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Immigration Compliance Network


The Immigration Compliance Network (ICN) was established in 2014 to provide a safe and supportive forum within which colleagues can share their ideas and concerns about compliance with (primarily) the Tier 4 sponsor requirements. We hold two national meetings a year and our regional groups meet on a regular basis. The network works on a foundation of trust and enables the sharing of good practice between institutions as well as offering less experienced colleagues the opportunity to build a network and benefit from the experience of others.

ICN’s terms of reference are as follows:

  • To provide a forum and a ‘safe space’ for peer-to-peer discussion, support and advice-sharing about the practicalities of managing immigration compliance within our diverse institutions
  • To share good practice about professional development within this emerging field of immigration compliance management
  • To strive to keep the spirit of UKCISA Code of Ethics at the heart of our compliance discussions, whilst ensuring we meet all our Tier 4 sponsor and institutional obligations
  • To coordinate examples of operational and policy difficulties experienced by institutions and feed into appropriate lobbying efforts and/or to initiate lobbying as a network

Coordinating Committee

The full coordinating committee was first convened in November 2014 and roles were agreed as follows:

Co-Chairs: Claire O’Leary and Natalie Stevenson
- Oversee the direction of ICN, promote its role to those within the sector and liaise with UKCISA and the Education Sector Operational Steering Group.
Co-Secretaries: Mike Lu and Jennifer Knapp-Wood
- Assist in the planning of the national meetings and ensure minutes are taken and distributed.
Treasurers: Richard Melia
- Oversees the financial administration of the ICN and produce financial reports.
Co-Regional Coordinators: Jim Price and Katerina Stivasari-Jones
- Liaise between the regions and with the regional leads to feedback issues/problems to the Committee. Alert regional leads to the dates of national meetings.
Co-Training and Events Coordinators: Sophie Ferguson and Kirsty Ibbitson
- Organise national meetings and help to ensure the smooth running of events.


Individual and institutional membership of ICN is available. Click below fo further information and for our membership form.

National Workshop

The date for our next meeting has been agreed for the 4th November 2016, to be held at Woburn House, London.

The ICN work shop will include:

  • Presentations:
    • Initiatives to reduce visa refusal rates - an institution's perspective (University of Bradford)

  • Practitioner discussions by theme including:
    • BRPs and right to study checks - how was it for you?
    • Strategies and initiatives for managing working on campus
    • Policy and practice on authorised absence and interruptions of study
    • Managing compliance in relation to collaboratively delivered courses

Date: 4 November 2016
Time: Registration - 9.30am to start at 10am - end at 4.15pm.
Cost: £50 for ICN members; £100 for non-ICN members


Regional Contacts

Please contact your regional coordinator direct to find out about your local meetings:

London and South East: Sophie Ferguson or Kayley Darby-Philpotts
Midlands: Jo Cully
North East: Joy Grenyer
Northern Ireland: Sinead Murtagh
North West: Tessa Bandouna
Scotland: Alison Young
South West and South Wales: Jim Price
Yorkshire and Humberside: Alex Warren

You are free to choose which region you join and members are encouraged to visit other regions.

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