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Oxford Brookes University holds ‘Tier 4 Sponsor’ status which we use to sponsor international students to obtain a Tier 4 student visa to enable them to study with us. As a ‘Tier 4 Sponsor’ Oxford Brookes University is obliged to adhere to the sponsor duties set down by United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as detailed in their guidance and regulations. For information on these requirements, please see the UKVI guidance.
One of the primary duties of a ‘Tier 4 Sponsor’ is to monitor the attendance and engagement of students holding a Tier 4 visa and to withdraw sponsorship of students found to be breaching the conditions of their leave. This policy sets out the various processes and systems utilised by Oxford Brookes to appropriately monitor the attendance of the students it sponsors as well as the circumstances under which sponsorship will be revoked.
It is not in the interest of the students concerned, Oxford Brookes University, nor the UKVI to report non-attendance for international students who have ceased to attend their course for some valid reason. This policy, therefore, sets out a procedure for ensuring that in instances where international students are in danger of being reported as non-attending, they are identified, contacted and investigated thoroughly well in advance of exclusion, giving ample opportunity for the situation to be resolved.
Due to the diverse nature of the different programmes studied at Oxford Brookes, the University has tailored its attendance monitoring methods to fit the level, structure and type of programme being studied. The remainder of this policy details the methods utilised to monitor students’ attendance in accordance with their course of study.
Enrolment and Re-enrolment
The ‘Tier 4 student check-in process’
Enrolment and Re-enrolment
Assessment Submission and Outcomes
For students studying on a Tier 4 visa while on work placements, either in the UK or overseas, the University remains responsible as the student’s sponsor for monitoring their attendance even though there may be no submission of work during the period spent on the placement. Therefore, when a student is on a work placement, non-attendance will be reported to the UKVI when a student has missed 10 working days.
For further information about these regulations,
please contact Student Central – International Student Advice Team.
Academic Board, 16 July 2014
Last updated:Points Based System
Advisory Group, 24 August 2015 (Section D7.2.4 – Research Students)