Attendance Policy

University Attendance Policy for HE Students

The University is required to monitor your attendance and report, as appropriate, to the UK Borders Agency, the Local Education Authorities and the Student Loans Company.

As such you must inform us of any changes to your contact details and /or immigration status (if relevant).

As a student at the University of the Arts London you are expected to attend all timetabled sessions, including lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, learning support sessions, workshops, inductions and demonstrations. Regular attendance means that you can take full advantage of the learning and teaching opportunities available to you and gain the greatest benefit from the course.

Poor attendance not only affects you but also affects others who rely on you in group projects and for peer learning: where group work and peer learning is central to the subject, poor attendance can lead to failure of assessment.

If you regularly miss sessions you will be contacted by your Course Director or Personal Tutor and offered the opportunity to discuss any difficulties that might be affecting your attendance and ways in which the University might help you attend more regularly. If your attendance continues to be poor you will receive a warning letter, your visa or student loan could be revoked and, eventually, you will be withdrawn from the course.

The University recognises that you may need to undertake part time employment to support your studies and may have other commitments such as childcare or family or religious events. However the University does expect you, wherever possible, to fit these commitments around timetabled sessions in order to take part in the course fully.

If you are aware of an event (for example, an offer of work experience or a religious holiday) that is going to disrupt your attendance at taught sessions you must discuss this with your personal tutor or Course Director. This helps to ensure that you do not miss important sessions that could affect your performance at assessment and also allows the University to make sure that the requirements of the Student Loans Company and UK Borders Agency continue to be met.

Remember, if you are studying with us on a student visa, the University has a legal obligation to inform the UK Borders Agency if you: 

  • do not enrol for your course by the latest agreed start date;
  • withdraw, or are withdrawn, from your course, take time out from your course, or exceed the number of permitted unauthorised absences;
  • change or transfer to a course of a shorter length;
  • break the conditions of your permission to stay in the UK.