New Scanner for Student monitoring to be introduced (by your border-agent-tutor)

Trinketization must-have item of the week! this new electronic gadget from Opticon: website http://www.opticon.co.uk is a barcode scanner about to be rolled out at Queen Mary, to be used by seminar leaders to register attendance at seminars by scanning students’ ID cards.

[i am reliably informed from deep inside the administrative apparatus]

forget the new iphone five, this is the trinket you need for the proper management of scholarship in the knowledge economy

its sleek design makes it an oh so slick silver status object, with curved corners™

first an arm and a leg in fees, then electronic tagging as the staff are made agents of UKBA. FFS.

A reminder of the Centre for Cultural Studies position against being agents of the Border regime here.

Update:

—– Forwarded Message —–

MESSAGE FROM CCLS Director and Head of Dept, Laws

Dear all,

As a result of the tightening of immigration rules, from this academic year
onwards all universities must monitor students’ lecture attendance on an
ongoing basis. This encompasses students from all postgraduate taught
programmes. The attendance monitoring exercise will require the assistance
of academic staff members and guest speakers teaching postgraduate modules.
We have purchased scanners that read students ID cards. There is one scanner
per module. Each module convener must ensure that the person responsible
for the weekly lecture brings the scanner into the class, gives it to
students to record their attendance and brings it back to CCLS/Mile End
reception as appropriate.

It is VITAL that this is done every week as continuity is required when
checking for absence.

Scanner control

Modules taught at LIF OR CH SQ can collect and return scanners to LIF
reception.
Modules taught at Mile End OR at IALS by department staff can collect and
return scaners to Mile End Law Reception

We will start the monitoring exercise from week one, although for the first
two weeks it is trial run as class lists are not yet known. Your help in
implementing this is very important. As you know, foreign students are vital
for us and we must do what is required by the authorities to ensure our
right to sponsor student visas is not affected.

If you have any queries please contact Aqib (Ext. 8091 A.Khan@qmul.ac.uk or
Wendy Ext 8104 ccls-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk).

There are some basic guidance notes attached -

Many thanks in advance for your collaboration with this task.

Kind regards,

Spyros and Valsamis

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  • Ted  On 20/09/2012 at 1:37 pm

    —– Forwarded Message —–

    MESSAGE FROM CCLS Director and Head of Dept, Laws

    Dear all,

      As a result of the tightening of immigration rules, from this academic year
    onwards all universities must monitor students’ lecture attendance on an
    ongoing basis. This encompasses students from all postgraduate taught
    programmes. The attendance monitoring exercise  will require the assistance
    of academic staff members and guest speakers teaching postgraduate modules.
    We have purchased scanners that read students ID cards. There is one scanner
    per module. Each module convener must  ensure that the person responsible
    for the weekly lecture brings the scanner into the class, gives it to
    students to record their attendance and brings it back to CCLS/Mile End
    reception as appropriate.

    It is VITAL that this is done every week as continuity is required when
    checking for absence.

    Scanner control

    Modules taught at LIF OR CH SQ can collect and return scanners to LIF
    reception.
    Modules taught at Mile End OR at IALS by department staff can collect and
    return scaners to Mile End Law Reception

    We will start the monitoring exercise from week one, although for the first
    two weeks it is trial run as class lists are not yet known.  Your help in
    implementing this is very important. As you know, foreign students are vital
    for us and we must do what is required by the authorities to ensure our
    right to sponsor student visas is not affected.

    If you have any queries please contact Aqib (Ext. 8091 A.Khan[at]qmul.ac.uk or
    Wendy Ext 8104 ccls-helpdesk[at]qmul.ac.uk).

      Many thanks in advance for your collaboration with this task.

      Kind regards,

      Spyros and Valsamis

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  • john hutnyk  On 26/09/2012 at 11:45 am

    The UEL version…
    —–Original Message—–
    From: Ian Porton on behalf of LSS Helpdesk
    Sent: Wed 9/19/2012 8:34 PM
    Subject: Important information regarding recording your attendance

    Dear Student,

    I am writing to you to remind you of the importance of recording your
    attendance by touching in using your UEL ID while studying at UEL.

    Failure to correctly report your attendance will have consequences on your
    ability to study at UEL so it is vital that you remember to touch in at every
    teaching session at one of the card readers available in each classroom and
    lecture theatre.

    We have put together some question and answers to outline exactly what we
    expect of you in terms of recording your attendance.

    If you’ve got any questions regarding these procedures, please speak to your
    School Helpdesk. You can find contact details for your School Helpdesk on the
    website, via http://www.uel.ac.uk/schools

    Regards,

    Fiona Fairweather
    Dean of Law and Social Sciences

    Q&As for students

    How do I record my attendance?
    To record your attendance you will need to touch in using your UEL ID card on
    one of the readers situated in classrooms and lecture theatres.
    You need to do this at the start of every class you attend.

    What happens if I don’t swipe in?
    If you don’t touch in it will be marked as an unauthorised absence on your
    record. On the first occasion this happens you will be sent a warning to
    your UEL email address. If you fail to attend a second time, you will be
    emailed another warning, and if you are absent on a third occasion you will
    normally be de-registered from the module.

    What if I’m late?
    You can touch in no earlier than 20 minutes before the start of a class and
    up to 10 minutes after the class has begun.
    If you are more than 10 minutes late for a class, this will be classed as an
    unauthorised absence and will be treated in the same way as outlined above.

    Can I view my attendance records?
    Yes, you can monitor your attendance record by logging in to the online
    student portal UEL Direct, via http://www.uel.ac.uk/direct. Once logged in, click on
    the ‘My Record’ tab at the top of the homepage, then click on ‘My Programme’
    on the left hand pane, and then ‘Daily Attendance Record’ under the
    ‘Attendance Reporting’ section.
    It is your responsibility to monitor your own attendance record and raise any
    discrepancies or other issues with your School, either by speaking to your
    School Registrar or module leader or seminar tutor within 48 hours.

    What if I think my attendance record is wrong?
    If you were at a lesson but your attendance record lists you as absent, you
    need to speak to your School within 48 hours of the lecture occurring.

    What if I’ve got a good reason for missing a module?
    If you have a good reason to miss an essential element of your study, such as
    a module or seminar, please ensure you obtain prior permission from your
    module leader or seminar tutor.

    Is it essential to attend all my modules?
    Your School will let you know which elements of your course are compulsory to
    attend.
    Please note that if your overall attendance of the compulsory elements of
    your module falls below 75% you will normally be de-registered from the
    programme.

    I’ve missed a compulsory module, what should I do?
    It is your responsibility to explain to you tutor why you missed a compulsory
    module. This should normally be through you arranging a face to face meeting
    with your tutor or module leader although where this is impossible to achieve
    this may be by email. In exceptional circumstances, this may be discussed
    with the appropriate academic member of staff within five working days of
    absence.

    If I’m de-registered from a module, what impact will this have on my studies?
    This will have serious consequences on your ability to study on a full-time
    basis and may mean that you will not be able to complete your course on time.
    For international students on a Tier 4 student visa, failure to swipe in and
    comply with the UEL attendance policy could impact on their visa status.

    What if I’m in the same room for consecutive classes?
    You must touch in at the beginning of each class, even if you remain in the
    same room.

    What do I do if I lose my card?
    We ask you to look after your ID Card and keep it safe. If it is lost or
    stolen we can issue a replacement, but we charge £10 for this and the fee
    can’t be refunded even if your old card turns up. Your old card will be
    cancelled automatically once you inform us it’s lost or stolen. Visit the
    Student Services Helpdesk at Docklands or Stratford Campus to get a new Card,
    bringing identification with you. Click here
    for full details
    on how to replace your card.

    What if I want to change modules?
    You must let your School know if you wish to change modules as they will need
    to amend your record so you are registered for the correct lessons. To find
    the contact details for your School Helpdesk visit http://www.uel.ac.uk/schools

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