest month of the year on HEDD as employers check up on their newly-graduated soon-to-be employees – or 20% of them do.
As Jack Whitehall’s character demonstrates on the final episode of Channel 4 student comedy ‘Fresh Meat‘, what you see is not always what you get….
‘Get In – I’ve only gone and got a bloody 2:1’
‘No you have not!’
‘Well, no. I got a 3rd. But it will say 2:1 on my CV’
As part of the government degree fraud project we are campaigning to raise awareness and encourage employers to make more checks.
HEDD has launched a free toolkit to help employers protect themselves from fraudulent applicants.
The only way to be sure a candidate is qualified to do a job is to check their claims with the awarding university. Just one incompetent or deceitful person in a business can have fatal consequences.
Smaller businesses are among the most at risk of falling victim to degree fraud. They are less likely to be aware of the threats and how to protect themselves.
Top tips for businesses
- Notify applicants that you verify qualifications – if they refuse it could be a signal that something is off-kilter
- Only accept original – not photocopied – certificates
- Check certificates with the issuing university or via HEDD
- Don’t be duped by official-looking stamps
- Remember a notary will only confirm sight of an original document, not whether it’s genuine
- Check the legitimacy of a university on hedd.ac.uk – if it’s not listed it’s likely to be fake