UCL apologises after they accidentally threaten staff with £20k fines
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This tweet was then retweeted by the UCL branch of the University and College Union (UCU) account. A spokesman from the UCL branch of UCU said that staff and students have written to the president and provost, Professor Michael Arthur, expressing their dismay with the tough immigration controls. “Staff in other departments have received stern emails threatening “draconian measures” against staff failing to comply with the monitoring of international students," said the spokesman.
@UnisNotBorders have received word from concerned lecturers @ucl that if they fail to comply w/ the #HostileEnvironment in the monitoring of Tier 4 students, they are liable to pay a £20,000 personal fine per case.— UnisResistBorders (@UnisNotBorders) July 9, 2018
The monitoring of Tier 4 students includes random spot checks on identity documents. In May, the student immigration compliance team at UCL issued guidance to lecturers which requested they monitor attendance "based on face-to-face verification, as well as checking registers for signs of abuse and challenging suspicious signatures." Staff are also required to meet with postgraduate students once a month, including during summer holidays if the student chooses to stay. In a separate email from the issued guidelines, academics were allegedly warned that a £20,00 fine would be deducted from a "discretionary account" which provides support for research, conferences, travel and equipment if anyone fails to report any immigration breaches.
UCL upping the ante on the *hostile environment* with threats to staff of £20,000 fines for inadequate compliance with its own brand of Tier 4 monitoring https://t.co/WyMe2Gfpts— UCL-UCU (@UCL_UCU) 9 July 2018
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