Please use the tabs below to access specific information on immigration and Tier 4.
What is Tier 4?
The Home Office has a specific visa department (UK Visas & Immigration) which has responsibility for the regulations that enable students to come to the UK for study. The University is a licensed sponsor of Tier 4 students and has strict duties placed on it when dealing with international students.
The University is directly responsible for any individual coming to the University who seeks a Tier 4 (student) visa as we will actively sponsor them during their studies. We also have a wider duty to ensure all our students have the right to study in the UK.
If we don't comply with our responsibilities as a Tier 4 Sponsor we could ultimately lose our Sponsor Licence and our ability to recruit and retain international students.
Immigration rules change frequently and those that apply to our student population are monitored by the members of the Immigration Compliance Group.
For more information on the group, and wider student immigration matters, please contact Nicholas Edwards (Assistant Registrar).
- Student Engagement and Monitoring
Tier 4 Student Engagement
The Tier 4 Team have produced guidance on monitoring engagement and attendance of Tier 4 students, at all levels of study, in Schools. The current version of this guidance is Version 3 (Augusut 2017).
To assist in the management of School responsibilities with their Tier 4 students the following forms have been created for use by Schools:
- PGR Monthly Engagement Log
- PGR Authorised Absence Form
- PGT Authorised Absence Form
- PGT Off-campus Form
- Taught Student Elective/Placement Reporting Template
If you have any questions regarding our Tier 4 Students, or any immigration related matter, please contact the Tier 4 Team located in Registry Student Services.
More Information regarding the general monitoring process can be found on the Monitoring pages of Staffnet.
- Information for Students
Information for our Tier 4 Students
The Infohub website contains information that will be of use to our Tier 4 and International student populations.
The Registration pages outlines information that new students should read before arriving in the UK to help them complete their registration with the University.
Details of key responsibilities Tier 4 students have once they arrive in the UK and start their studies with us are also available on the Infohub website.