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  1. Compliant International Recruitment and UK NARIC Simon Potter National Sales Executive UK NARIC International Student Recruitment Seminar 10 May 2012 London qualifications are better understood

  2. Overseas Recruitment and Compliance Achieving and maintaining HTS is the primary focus Compliance is the key Adopting Best Practice Ability to follow a course Counter fraud qualifications are better understood

  3. UK NARIC UK NARIC is the National Agency responsible for providing information, advice and expert opinion on vocational, academic and professional skills and qualifications from overseas. qualifications are better understood

  4. UK NARIC • UK NARIC’s role: • recognition of international qualifications • comprehensive and up-to-date information on the education systems of other countries • developing and maintaining systems to help members to compare international qualifications • identifying fraudulent documents • research services offering more in-depth analysis and benchmarking comparisons • assistance in the immigration and managed migration process qualifications are better understood

  5. Good Practice Sponsorship Audit Policies and procedures – have information to hand Need to clearly demonstrate that following good practice qualifications are better understood

  6. Policies and Procedures How decisions are made What criteria is used How can this be evidenced? Not just now, but in the past (and the future) UK NARIC Membership - certificates qualifications are better understood

  7. More Good Practice • How to demonstrate good practice? • QAA “Review of education oversight” • 18 criteria including • Staff development • Admissions policy • Student Assessment qualifications are better understood

  8. Staff Development Keeping staff up-to-date Newsletters (QAA, IEU, AUA, etc.) Training courses and conferences (UCAS, UKCISA, NSA, etc.) Policy (why you’re here!!) qualifications are better understood

  9. Admissions Policy Is it written down!! What is your policy on particular countries/institutions? What sources of information do you consult? qualifications are better understood

  10. Student Assessment How do you assess an individual’s ability? Previous qualifications Test Interview qualifications are better understood

  11. Assigning a CAS Things to consider 382. You may only assign a CAS under Tier 4 if you are satisfied that a student both intends and is able to follow the course of study concerned. (more…) qualifications are better understood

  12. Assigning a CAS 385. You must assess a student’s ability to follow a course of study. You must state on the CAS what evidence you have used to make this assessment. For example, you might: • confirm any qualifications the student already has which make them suitable for the course you are offering, such as checking a masters degree if they are going to do a PhD; or • base the assessment on their progress in their existing course or a recently completed course. qualifications are better understood

  13. Assigning a CAS 385. You must assess a student’s ability to follow a course of study. You must state on the CAS what evidence you have used to make this assessment. For example, you might: •confirm any qualifications the student already has which make them suitable for the course you are offering, such as checking a masters degree if they are going to do a PhD; or • base the assessment on their progress in their existing course or a recently completed course. qualifications are better understood

  14. Education Fraud How do you know whether a qualification is legitimate? Who should you consult? What is education fraud? qualifications are better understood

  15. Education Fraud No developed country is safe from the risk of falling victim to fake credentials unless they have the knowledge and skills to combat education fraud and safeguard genuine and good quality education qualifications are better understood

  16. What is Education Fraud? Education fraud falls into two areas: By an individual By an institution qualifications are better understood

  17. Who commits fraud Individuals wishing to ‘improve’ themselves through claiming to have qualifications They believe they are doing no harm; it is merely in order to gain access to jobs, education or to entry to countries qualifications are better understood

  18. Who commits fraud In fact they are committing a crime; ‘…if a person applies for an advertised job which demands that the applicant holds a particular degree, they commit the offence of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception if they dishonestly obtain the job as a result of a deception that they have the degree…’ qualifications are better understood

  19. Who commits fraud (cont)

  20. Working with bogus qualifications Education fraud can effect us all; it is important that regulated professions are protected by increasing awareness of bogus qualifications and how to combat them. 'Bogus forensic expert bought degree on web' Manchester Evening News, Jan 2007 qualifications are better understood

  21. Degree Mills Degree Mill: An Institution of higher education operating without supervision of a state or professional agency and granting diplomas which are either fraudulent or worthless because of the lack of proper standards Degree Mills do not equal Unrecognised Institutions qualifications are better understood

  22. Degree Mills Common features: • Strong emphasis on fee levels and payment plans. Often prices are very low • Short duration of courses – days or weeks • Long list of accreditation agencies and affiliated bodies • Offer to accredit life experience • Links such as ‘Order Now’ and ‘free evaluation forms’ are often found at the lower end of the market • Unlikely degree titles • No contact address • Contact details that differ from claimed location of the institution qualifications are better understood

  23. Examples of Degree Mills Los Angeles and Honolulu! It is unusual to have the records office and the campus over 1000 miles apart! So many campuses in all these countries! qualifications are better understood

  24. Examples of Degree Mills The reality The brochure qualifications are better understood

  25. My favourite! http://www.superiorfakedegrees.com/ qualifications are better understood

  26. It gets better Degree or Diploma Certificate – $230.00 (includes two copies of degree certificate) Degree or Diploma Transcripts – $250.00 (includes two copies of degree transcripts) Degree Certificate and Transcripts Package – $380.00 (includes 2 copies of degree or diploma certificate along with 2 copies of transcripts) You Save Over 20%! 2 Degrees + 2 Transcripts (2 different degrees, corresponding transcripts) – $600.00 3 Degrees + 3 Transcripts (3 different degrees, corresponding transcripts) – $850.00 qualifications are better understood

  27. It gets better Degree or Diploma Certificate – $230.00 (includes two copies of degree certificate) Degree or Diploma Transcripts – $250.00 (includes two copies of degree transcripts) Degree Certificate and Transcripts Package – $380.00 (includes 2 copies of degree or diploma certificate along with 2 copies of transcripts) You Save Over 20%! 2 Degrees + 2 Transcripts (2 different degrees, corresponding transcripts) – $600.00 3 Degrees + 3 Transcripts (3 different degrees, corresponding transcripts) – $850.00 qualifications are better understood

  28. It gets better Degree or Diploma Certificate – $230.00 (includes two copies of degree certificate) Degree or Diploma Transcripts – $250.00 (includes two copies of degree transcripts) Degree Certificate and Transcripts Package – $380.00 (includes 2 copies of degree or diploma certificate along with 2 copies of transcripts) You Save Over 20%! 2 Degrees + 2 Transcripts (2 different degrees, corresponding transcripts) – $600.00 3 Degrees + 3 Transcripts (3 different degrees, corresponding transcripts) – $850.00 qualifications are better understood

  29. It gets even better GCSE and A-Level Certificates – $180.00 USD Replicated-Fake Training Certificates (TOEFL and Training Certificates) Official/Platinum Option (designed to look 100% identical to the originals including identical security grade transcript paper, identical water markings, raised-ink crests, embossed seals, correct card stock weight (60-100lb depending upon institution specifications) Custom Training Certificate (includes TOEFL) – $240.00 Simple Replicated Packages (designed to look authentic (official card stock but missing the platinum security features) qualifications are better understood

  30. It gets even better Birth, Marriage or Death Certificate $120.00 Premium/Platinum Package $2500.00 (includes Passport, valid citizenship (your choice of 8 countries), birth, and marriage certificates, Visa or MasterCard, Utility Bills, Lease agreement(s) and Bank Account) Gold Package $1500.00 (includes citizenship – your choice of 3 countries, passport, birth, and marriage certificates, utility bills, lease agreement(s), MasterCard and Bank Account) Silver Package $1000.00 (Includes citizenship – your choice of 3 countries, passport, birth and marriage certificates) qualifications are better understood

  31. UKBA’s view on fraud UKBA would encourage Sponsors to take all reasonable steps to verify the authenticity of a document; it is in the Sponsor’s interests to do so Rooting out the non bona fide applications before issuing a CAS would save them from paying a CAS fee for a student who won't enter the UK If an institution repeatedly sponsors applicants with non bona fide documents it may affect their Sponsor rating and could ultimately lead to their removal from the register qualifications are better understood

  32. Combating fraud Red flags Lack of official stamp Signatures Misalignment Spelling mistakes Variety and types of fonts Paper quality Hand writing Unlikely degree titles Inconsistent terminology qualifications are better understood

  33. Genuine qualifications are better understood

  34. Fake qualifications are better understood

  35. Genuine or Fake? qualifications are better understood

  36. Fake 1 Fonts qualifications are better understood

  37. Fake 2 Spacing qualifications are better understood

  38. Fake 3 Wording qualifications are better understood

  39. Combating Fraud Many of UK NARIC’s members are using the counter fraud service to compile their own database of genuine certificates (creating their own White / Black lists) 62% increase in the number of assessments that UK NARIC is undertaking qualifications are better understood

  40. Overseas Recruitment and Compliance – a recap Maintaining HTS is the primary focus Compliance is the key Adopting Best Practice Ability to follow a course Counter fraud qualifications are better understood