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

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Dear Kingston University,
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,
Sanaz
Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC)

Kingston University, FOI, Kingston University

Dear Sanaz,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Kingston
University. Your request was received on 17/09/20 and is now being dealt
with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Please note that in some circumstances a fee may be payable prior to
information being supplied.  If a charge is applicable in this case I will
contact you to request payment before proceeding further.  Details of the
University’s charging policy can be found in section 3 of its Freedom of
Information Policy, available at the link below:

 

http://www.kingston.ac.uk/aboutkingstonu...

 

I will be in touch again in due course and in any event not later than
15/10/20 this being twenty working days following receipt of your request.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any further
assistance.

 

Kind regards,

 

Lyn

 

…………………………………………….

Lyn Porteous

Resources and Compliance Team

Library and Learning Services

Kingston University

 

 

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Apologies - our reference number for this request is FOI102312.

Lyn

 

From: Kingston University, FOI <[email address]>
Sent: 17 September 2020 16:58
To: Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC)
<[FOI #691980 email]>
Cc: Kingston University, FOI <[email address]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Statistics of Tier 4
International Students During the COVID-19 Lockdown -

 

Dear Sanaz,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Kingston
University. Your request was received on 17/09/20 and is now being dealt
with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Please note that in some circumstances a fee may be payable prior to
information being supplied.  If a charge is applicable in this case I will
contact you to request payment before proceeding further.  Details of the
University’s charging policy can be found in section 3 of its Freedom of
Information Policy, available at the link below:

 

[1]http://www.kingston.ac.uk/aboutkingstonu...

 

I will be in touch again in due course and in any event not later than
15/10/20 this being twenty working days following receipt of your request.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any further
assistance.

 

Kind regards,

 

Lyn

 

…………………………………………….

Lyn Porteous

Resources and Compliance Team

Library and Learning Services

Kingston University

 

 

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Dear Sanaz

Further to your recent request for information, the University’s response
follows.

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

1400

 

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

We do not hold this information

 

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

Where a student advised that there were facing financial difficulties we
were able to  offer extended payment plans and all sanctions for overdue
2019/20 tuition fees were held from March through to the end of the
academic year (and beyond for those students taking resits).

 

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

All Health and Wellbeing services are available for all students including
international students,  with the exception that international students
currently based overseas cannot access counselling.

b. Immigration advice

The Student Immigration Adviser continues to support international
students on a remote basis and is​​ using Skype for Business and email to
correspond with students.  International students are advised to check the
Visa and Immigration Advice pages on the student portal for current
updates and advice due to Covid-19.  In addition, students are referred to
UKCISA advice:

[1]https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--A...

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?

The University does not generally offer hardship funds for Tier 4
International students.  Exceptionally, we may offer an emergency grants
of up to £500 at the discretion of the Money Advisers if the student is
experiencing short term financial difficulty with their living costs. 
However as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, Summer Emergency Grants (SEG)
were opened up to all students, including Tier 4 international students,
over the summer.  Approximately 1300 SEG applications were received from
international students (NB The data held does not differentiate between
Tier 4 and other non-EU international students).

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

From September 2019 to May 2020 we approved 11 emergency grants to
international students.  However with the opening of the SEG this number
increased to a total of 1,172 awards up to the end of August 2020. (NB The
data held does not differentiate between Tier 4 and other non-EU
international students).

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

A Tier 4 international student would be denied an emergency grant if their
request was for support for tuition fees or if their financial
difficulties were not short-term.

 

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

 

Nos of students reported to the Home
Office between March and Oct 2020
Start No.
year Level reported  Main Reasons
2018-19 NQF 6 12 taking Break
Unable to find
Placement;
finished early
having
transferred to
  NQF 7 51 1 yr prog
taking Break;
1 Dormant; 1
2019-20 NQF 6 16 withdrew
Deferring;
finished
early; taking
a further
Break;
  NQF 7 39 withdrew
1 withdrew; 1
Study Group
withdrawn due
to
2020-21 NQF 6 2 non-engagement
Most deferring
  NQF 7 24 to 2021

 

 

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?

We do not hold this information.

This completes the University’s response to your information request. If
you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request an internal review of our
decision please contact:

Director of DPO, email : [2][email address] or by post:
 Kingston University, Hind Court, 106–114 London Road, Kingston upon
Thames, Surrey, KT2 6TN. Please note that we are unable to receive post to
this address, whilst staff are working away from campus as a result of the
Covid-19 situation.

In the event that you are not content with the outcome of your complaint
you may then apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision
unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by Kingston
University. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

I hope that you now have the information you require.

 

Kind regards

 

Cathy

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Cathy Murr

Resources & Compliance

Kingston University Library

 

 

 

From: Kingston University, FOI <[3][email address]>
Sent: 17 September 2020 16:58
To: Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC)
<[4][FOI #691980 email]>
Cc: Kingston University, FOI <[5][email address]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Statistics of Tier 4
International Students During the COVID-19 Lockdown -

 

Dear Sanaz,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Kingston
University. Your request was received on 17/09/20 and is now being dealt
with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Please note that in some circumstances a fee may be payable prior to
information being supplied.  If a charge is applicable in this case I will
contact you to request payment before proceeding further.  Details of the
University’s charging policy can be found in section 3 of its Freedom of
Information Policy, available at the link below:

 

[6]http://www.kingston.ac.uk/aboutkingstonu...

 

I will be in touch again in due course and in any event not later than
15/10/20 this being twenty working days following receipt of your request.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any further
assistance.

 

Kind regards,

 

Lyn

 

…………………………………………….

Lyn Porteous

Resources and Compliance Team

Library and Learning Services

Kingston University

 

 

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