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Request a reference

As a former student of Nottingham Trent there may be times when you need to request a reference. There are two kinds of references. Please read the details carefully below.

Academic reference

An academic reference confirms the course, dates you studied and any award(s) you achieved. It will not however comment on your character.

All Academic References for NTU current and former students are processed through Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD). Please provide your prospective employer with the HEDD website and they will be able to log on and obtain an academic reference for you.

HEDD is supported by the UK Government and recognised authorities of UK Higher Education. For more information on HEDD you can visit their website or read the guidelines for employers here.

Character reference

A character reference is based on your character and can only be completed by someone who knows you and your nature, e.g. a former tutor.

Please email your former academic school. The school will contact a previous tutor to complete the reference for you if they feel they knew you well enough.

Please include your name, date of birth, course, date of award and student number if you still have it. A telephone number is also helpful in case further information is required.

Academic school email addresses for character reference requests
Academic schoolemail address
Nottingham Business
Nottingham Law
School of Social
Nottingham Institute of
Nottingham Institute of Education (teaching courses)
School of Animal, Rural & Environmental
School of Science &
School of Art &
School of Architecture, Design & the Built
School of Arts &

Validation Service students should contact

Need more help?

Should you have any further questions, please contact the Academic Office on +44 (0)115 848 4648.

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