Tier 4 compliance - London

Event Overview

At a time of increasing scrutiny in higher education, it is imperative that universities and colleges are kept up to date with the latest changes in International Student Recruitment, in particular changes to the Points Based System (PBS). In recent years we have seen various changes to visa regulations which are impacting Education providers. Those who fail to comply with Home Office regulations risk losing their Tier 4 Sponsor status. The seminar session that will cover the following topics:

  • Compliant International Student Recruitment
  • Education fraud
  • Processes implemented by institutions to meet Tier 4 compliance regulations
  • Effective evaluation of international qualifications

This special, one day seminar has been designed to help international student recruitment and admissions staff to understand more about the new immigration environment and its impact on identifying, evaluating and sponsoring overseas students.

Why Attend?

This is a great opportunity to hear from experts in the international student recruitment field. Gain insights into practical and strategic solutions to maximise international student recruitment and get the latest updates on Tier 4.

This event will help:

Compliance officers, overseas recruitment officers, college administrators, immigration advisers and international admissions staff.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 18 October 2017
Time: 09:00 - 15:30
Location: Grange Wellington Hotel
  71 Vincent Square
  SW1P 2PA
Closest underground: Victoria
Closest train station: Victoria
Delegate Rate: £175.00 + VAT* (£210.00) per delegate
(UK NARIC members)
£275.00 + VAT* (£330.00) per delegate
Booking details: Members: Book your delegate place here online
Non-members, please email:


Registration and coffee 09:15 – 09:30
Introduction and welcome 09:30 – 09:35
Tier 4 policy update - Fragomen 09:35 – 10:15
Preparing an audit – Simon Maller and Alex Warren 10:15 – 11.00
Morning refreshments 11:00– 11:20
Reviewing student files - interactive session - Fragomen 11.20 - 12.20
Lunch 12.20 - 13.00
Tier 4 audit reflections - Mark Coates 13.00 - 13.30
How IELTS can help with compliance - Ben Wakeford 13.30 - 14.15
Refreshment break 14.15 - 14.35
UKNARIC safeguarding checklist 14.35 - 15.00
Panel discussion, Q & A and close 15.00 - 15.30


Mark Coates of Keele University
Mark Coates is the International Operations Manager at Keele University, who has responsibility for managing the University’s UKVI Tier 4 Licence and related compliance activities. His remit includes oversight of the University’s UKVI strategic position, policy, audits (both internal & UKVI). Alongside this, Mark works collaboratively on the monitoring of Tier 4 working, Tier 2 & Tier 5 licence activities, and English Language equivalency. Mark manages a small Immigration Compliance team which has oversight for; CAS, Student enrolment, re-registration, engagement & attendance monitoring, reporting, advice, supporting UKVI admissions related functions and the Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES).

Alex Warren of the University of Huddersfield
Alex Warren has over 6 years’ experience of working in student immigration and compliance and is currently Immigration and Compliance Manager at the University of Huddersfield. Prior to that she worked at University of Bradford as Visa Support Team Leader and was at the University of Durham as a Student Visa Advisor before moving to Bradford. She has a background in Immigration Law and worked for many years for a charity proving legal advice and representation for refugees and asylum seekers before moving into the Higher Education Sector.

Simon Maller of Leeds Trinity University
Simon Maller, secretary of the Academic Registrars' Council UKVI Practitioners’ Group, currently of Leeds Trinity University, and former head of admissions at the University of Salford, head of course enquiries and admissions and head of taught postgraduate admissions at the University of Leeds, and head of visa support and compliance at the University of Hull.

Naomi Goldshtein of Fragomen Worldwide
Naomi is a Manager and solicitor who has worked in the field of UK immigration law for more than 10 years. She has experience advising clients on a full range of applications covered by UK Immigration Rules, including the Points Based System (PBS). Naomi is part of Fragomen London's dedicated PBS Compliance and Audit Team, advising global clients on sponsor license applications and the prevention of illegal working.

Ben Wakeford of IELTS
Ben is the IELTS Stakeholder Relations Manager for the British Council. Ben works closely with IELTS stakeholders (universities, colleges, professional registration bodies, immigration authorities, embassies, large employers etc.) attending key industry events, delivering briefings, managing stakeholder information seminars and providing an important channel of communication.

Ian Bassett of UK NARIC
Ian has over 12 years’ experience working at UK NARIC and in his current role as Head of the Commercial Group is responsible for the development and delivery of our core services provided to organisations and has managed the introduction of many new products and services. Ian has previously worked in both the education and commercial sectors fulfilling a range of roles in business development and account management.

* VAT is payable within the EU












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