”SEAtS offered us an immediate solution to support our Visa and immigration Compliance Policies and Processes for the entire South Wales campus. We foresee this as a step on the path to future options with SEAtS for supporting a student engagement reporting initiative.Liam BrysonDeputy Director of Student and Academic Services
The University of South Wales (USW) was formed in 2013 by the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport. Both the institutions that have come together to create the University of South Wales have a rich and varied history, and can each trace their roots back more than 100 years.
USW deployed SEAtS Software to support the University’s student Visa and immigration compliance processes.
Student visa sponsorship requirements combined with the research supporting the correlation between attendance and better student outcomes were key drivers in choosing SEAtS.
The Vendor Selection Process
The university identified SEAtS through a comprehensive selection and evaluation process, fully researching the market. USW then procured the SEAtS Solution through the Crown Commercial Service Digital Marketplace where SEAtS is listed on the OJEU approved G-Cloud V framework.
SEAtS will support institutional ability to meet Tier 4 visa and immigration compliance obligations, as well as enable attendance data capture, absence alerts, online registers and evidence of presence with verifiable data streams.
SEAtS will enable the University of South Wales produce more accurate student analytics to lecturers, administrators, students and relevant external stakeholders.
The SEAtS platform is an early warning system for retention, engagement, attendance and compliance issues. Reports, alerts and data analytics are delivered on cloud infrastructure. Student presence will be captured using touch terminals that work with both existing student ID cards and with biometric readers.
The SEAtS platform will connect with existing campus systems at the University of South Wales including student records, timetabling and virtual learning environments.
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”The software easily interfaced with our existing campus systems.Liam BrysonDeputy Director of Student and Academic Services
USW were able to leverage their existing investments in digital infrastructure and student cards to improve student and staff experiences across the University. The SEAtS platform connects standalone campus systems, unlocking significant value by transforming student interactions with them into accurate student engagement data and analytics. SEAtS student attendance capture methods used the ID cards that students already had in their possession, meaning there was no interruption to students daily routine.
SEAtS Software records all student and staff activity in the system, automatically creating an audit trail of the student journey. This gives compliance managers at USW all the data and reporting capabilities they need to exceed Tier IV compliance reporting requirements. Beyond this, to ensure students remain fully compliant, as well as on track to graduate, students and staff are notified early if they are approaching a critical stage with their engagement.