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Issue 50 – Autumn 2015

Absent Without Leave • • •

Government visa regulations force UCL to monitor students Departments complain of impossible workload Students slam uni’s readiness to enact ‘draconian’ rules

Bo Franklin UCL has sneakily introduced a new attendance policy that not only makes it harder to get away with sleeping through your 9am lecture, but is also giving departments a huge administrative headache. Any absence now has to be recorded and justified, and Home Secretary Theresa May is likely to blame. Although the changes have gone laregly unnoticed – mostly because lecturers aren’t enforcing them – this term students

are required to provide a satisfactory explanation for missing even one lecture, which in turn has to be approved by a departmental tutor. This has led to staff complaining about reams of paperwork, and a whole load of freshers wondering how easy it is to fake a doctor’s note the morning after sportsnite. Many staff have been left in the dark as to the justification for the draconian changes, which have drawn the inevitable Orwellian comparisons, but The Cheese

Grater has learned that it’s a result of increased government scrutiny of non-EU students’ ‘Tier 4’ visas. This has been an issue since London Metropolitan University had its licence to recruit international students suspended in 2012, after poor monitoring of attendance and participation left student visas open to abuse. UCL is coming under similar pressure, and university managers are turning to Stasi-style surveillance to reassure the Home Office. Continued on Page 3

Cheese Grater Issue 50 - Autumn 2015  

UCL gets a visit from the Home Office, Michael Arthur makes a powerful friend and Jeremy Corbyn interferes with some bees.

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