Dear University of Edinburgh,

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

Records Management, University of Edinburgh

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Records Management, University of Edinburgh

Dear Mahlea Babjak

 

Thank you for your email of 19 August requesting information about Tier 4
students.

 

As explained in our automatic reply message, the University’s working
arrangements are affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, I am
currently unable to tell you exactly when you will receive a response to
your request. However, I can confirm that it is actively being progressed
and that we are making all efforts to respond to your request promptly.
The [1]Scottish Information Commissioner’s Office has issued a statement
about requests during the Covid-19 pandemic which you may find helpful.

 

If you are unhappy with the way the University has handled your request,
you do have the right to ask the University to conduct an internal review
of the reasons for the delay. The [2]Scottish Information Commissioner’s
guidance about this during the Covid-19 pandemic is available on their
website. If you wish to submit a review request you should write to the
Records Management Section (using this email address), describing the
original request, explaining your grounds for dissatisfaction, and
including an address for correspondence. When the review process is
complete, if you are still dissatisfied, you may use the Scottish
Information Commissioner’s guidance on making an appeal to make an appeal
to the Commissioner.

 

[3]The University of Edinburgh's request privacy notice, which describes
how we use the information you have supplied about yourself and your
request, is published on the University website.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Celia Jenkins

Records Management Section

University of Edinburgh

Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh

EH8 9YL

 

[4]https://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management

 

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Records Management, University of Edinburgh

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Dear Mahlea Babjak
Thank you for your email of 19 August 2020 requesting information about
Tier 4 students. Please find the University's response attached.
Yours sincerely
Celia Jenkins
Records Management Section
University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh
EH8 9YL
[1]https://www.ed.ac.uk/records-management
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland,
with registration number SC005336.

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