The Lancaster Award

Another disappointment.

I was under the impression one’s level of pass at The Lancaster Award would appear on one’s degree transcript.  What actually happens is that a description of it appears on the diploma supplement and without the grade.

But let us define terms first.

  • Degree certificate – the posh piece of paper one puts in a frame.
  • Degree transcript – the piece of paper provided by the university that says what modules you did and what you got in them, plus anything else the university wants to add.  The thing some employers may ask for if they want to know the details of one’s degree.
  • Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) – the six page long European standard Diploma Supplement which describes the degree in detail and is intended for showing to overseas universities.
  • The Lancaster Award – a university-assessed award for extracurricular activity and can be awarded as Bronze, Silver or Gold.
  • The Digital Skills Certificate – an award the university gives for completing five (or more) e-learning courses.  It goes toward the Lancaster Award.

The Lancaster university web site says the Digital Skills Certificate is mentioned on “the HEAR transcript“.  Between that and what people told me, I thought the Lancaster Award pass level would appear on my degree transcript.  So I worked hard for it and got a Gold Lancaster Award.  But it is not mentioned on the degree transcript.  Instead it got a one line entry on the diploma supplement.  I queried this and got a replacement diploma supplement with a description of the Lancaster Award, but still nothing to say the pass level.  So I queried that and was told they do not put it on the degree transcript and that they do not have the means to put the level of pass on the diploma supplement.

Likewise, the Digital Skills Certificate gets a mention in the diploma supplement but no reference on the degree transcript.

What goes on a degree transcript is up to the university.  They could choose to put the Lancaster Award and Digital Skills Certificate on there.  Putting it on the HEAR diploma supplement is worthless as employers never look at that an academic bodies would not be interested in the extracurricular activity.

It seems such a shame the Lancaster Award does not appear on the transcript, and the level of award does not appear anywhere.

Adventures in jobseeking

There are all sorts of scammers out there preying on jobseekers.  People who sell CV writing services, people selling finance, people selling careers advice and so on.  They used to get one’s details by trawling CVs on for telephone numbers.  This is new: someone has direct access to the DWP data.

Two days ago I applied for JobSeeker’s Allowance online.  This morning I logged into Universal JobMatch for the first time in a long time.  It seems they have changed IT provider for this service and, annoyingly, all my previous searches and CVs have disappeared.  Does it not dawn on the twats who arrange these contracts that millions of people are inconvenienced by this sort of sloppy transfer of services?  Hours and hours spent crafting tailored CVs and tweaking the searches so they work just so, all wiped out by someone saving a few quid by not specifying the existing data gets carried across.  Universal JobMatch is supposed to be a service to citizens, not a punishment for being unemployed.

Anyway, the phone just rang and they hung up as I got to it.  Number: 01709 263618.  So I did a search for that and – how odd.  Other people have had the same experience.

“Sunday afternoon saying works and pensions. Very pushy but was involved in dinner so did not go to phone to speak. Think a scammer that has got info from jsa application. Rang number back out for service lol 01709 263618”


“Yeah this has got to be some kind of jsa scam, Called claiming to be from dwp about a recent claim after 25mins discovered they needed to confirm account details. Says it all.”


“Just back from JSA’s local offices. Phone rang and I ignored it because I did not recognize the number. I think it some sort of phone phishing about PPI that I “have forgotten I had” or some “tax overpayment” or something. Same old tricks!!”


“again with the other comments, this number rang within mins of me completing a JSA application no one on the end, not sure how a pishing site can get details off a government web site with all the GDPR stuff”


“Same experience as other people, completed online application for JSA and later the same day received call from this number. No voice message left and when attempted to call back unable to contact. Will be blocking”

So the data on either the JSA system is not secure.  I wonder who it has been outsourced to?