Statistics of Tier 4 International Students During the COVID-19 Lockdown

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Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC)

Dear Queen Mary University of London,

We are requesting responses to the following questions.

1. How many Tier 4 international students are enrolled at the university in the 2019-2020 academic year?

2. How many Tier 4 international students have contacted the student funding services to report difficulties with paying their tuition fees on time?

3. What sort of assistance is in place for Tier 4 international students who are unable to pay their tuition fees?

3. What sort of COVID-19 provisions are in place for Tier 4 international students? Please answer for the following:
a. Health and wellbeing, including mental health
b. Immigration advice
c. Other, please elaborate

4. Is the university providing hardship funds for Tier 4 international students? If yes, please also answer the following:

a. How many Tier 4 international students applied for hardship funds?
b. How many Tier 4 international students were granted hardship funds?
c. If a Tier 4 international student was denied a hardship fund, what were the primary reasons for this?

5. Have any Tier 4 international students been reported to the Home Office during the COVID-19 lockdown? If yes, how many?

6. How many Tier 4 international students have contacted the university's immigration support office requiring advice and/or reporting immigration difficulties from March 2020 until August 2020?

Yours faithfully,
Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC)

QM FOI Enquiries, Queen Mary University of London

We acknowledge receipt of your request and will respond as soon as we can.

QM FOI Enquiries, Queen Mary University of London

FOI 2020/F370


Dear Unis Resist Border Controls,


Thank you for your email of 17^th September.


I am pleased to provide the following information in response.


1. 7,941 enrolled students (not including students who were interrupting
or intercalating elsewhere for the year).


2. 26.


3. Please see [1] The
fee payment requirements for international students are set out at
The university requires 50% to be paid in order to enrol and the remaining
50% is due by 31 January in the same academic year (for September
starters). If students are in arrears at 31 Jan. then the deregistration
procedure commences – this is explained in [3]the university’s tuition fee
regulations 2020/21, para 19. Students are given a little more time to
pay but then usually deregistered by the end of February. They can be
reinstated a year later but to do so they need to pay the outstanding fees
plus any charges by 31 July. Students who know they cannot pay the second
fee instalment could interrupt (before deregistration) and then resume
studies the following academic year if they are then able to pay.


3. (sic) Mental health support namely [4]counselling and also [5]support
for students with specific mental health diagnoses

·         Comprehensive immigration advice and guidance:




·         Support for students in university residences around wellbeing,
including support during Covid-19 self-isolation.


4. The University offers hardship funds to all students, including
International/Tier 4 students, but there are none specifically only for
Tier 4 students.


a. 41

b. 26

c. Students did not demonstrate any exceptional circumstances.


5. We have interpreted this as the period 23/03/2020 – 10/05/2020. Yes,
33, as follows:


|Report Type | |
|Change of | |
|programme |16|
|Delayed | |
|arrival | 2|
|Early | |
|completion | |
|of studies | 1|
|Interruption| |
|of studies | |
|for more | |
|than 59 days| 8|
|Withdrawal | |
|from studies| 6|


Note that the University is obliged to report certain changes and


6. Between 2500-3000 approximately (this includes current and prospective


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Yours sincerely


Paul Smallcombe

Records & Information Compliance Manager


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