The government has pulled the requirement that international students be subject to stricter registration rules than their UK or EU counterparts.
Goldsmiths UCU, alongside Goldsmiths SU, applauds the recent changes to the UK Points Based System of Immigration (PBSI) – but suggests the rest of the policy should be removed also.
The government is now shocked by the all too predictable loss of billions of pounds by the fall off of numbers of international students. This loss is caused by the treatment of students as criminals.
The UCU nationally has a policy of non-compliance with the PBIS. This is because:
- requiring lecturers and administrators to inform on students breaks the necessary pastoral duty of trust
- requiring students register with the police subjects students to treatment as criminals
- requiring ridiculous amounts of documentation from students is prurient and humiliating
All students benefit from the international exchange that global students bring. Universities are places of teaching, learning and research; university staff are not border agents.