Expiring student visas

“One overseas student in five overstays visa” (7 Sep 10).  Standby for some expensive and intrusive IT system… or just make any qualification achieved under a student visa conditional on proof of having left the UK.

Why is this idea important?

“One overseas student in five overstays visa” (7 Sep 10).  Standby for some expensive and intrusive IT system… or just make any qualification achieved under a student visa conditional on proof of having left the UK.

Tier 1

The present set of PSW visa holders are unfairly trapped by the new increase in points to attain the tier 1 visa. When we took out the post study, we knew how much was required to be able to switch.

To be fair, I feel that present PSW visa holders should get at least 15 points.

The average salary for a graduate job in the UK is £25000. I require a £50000 salary to qualify under new rules. When I applied for the PSW visa, I needed far far less than that.

Why is this idea important?

The present set of PSW visa holders are unfairly trapped by the new increase in points to attain the tier 1 visa. When we took out the post study, we knew how much was required to be able to switch.

To be fair, I feel that present PSW visa holders should get at least 15 points.

The average salary for a graduate job in the UK is £25000. I require a £50000 salary to qualify under new rules. When I applied for the PSW visa, I needed far far less than that.

Bring back the student’s jobs, please.

Tony Blair, was showing off to India, and he let the British companies, that are registered here, and do their business here, to take their jobs to India and the Far East. Before this, back in the day, our British children and students and graduates used to get call centre jobs and they used to save up money, and then get their own house, easily. Now, there are no more of these jobs and many of our children and students and graduates are unemployed and are unable to buy their own house. You should make a law to force all of those companies bring back their jobs and call centres here. If they don't you should cancel their licenses to practice. If you do this, the economy will become strong and the money will flow. Indians do not understand what we Britons tell them over the phone. Indians also trouble our Muslim people here in Britain. They know Muslim names and they trouble them as they find out from their names.

Why is this idea important?

Tony Blair, was showing off to India, and he let the British companies, that are registered here, and do their business here, to take their jobs to India and the Far East. Before this, back in the day, our British children and students and graduates used to get call centre jobs and they used to save up money, and then get their own house, easily. Now, there are no more of these jobs and many of our children and students and graduates are unemployed and are unable to buy their own house. You should make a law to force all of those companies bring back their jobs and call centres here. If they don't you should cancel their licenses to practice. If you do this, the economy will become strong and the money will flow. Indians do not understand what we Britons tell them over the phone. Indians also trouble our Muslim people here in Britain. They know Muslim names and they trouble them as they find out from their names.

Student Letting Planning Permission order 2010

If I buy a property for my Student Son or Daughter  to use while the are in University, I must obtain Planning Permission if they take on 3 non familly members to share the property and costs.

With this new order I must undertake a costly and lengthly proceedure to get planning permission before my son or daughter can house their 3 friends next term. 

Why is this idea important?

If I buy a property for my Student Son or Daughter  to use while the are in University, I must obtain Planning Permission if they take on 3 non familly members to share the property and costs.

With this new order I must undertake a costly and lengthly proceedure to get planning permission before my son or daughter can house their 3 friends next term. 

Renting

If a minimum term is required it should not exceed six months from when the tenant first moves in with no further minimum terms allowed.  Tenants could reasonably be charged a penalty of, say, two month’s rent if they leave within six months.

A non-student sharing a house or flat with students should be charged council tax only on his share of the dwelling, not on the entire dwelling.

 

Why is this idea important?

If a minimum term is required it should not exceed six months from when the tenant first moves in with no further minimum terms allowed.  Tenants could reasonably be charged a penalty of, say, two month’s rent if they leave within six months.

A non-student sharing a house or flat with students should be charged council tax only on his share of the dwelling, not on the entire dwelling.

 

council tax and student accommodation

The Cornish towns of Penryn and Falmouth have recently seen a massive influx of students following the opening of Exeter University's Tremough Campus. This has resulted in hundreds of houses in the towns and neighbouring communities being purchased by absentee landlords who rent them out as multiple occupancy accommodation for students.

Students do not have to pay council tax on their accommodation……..and neither do the owners! This huge loophole in the law means that no council tax is being collected on at least one third of properties in the town with the burden of the tax resting on local householders in an area already known for its low wages and high living costs.

Whole streets have been taken over by student accommodation resulting in a number of social issues, such as refuse bags being left out at all times for seagulls to rip open; houses that are not properly maintained by the absentee landlord/owner; and locals being forced to sell up as they find themselves surrounded on all sides by young people who are nautrally enjoying their first taste of freedom from home!

A know the two towns are delighted to house the university, but this loophole in the law allows the property owners to make huge sums of  money through student rents, without contributing to the council tax burden and public services. This is happening in every university town in the country, and in my opinion, is unfair and should be rectified.  

Why is this idea important?

The Cornish towns of Penryn and Falmouth have recently seen a massive influx of students following the opening of Exeter University's Tremough Campus. This has resulted in hundreds of houses in the towns and neighbouring communities being purchased by absentee landlords who rent them out as multiple occupancy accommodation for students.

Students do not have to pay council tax on their accommodation……..and neither do the owners! This huge loophole in the law means that no council tax is being collected on at least one third of properties in the town with the burden of the tax resting on local householders in an area already known for its low wages and high living costs.

Whole streets have been taken over by student accommodation resulting in a number of social issues, such as refuse bags being left out at all times for seagulls to rip open; houses that are not properly maintained by the absentee landlord/owner; and locals being forced to sell up as they find themselves surrounded on all sides by young people who are nautrally enjoying their first taste of freedom from home!

A know the two towns are delighted to house the university, but this loophole in the law allows the property owners to make huge sums of  money through student rents, without contributing to the council tax burden and public services. This is happening in every university town in the country, and in my opinion, is unfair and should be rectified.  

Change University Education

Change the early stages of University Education so that they are based on lectures provided from CD and Internet storage and the University itself should be taking the very best ideas from the Open University and its coursework based by mail and combining it with the traditional lecture based system to provide the best of both worlds rather than the current system which is more focussed on bums on seats attendance.

Some students need more contact with the lecturers to succeed, others less so. There is an efficiency dividend to be reaped if approached carefully.

Why is this idea important?

Change the early stages of University Education so that they are based on lectures provided from CD and Internet storage and the University itself should be taking the very best ideas from the Open University and its coursework based by mail and combining it with the traditional lecture based system to provide the best of both worlds rather than the current system which is more focussed on bums on seats attendance.

Some students need more contact with the lecturers to succeed, others less so. There is an efficiency dividend to be reaped if approached carefully.

Fossilised studentification

The HMO planning policy introduced by Labour as affects so called 'studentification' has already been reduced by this new government, but there are still Article 4 uses of the regulations that need to go.

This NIMBY policy creates 'fossilised studentifcation' in that once those who have a protected monopoly in an area for their own HMO, they are not going to let it go back to family usage. It discourages competition and investment and creates a false market.

The regulation lacks other mechanisms – e.g., council or housing association accommodation designed for families, or proper investment in purpose built student accommodation.  Note that neither of these solutions incur a long term cost as they bring in rents too.  Universities, councils and investment enterprises are quite capable of addressing this themselves without artificial social engineering as is attempted by these regulations.

It also disadvantages home owners who wish to let out their home on a periodic or medium term basis. This restriction can actually be a disincentive for families to move into an area.  It also affects house prices in a way that is unfair to families – lowering the price by restricting the sales possibilities in an area where adjacent properties are fossilised into being HMO lets by this regulation.

The term 'studentification' is a pejorative which is underserved.  The argument that the area goes quiet when student leave is not much of an argument.  It probably originates with a few shop owners who do quite nicely when the students are there, but want a bit more business when they are not. Anyway,  it's nice when it goes quiet!

This policy is ill-thought out and an undue interference.  Get rid of it please.  We don't need it.

Why is this idea important?

The HMO planning policy introduced by Labour as affects so called 'studentification' has already been reduced by this new government, but there are still Article 4 uses of the regulations that need to go.

This NIMBY policy creates 'fossilised studentifcation' in that once those who have a protected monopoly in an area for their own HMO, they are not going to let it go back to family usage. It discourages competition and investment and creates a false market.

The regulation lacks other mechanisms – e.g., council or housing association accommodation designed for families, or proper investment in purpose built student accommodation.  Note that neither of these solutions incur a long term cost as they bring in rents too.  Universities, councils and investment enterprises are quite capable of addressing this themselves without artificial social engineering as is attempted by these regulations.

It also disadvantages home owners who wish to let out their home on a periodic or medium term basis. This restriction can actually be a disincentive for families to move into an area.  It also affects house prices in a way that is unfair to families – lowering the price by restricting the sales possibilities in an area where adjacent properties are fossilised into being HMO lets by this regulation.

The term 'studentification' is a pejorative which is underserved.  The argument that the area goes quiet when student leave is not much of an argument.  It probably originates with a few shop owners who do quite nicely when the students are there, but want a bit more business when they are not. Anyway,  it's nice when it goes quiet!

This policy is ill-thought out and an undue interference.  Get rid of it please.  We don't need it.

Student Visa

People have been allowed into this country on the pretext of Student Visa. Those people who never been to college in their home country. Not only that , those students then are allowed to bring their spouse? It should be stopped and if anyone is allowed on student VISA as soon as that particular course is over student should go back and reapply for further course visa.

Then they should not be allowed to go on to other sort of VISA e.g. working visa and lead to permanent visa. This way illegal immigration can be controlled. Sponsor should be pursued to return the sponsred to UK Border Agency. Employer employing illegal workers should be dealt with more strictly.

Why is this idea important?

People have been allowed into this country on the pretext of Student Visa. Those people who never been to college in their home country. Not only that , those students then are allowed to bring their spouse? It should be stopped and if anyone is allowed on student VISA as soon as that particular course is over student should go back and reapply for further course visa.

Then they should not be allowed to go on to other sort of VISA e.g. working visa and lead to permanent visa. This way illegal immigration can be controlled. Sponsor should be pursued to return the sponsred to UK Border Agency. Employer employing illegal workers should be dealt with more strictly.

Repeal the UK Borders Agencies Requirement for Universities to Track Student Attendance

The UKBA forces Universities to record student attendance and contacts (eg email contact).

There seems to be two possible objectives that the UKBA wishes to achieve.
either
a) To keep an eye on suspected terrorists
and or
b) to make sure people are not coming into the UK as students as a backdoor to avoid normal immigration controls.

In the case of a) keeping these records accessible to the UKBA is not going to prevent terrorist activity
In the case of b) someone who wishes to slip into the 'undergrowth' will surely have done so by the time the UKBA find out and do something about it.

My conclusion is that this action will be ineffective and that the requirement is a remnant of the previous governments attempts at centralised control. It infringes my privacy and I find it intrusive. Not only that, it is in my case meaningless. I happen to be a UK resident and so the UKBA should have no interest in me. If I were not a UK resident then I believe that I would be at best offended at worst intimidated.

In any event it is a waste of money and an unwarranted level of surveillance.  
 

Why is this idea important?

The UKBA forces Universities to record student attendance and contacts (eg email contact).

There seems to be two possible objectives that the UKBA wishes to achieve.
either
a) To keep an eye on suspected terrorists
and or
b) to make sure people are not coming into the UK as students as a backdoor to avoid normal immigration controls.

In the case of a) keeping these records accessible to the UKBA is not going to prevent terrorist activity
In the case of b) someone who wishes to slip into the 'undergrowth' will surely have done so by the time the UKBA find out and do something about it.

My conclusion is that this action will be ineffective and that the requirement is a remnant of the previous governments attempts at centralised control. It infringes my privacy and I find it intrusive. Not only that, it is in my case meaningless. I happen to be a UK resident and so the UKBA should have no interest in me. If I were not a UK resident then I believe that I would be at best offended at worst intimidated.

In any event it is a waste of money and an unwarranted level of surveillance.  
 

Overdraft.

My idea is to change the law for the international student, as coming to the United Kingdom. When the student arrived in the U.K. to study, they should not be entitled to any kind of banking credit or debit card or overdraft limit. As I have seen many international student came to U.K. and then graduated. Once they have complete their graduation, they work for sometimes and then suddenly they live the country without notifying the bank or other organisation. Afterword’s, student live the U.K. return to their country and then disappear to thin air and not to be found. Put the Bank and the country in high and dry.

Why is this idea important?

My idea is to change the law for the international student, as coming to the United Kingdom. When the student arrived in the U.K. to study, they should not be entitled to any kind of banking credit or debit card or overdraft limit. As I have seen many international student came to U.K. and then graduated. Once they have complete their graduation, they work for sometimes and then suddenly they live the country without notifying the bank or other organisation. Afterword’s, student live the U.K. return to their country and then disappear to thin air and not to be found. Put the Bank and the country in high and dry.

Free tuition for your first REAL degree

Free tuition should be available for everyones first degree, no grants, just no tuition.

Industry should decide on the number of places available on each degree course universities offer (with a minimum number available for each)

Student loans for living costs should be available at an interest rate that makes is cost neutral for the government to run.

Why is this idea important?

Free tuition should be available for everyones first degree, no grants, just no tuition.

Industry should decide on the number of places available on each degree course universities offer (with a minimum number available for each)

Student loans for living costs should be available at an interest rate that makes is cost neutral for the government to run.

enable work experience for under 16s in factories

Due to health and safety it is currently almost impossible for school children to have work experience in a factory.  This means that manufacturing is kept hidden away from schools at a key point when young people are considering their future.

The workers in the factory also suffer from not being in touch with the energy of the next generation (frequently their own children and children of friends).

Factories need to be opened up to young people as they are not dangerous places for grease monkeys.

Why is this idea important?

Due to health and safety it is currently almost impossible for school children to have work experience in a factory.  This means that manufacturing is kept hidden away from schools at a key point when young people are considering their future.

The workers in the factory also suffer from not being in touch with the energy of the next generation (frequently their own children and children of friends).

Factories need to be opened up to young people as they are not dangerous places for grease monkeys.