University Award Certificates
All students completing their awards in June/July should receive a certificate by the end of September.
Students completing at other times of the year can expect to receive their certificates within 6 weeks of receiving formal notification in writing of their award.
If you graduated after 1992 a replacement certificate will cost £50.00.
To request a replacement certificate please download a Replacement Certificate Request form (PDF, file size: 103.16KB) and e-mail the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment can be made here - please include the receipt with your request. In addition to the form, please e-mail a copy of an identification document containing your photograph such as your passport or driving licence. This is for verification of your identity only and it will be securely destroyed by the University.
We are unable to provide replacement certificates for pre- 1993 awards given by Staffordshire Polytechnic or North Staffordshire Polytechnic.
Certificates awarded before 1993 fall into one of the following two categories:
The Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA): CNAA was the awarding body for Staffordshire Polytechnic and North Staffordshire Polytechnic courses including most degree and PGCE courses. CNAA no longer exists but the Open University are now responsible for their records and can provide replacement certificates. Please see their website for more information http://www.open.ac.uk/cicp/main/validation/awards-and-aftercare
BTEC courses: you can obtain a replacement certificate for pre- 1993 BTEC awards (such as HND or HNC) from Edexcel/Pearson. Please see their website for more information:
Please note; Whilst we aim to respond to process requests for replacement Certificates as quickly as possible, during busy periods this may take up to 10 working days.
Legalisation and Apostilles
Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a UK public document is genuine and is often required by foreign authorities before they will accept a UK public document for use in their country.
The Apostille is the stamp/certification which is issued by the competent authority in the country. In the UK, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) Legalisation Office is the only competent authority to issue apostilles and legalisation certificates. Please visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for details on how to apply for your document to be legalised.