Engagement and Attendance Strategy Group
This group was set up to establish a strategy for monitoring students’ engagement with and attendance to their timetabled teaching sessions.
On this Committee, I focus on policies and recommendations for change, and review these from a student perspective. Recently, there has been proposed changes whilst updating the ‘Engagement & Attendance Strategy’ which I’ve pushed to be more student-friendly. Also, I’m ensuring that the communications around this policy (i.e. emails students get if their attendance drops) are supportive rather than punitive and aim to encourage students to seek assistance, rather than be intimidated by the policy, and where appropriate signpost to support services too.
Attendance Monitoring Task and Finish Group
This group reports to the Engagement and Attendance Strategy Group and is responsible for implementing a method of attendance monitoring. There are lots of different methods of monitoring attendance across the university – paper registers, card scanners, logging into VITAL. It’s difficult to find a solution that suits all departments as some have specific needs, e.g. clinical programmes would need attendance monitoring software that can record students’ attendance for placements across Liverpool.
UKVI – (UK Visas and Immigration) Tier 4 Compliance Group
This group was established to ensure the University is compliant in relation to attendance monitoring of international students. The Tier 4 Visa is the general student visa that all international students have. Universities sponsor students to study so they are able to get a tier 4 visa from the home office. As a sponsor, the University has many responsibilities, including monitoring the attendance of students on a tier 4 visa.
I sit on this Committee to ensure that International students are being treated fairly, in accordance to the conditions the University outline, and their responsibilities in being a Higher Education provider that accepts (‘sponsors’) International Students. Especially since the Covid-19 pandemic, this has been an important Committee to understand the situation for our International students, and get crucial updates from UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and the Home Office.