Adequate monitoring

September 13, 2002

Further to your article "Student agents aid illegal entry" ( THES , September 6), it would be wise to point out that international offices within British universities do generally have a very effective system of self-regulation. They are meticulous in making agreements with agents and monitoring their activities, and they have regular communication with British consular officials and British Council offices abroad.

There is also a regular exchange of information between international officers in UK universities through the British Universities International Liaison Association electronic mailbase. It would be highly unusual for a university to continue cooperating with an agent where a number of offer letters were issued to international students without them arriving for enrolment.

This valuable sector is being effectively marketed and managed, but we also have to be aware that bona fide international applicants require a swift response from universities because of the high level of competition from countries such as Australia and the US.

John Phillips
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns