UK universities use fingerprinting to keep tabs on international students

October 18, 2013

Universities in the UK are using fingerprint scanners to make sure international students are attending lectures, reports Times Higher Education. The National Union of Students is condemning the move by both the University of Sunderland and the University of Ulster to install biometric monitoring systems on satellite campuses not used by British students. Sunderland Student Relations and Compliance Manager Ruth Davison says “the system had been installed because the site was “entirely international” and the Home Office required that all attendance be monitored.” Davison added that the prior swipe card system meant students could sign each other in or that cards could be lost. THE reports that there has been confusion over what checks are necessary to make sure overseas students are in the UK to study rather than work. Times Higher Education