Tier 4 Attendance & Monitoring

Guidance and policies on Tier 4 visa student attendance and monitoring.

General Information

As a ‘sponsor’ of international students within the UK immigration system, the University is required to evidence Tier 4/Student visa students' attendance and engagement.  International students often require a Tier 4/Student visa to study in the UK.  Though other types of Visas are possible (for example if the student is permitted to study while holding a spouse visa), Tier 4/Student visas are the most common.  

UK Visa Requirements


Important information for students on a Tier 4/Student Visa

As a Tier 4/Student visa student, the University of Edinburgh is the sponsor of your UK visa. The University has a number of legal duties to manage our sponsorship of your visa. These include:

  • monitoring your attendance on your programme and
  • reporting to the Home Office where you suspend or withdraw from your studies, complete them early, fail to register or are repeatedly absent to the point of being excluded from studies.

As a student with a visa sponsored by the University of Edinburgh, the terms of your visa require you to, (amongst others):

  • Ensure you have a correct and valid visa for studying at the University of Edinburgh, sponsored by the University of Edinburgh;
  • Attend all of your University classes, lectures, tutorials, etc where required. This includes participating in the requirements of your course including submitting assignments, attending meetings with tutors and attending examinations.If you cannot attend due to illness, for example, you must inform your School.

Please note that any email relating to your Tier 4/Student visa sponsorship will be sent to your University email address - you should, therefore, check this regularly.

Information or advice about your Tier 4/Student visa immigration status can be obtained by contacting the Student Immigration Service:

Contact the Student Immigration Service 

Roles & Responsibilities

Information regarding the role and responsibilities of both the Tier 4/Student visa student and of the University as a Tier 4/Student visa sponsor is available via the International Office: 

Tier 4 general sponsorship

Information for current Tier 4 Students

Engagement Monitoring

Information on how we review data is here:


Staff Guidance

As of 1st August 2014, the University has enforced a new policy for recording the attendance and engagement points of all Tier 4 students.  

Guidance and procedural notes for Personal Tutors and PGR Supervisors in relation to the new Engagement Tab in EUCLID are available here:


Additional guidance for staff in relation to Tier 4 Attendance and Engagement Monitoring is available through the International Office's Wiki (requires EASE log in): 

Staff Tier 4 Compliance Wiki