Human Recognition Systems (HRS) is to launch a unique student identity and attendance verification platform to the university sector at this year’s UKCISA Annual Conference (2-4 July 2013). Intended to reduce the cost and complexity of Home Office Tier 4 compliance, the innovative MVerify platform allows the automated capture and verification of student identity documents, such as passports and visas. In addition, MVerify also automates the capture of student attendance during teaching sessions using fingerprint or smartcard technology integrated onto a handheld device. This data is then fed back into the MVerify web application to allow simplified monitoring and reporting of student attendance data in real-time.
As visa restrictions on international students are tightened, universities must ensure accurate reporting in order to comply with the Home Office rules for Tier 4 student immigration and maintain their Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) status. MVerify has been developed in response to this changing higher education landscape by providing a tool that can eradicate reporting errors and irregularities and help improve student retention and academic performance through increased course attendance.
“Tier 4 compliance is set to be one of the key topics of discussion at this year’s UKCISA as universities seek to attract international students while navigating the complex Home Office reporting requirements,” comments Jon Busby, Business Development at HRS. “With our extensive expertise in identity management, we have developed a cost-effective solution for the higher education sector that can simplify the Tier 4 reporting structure, reduce time spent on manual data administration and lower the associated costs. Operated from a handheld device that can be passed among students, MVerify also supports an improved student experience by enabling more time to be spent on teaching rather than taking registers.”
Recognising the potential financial and reputational cost of non compliance, HRS has designed MVerify for simplicity and flexibility. The system operates off an online platform that enables quick deployment without the need for infrastructure set up. The platform can also be integrated into existing Student Information Systems (SIS) to provide a complete end-to-end student reporting solution, with the first integration being Tribal’s SITS:Vision system. The ability to access student information from any location in real-time will also benefit universities with students and staff located across multiple sites.