Engagement

You must attend and engage with your course - it is a condition of your Tier 4 visa.  How often you attend will depend on your timetable and your level of study.

Engagement and attendance monitoring

Tier 4 or Student Route visa holder on a taught programme, including a placement

If you are an Undergraduate or postgraduate taught student, your School will track your attendance and engagement via electronic means.

Tier 4 or Student Route visa holder completing dissertation on a postgraduate taught programme

If you are an Undergraduate or postgraduate taught student, your School will track your attendance and engagement via electronic means.

Tier 4 or Student Route visa holder on a postgraduate research programme

  • As part of your programme you must have monthly formal supervision sessions.
  • You need to have your completed Research Supervision Record Form signed electronically every month by your supervisor.  
  • Your signed research supervision record form must be uploaded to Salford Advantage no later than the Sunday following the end of the calendar month concerned.  You can find instructions on how to submit your forms here and the last dates for submission here.
  • If your supervisor has used an electronic signature on your supervision record form and returned your form to you via email, then you must also upload a screenshot of this email to your Salford Advantage submission. 
  • If you submit your form late it cannot be processed and will be classed as a missed attendance.
  • You should keep the hard copy of the form for your personal records – you may be asked to provide this at a later date.  

Tier 4 or Student Route visa holder on an exchange programme

Due to Covid-19 if you are planning on completing an exchange programme outside of the UK, please contact the Home Office Compliance Team.

Tier 4 or Student Route visa holder collecting data overseas

  • You must have permission from your supervisor to return to your home country or travel overseas to complete data collection. It is advisable to keep a copy of this permission with you during your trip, and email a copy to the Home Office Compliance Team.
If you wish to keep your Tier 4 or Student Route visa
  • You must stay in contact with your supervisor and have monthly formal supervision sessions.  You should do this by Skype, Microsoft Teams telephone or, only in exceptional circumstances, email contact.  Following your session, you should send your completed form to your supervisor and ask them to sign and send it back to you via email.  
  • Your signed research supervision record form must be uploaded to Salford Advantage no later than the Sunday following the end of the calendar month concerned.  You can find instructions on how to submit your form here and the last dates for submission here.
  • If you submit your form late it cannot be processed and will be classed as a missed attendance.
  • You should keep the hard copy of the form for your personal records – you may be asked to provide this at a later date.
If you don’t want to keep your Tier 4 or Student Route visa
  • You may return to your home country when no further contact is required with your supervisor or the University.  If this is the case, you must provide evidence that you have left the UK (such as scanned copies of an exit stamp in your passport, boarding pass and flight booking confirmation) to HomeOfficeCompliance@salford.ac.uk

What do I do if I'm unwell

  • If you are unwell for a few days, you may still be able to engage with your programme at the beginning or end of the teaching week or be able to re-arrange your dissertation/research supervision session. 
  • If you are unwell for up to 7 days and miss a full week of teaching, you must fill out a self-certificate form and submit this to Salford Advantage on time for your school to process.
  • If you are unwell for more than 7 days you must submit a note from a doctor/medical professional that gives details of the expected period of absence to Salford Advantage on time for your school to process – the note must be submitted each week until you return or until the expected date of return on the note (whichever is the earlier of these two dates).  
  • If you expect your absence to be for a significant amount of time, i.e. 60 days or more, please consider whether an interruption of study would be a more suitable way to protect your academic record.  If you would like to discuss this, please contact us.
  • The University can authorise periods of absence due to extreme sickness without cancelling sponsorship of your Tier 4 / Student Route visa but you must be able to complete your course on your current Visa and your absence should not be for 60 days or more.  If you are in this situation, contact us as soon as possible so we can advise you on the best course of action.