Cambridge graduate?

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Cambridge graduate?

Cambridge, UK

Chin, the HR Manager for a Hong Kong based commercial organisation, asks: Some months ago, our company had a CV from an English man. This man was sent to a college of Cambridge University by RAF. He said he did physics course for 2 years there, which RAF tasked him in order for him to get promoted in more professional rank. Is he qualified as Cambridge University graduate? Can he (or the company) request for the certificate from the university?

In answer:

Yes, he could be an ex-Cambridge University graduate.

Those who are sponsored by certain organisations – mainly UK government bodies – can undertake degrees in two years, even at Cambridge and Oxford University. Normally, their on the job training exempts them certain modules, and as long as they have certain other external qualifications, they can undertake the course to degree level in two years. This is very common with commissioned military officers across many of the UK armed forces, either early in their military careers or right at the end.

Qualifications check

You need to contact the Student Administration and Records office. Under UK law (Data Protection Act), they will need a signed release letter from the job applicant that they agree you can be provided with the confirmation of degree certification. You then apply via the process outlined on their website, and wait around two weeks.

If your job applicant does have a Cambridge degree, then getting that letter should prompt a quick response; no letter, and you know it was a false claim.

Good Luck!

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