Employer Reference Requests

As an employer you can verify a candidate's qualifications by requesting a reference from the University

In light of the current challenges due to Covid-19 please be aware the University of Leicester is running a reduced service and Student Services Centre staff will be working away from campus until further notice.  If you have any queries please contact us at studentservices@le.ac.uk.  We will still be responding to emails during normal office hours (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm) however phone calls will not be monitored and the office will not be staffed. 

The latest guidance about the University's response to the Coronavirus can be found on our website (https://le.ac.uk/coronavirus).  This is updated regularly.  We recommend you check this, including the FAQ sections.

Request a reference

The quickest and easiest way to request a reference is to complete our online form.

Alternatively you can email to, studentservices@le.ac.uk, with at least two of the following pieces of information:

  • Full name of the candidate (whilst they were a student)
  • Date of birth
  • Former 'student number'
  • Candidate's former course title

To comply with the Data Protection Act (2018) we will only process requests which are accompanied by a written authorisation, signed by the candidate, giving consent for their information to be released.  This authorisation must contain the candidate's handwritten signature.

The following methods of consent are not accepted:

  • Electronic signature nor a picture of a signature
  • Verbal consent
  • Consent by email (unless the email contains a scanned copy of the consent document which contains the Candidates handwritten signature)

If the candidate does not provide their signed consent, your reference request will not be processed.

Student Services Centre
Charles Wilson Building
University of Leicester
University Road

We cannot take reference requests by telephone.

Reference requests are normally completed within five working days.

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