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UCU warns against spying on students

29 September 2011

UCU today said pressure on staff to spy on their students would create an environment of mistrust on campus and risked jeopardising the crucial relationship between staff and students.

The union said the news that thousands of foreign students are being reported to immigration officials each year could make the UK a less attractive place to study for overseas students.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'The relationship between staff and students is an incredibly important one that is built on trust. Fears that lecturers are spying on students, whether they are or not, risks jeopardising that relationship.

'Successive governments have seen plans to turn lecturers into spooks overwhelmingly rejected by the academic community and we will continue to oppose such moves, which would make the UK a less attractive proposition to foreign students.'

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