I blogged a few weeks ago about the new immigration rules in the UK which will require universities to monitor the attendance of international students and report to the Border Agency so that they can keep track of people on student visas. Now it has been drawn to my attention that a Petition has been officially registered with Downing Street against this legislation as a breach of human rights.
I quite like the Petition for giving this summation of what is at stake:
"This police-like surveillance is not the function of universities and alters the educational relationship between students and their teachers in a very harmful manner. University staff are there to help the students develop intellectually and not to be a means of sanctioning them. Trust between students and staff is essential to the relationship."