Engagement monitoring

Why is my attendance and engagement recorded?

As you hold a Tier 4 visa the University is required by UKVI (UK Visas & Immigration) to keep a record of your attendance and absence throughout your studies here.

This applies to every Tier 4 student who is being sponsored under the University of Plymouth's sponsor licence, regardless of the type of programme you are studying or whether you are studying at UPIC (University of Plymouth International College) or the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences).

UKVI set out our engagement monitoring obligations and when we must report a student, if they have stopped engaging with their studies or their attendance is not satisfactory. This would mean that the student’s Tier 4 visa is curtailed (cancelled) and they would be required to leave the UK.

Please see the University’s Engagement Monitoring Policy for Tier 4 students and the information given below for more details.

Please note that some programmes have additional engagement and attendance monitoring requirements that are set by the faculty, or by statutory bodies other than UKVI. You will be made aware of these additional requirements by your faculty, where required.

As a Tier 4 visa holder your visa was issued for the purpose of full time study in the UK and you should ensure that your studies are always your first priority. You should make every effort to continually progress on your course with the aim of graduating successfully.

What do I need to do?

  • You must ensure that you are always engaging with your programme of studies, and fulfilling all course requirements.
  • You should also ensure that you log into your University email account regularly and respond to emails sent to you by academic and professional services staff, including the UKVI Compliance Team and International Student Advice (ISA).
  • You should ensure that you bring your student card to all timetabled sessions and examinations. You must not give your student card to anyone else or ask any other student to present it for you if you are absent from a session. If you attempt to create false information about your attendance and engagement the University may stop sponsoring you under Tier 4, which would mean you are withdrawn from your course of study and would need to leave the UK.  If you lose your student card you should get it replaced as soon as possible, as your engagement may not be recorded otherwise.

  • If you experience difficulties or personal problems that mean you cannot engage fully with your studies or will need to be absent during your term time, you must make the University aware of this as soon as possible. You will then be directed to possible sources of help and support, and any impact on your visa will be explained to you. 
  • You must ensure that your contact details are kept up to date via the University of Plymouth student portal at all times.
  • As a Tier 4 visa holder you should ensure that you are aware of the term times that apply to you, so that you are not absent during term time and so that you only work within the limits set by your visa during term and vacation periods.

Please see the specific guidance relevant to your course type below.