Tier 4 international students

Mahlea Babjak made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Ulster University

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Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Ulster University,

Please provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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?

4. 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

5. 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?

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

7. 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 presently (August 2020)?

Yours faithfully,

Mahlea Babjak

foi, Ulster University

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respect.

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foi, Ulster University

Dear Ms Babjak

 

We acknowledge receipt of your recent request under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (ref FOIA/20/154).  Your request is
receiving attention and we hope to have a response to you by 16 September
2020

 

Ulster University’s campuses are now closed as a response to the impact of
COVID-19.  We continue to work remotely and although we will strive to
provide a response within the timeframe, there may be delays as we
transition to a new way of working for most and we would appreciate your
understanding in this respect.

 

We will keep you updated in respect of the status of your request.   

 

Regards

 

Azlina Cohen

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

foi, Ulster University

Dear Ms Babjak

 

Please be advised that International students will be able to access
support for general wellbeing needs including mental health concerns,
disability support and budgeting and money management advice from the
Student Wellbeing remotely via telephone, video call or email.  Student
Wellbeing will also be offering some wellbeing webinars and additional
support during the 2 week quarantine period.  They can also access our
freephone 24/7 counselling service.

 

If you are unhappy with how the University has dealt with your request you
may raise the matter under the University's internal review process for
FOI requests. Please submit written details of your appeal to Mr Eamon
Mullan, University Secretary, Room J312, University of Ulster, Coleraine
BT52 1SA, email at [1][email address]. The University will normally
undertake to issue a decision on an appeal within 20 working days of
receipt.

 

If you do not wish to submit an appeal to the University in relation to
your request or if you are unhappy with the outcome of an appeal you may
apply to the Office of the Information Commissioner. Full particulars of
the FOI Act including the Information Commissioner's address may be found
at [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Elinor Byrden

Office of the University Secretary

 

From: foi <[Ulster University request email]>
Sent: 21 August 2020 13:41
To: Mahlea Babjak <[FOI #685879 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Tier 4 international
students - FOIA/20/154

 

Dear Ms Babjak

 

We acknowledge receipt of your recent request under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (ref FOIA/20/154). Your request is
receiving attention and we hope to have a response to you by 16 September
2020

 

Ulster University’s campuses are now closed as a response to the impact of
COVID-19. We continue to work remotely and although we will strive to
provide a response within the timeframe, there may be delays as we
transition to a new way of working for most and we would appreciate your
understanding in this respect.

 

We will keep you updated in respect of the status of your request.

 

Regards

 

Azlina Cohen

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Ulster University,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ulster University's handling of my FOI request 'Tier 4 international students'.

As you will see, there was not an attempt made to appropriately address any of the questions that were asked.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

Yours faithfully,

Mahlea Babjak

foi, Ulster University

Dear Ms Babjak

 

RESPONSE FOIA/20/154

 

Apologies, information was omitted from our original response.  Please see
the University’s response to your questions below.

 

1. How many Tier 4 international students are enrolled at the university
in the 2019-2020 academic year? 853

 

2. How many Tier 4 international students have contacted the student
funding services to report difficulties with paying their tuition fees on
time? 55

 

3. What sort of assistance is in place for Tier 4 international students
who are unable to pay their tuition fees? For the 2019/20 Academic Year,
finance extended payment plans for international students and gave them up
to an extra four months to pay their fees because of COVID-19.  

 

4. 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

International students are able to access support for general wellbeing
needs including mental health concerns, disability support and budgeting
and money management advice from the Student Wellbeing remotely via
telephone, video call or email.  Student Wellbeing also offered some
wellbeing webinars and additional support during the 2 week quarantine
period.  They can also access our freephone 24/7 counselling service.

 

5. Is the university providing hardship funds for Tier 4 international
students? Yes

 

 a. How many Tier 4 international students applied for hardship funds? 69

 

 b. How many Tier 4 international students were granted hardship funds? 50

 

 c. c. If a Tier 4 international student was denied a hardship fund, what
were the primary reasons for this? Insufficient evidence of financial
hardship

 

6. Have any Tier 4 international students been reported to the Home Office
during the COVID-19 lockdown? If yes, how many? Students can be reported
for many reasons – for example because they have withdrawn/been withdrawn
from course, changed course, started work placement, changed immigration
status, failed to enrol, had visa refused.  Can you clarify if you want
overall statistics or if you have need figures for a specific reason?    

 

7. 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 presently (August 2020)? This
information is not recorded

 

If you are unhappy with how the University has dealt with your request you
may raise the matter under the University's internal review process for
FOI requests. Please submit written details of your appeal to Mr Eamon
Mullan, University Secretary, Room J312, University of Ulster, Coleraine
BT52 1SA, email at [1][email address]. The University will normally
undertake to issue a decision on an appeal within 20 working days of
receipt.

 

If you do not wish to submit an appeal to the University in relation to
your request or if you are unhappy with the outcome of an appeal you may
apply to the Office of the Information Commissioner. Full particulars of
the FOI Act including the Information Commissioner's address may be found
at [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Azlina Cohen

This email and any attachments are confidential and intended solely for
the use of the addressee and may contain information which is covered by
legal, professional or other privilege. If you have received this email in
error please notify the system manager at [email address] and
delete this email immediately. Any views or opinions expressed are solely
those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Ulster
University.
The University's computer systems may be monitored and communications
carried out on them may be recorded to secure the effective operation of
the system and for other lawful purposes. Ulster University does not
guarantee that this email or any attachments are free from viruses or 100%
secure. Unless expressly stated in the body of a separate attachment, the
text of email is not intended to form a binding contract. Correspondence
to and from the University may be subject to requests for disclosure by
3rd parties under relevant legislation.
The Ulster University was founded by Royal Charter in 1984 and is
registered with company number RC000726 and VAT registered number
GB672390524.The primary contact address for Ulster University in Northern
Ireland is Cromore Road, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry BT52 1SA

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