Foreign postgraduates inspected by UK universities

July 25, 2007

UK officials have recently confirmed plans to implement new security measures at UK universities to vet all non-EU postgraduates applying to study a range of potentially sensitive subjects.  Implemented on a voluntary basis in September before being made mandatory in November, the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) was designed to "prevent states of proliferation concern using the UK as a training ground for their scientists and engineers." Subject areas targeted are expected to include biological sciences, chemistry, nuclear physics, electrical engineering and metallurgy.  740 postgraduate students were vetted in 2006 for courses with potential security implications. Islamic Republic News Agency | UK House of Commons statement