MLS Equal Opportunity and Admissions Policy Summary

Principles
Our company is fully committed to the active promotion of equal opportunity in employment and the provision of all its services to customers and others. MLS International College will endeavour not to discriminate, directly or indirectly, against students or potential students on the grounds of gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religious or political beliefs, disability, marital status or family circumstances, sexual orientation, age, ex-offender status, social class. Staff and students at all levels should treat one another with respect and courtesy. Definitions of direct and indirect discrimination are given in Appendix 1 of our full policy, available on request. Relevant legislation is listed in Appendix 2.

Admissions (General)
MLS reserves the right of admission as a fee charging institution. Applicants need to provide evidence of financial ability to settle tuition and other fees as charged. In addition minimum entry standards as detailed in the College brochures and other marketing material from time to time are applied. The College will aim to use appropriate, non-discriminatory language in all recruitment literature. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their existing knowledge and their ability to complete chosen programmes successfully and to contribute to the life of the College. Evidence on which decisions are made may include qualifications, predicted qualifications, academic references, information provided on an application form, outside interests, evidence of recent study, motivation for the programmes or performance in an interview. MLS provides admissions to adult students only. Typically this is aged 18 years and above. We reserve the right to accept students aged 16 and 17, but only where the prevailing care of juniors documentation has been completed and complied with. Admissions are accepted under our standard terms and conditions.

Accessibility
MLS makes every effort to meet the requirements of all students who study at the College. The College is based in a Victorian building with five floors. The building does not have lift access, although MLS may make space available for teaching on the ground floor for those who have difficulty managing staircases. MLS does not provide specialist support for certain disabilities and should you require specific assistance, we ask that you complete the MLS learning support questionnaire, so that we can better understand and endeavour to respond to your needs where possible.

Enrolment Period
Students admitted are provided with a course start date which must be adhered to other than that students may be delayed for bona fide reasons and in which case a typical delay of four weeks will be allowed for English Language courses and two weeks for all other courses. In any event enrolments must be confirmed three weeks prior to course start date and without such confirmation, MLS reserves the right to cancel the enrolment. Delayed bookings beyond four weeks may be considered but typically involve re-enrolment and may require UKVI reporting.


MLS Data Protection Policy Summary

Personal Details
At the commencement of your enrolment you will have provided us with various personal details. You must notify MLS International Limited immediately of any change, eg name, address, telephone number, next of kin etc.

It is in your interest to notify us of any such changes.   MLS International Limited will not be responsible for any issues arising out of your failure to notify changes in your personal details.

Processing of Personal Data
Data Protection legislation regulates the way in which certain data about yourself, both in paper and electronic form, is held and used. The following will give you some useful information in terms of the type of data that   MLS International Limited keeps about you and the purposes for which this is kept.

Throughout study and for as long as is necessary after the termination of study, MLS International Limited will need to process data about you for purposes connected with your study, including for Immigration purposes, academic records purposes.  Processing includes the collection, storage, retrieval, alteration, disclosure or destruction of data.

The kind of data that MLS International Limited will process includes:

  • Any references obtained during enrolment
  • Details of study
  • Details of health and sickness absence records
  • Details of holiday records
  • Information about academic performance
  • Details of any disciplinary investigations and proceedings
  • Contact names and addresses
  • Correspondence with MLS International Limited and other information that you have given to MLS International Limited

MLS International Limited believes that those records used are consistent with the contractual relationship between MLS International Limited and yourself and with the data protection principles. The data that MLS International Limited holds will be for management and administrative use only but MLS International Limited may, from time to time, need to disclose some data it holds about you to relevant third parties (e.g. where legally obliged to do so by the Home Office or UK Visas & Immigration; HM Revenue & Customs or where requested to do so by yourself for the purpose of giving a reference).

In some cases MLS International Limited may hold sensitive data, as defined by the legislation, about you. For example, this could be information about health, racial or ethnic origin, criminal convictions, trade union membership or political or religious beliefs.  This information may be processed not only to meet MLS International Limited’s legal responsibilities but, for example, for purposes of student management and administration, suitability for study and to comply with equal opportunity legislation.  Since this information is considered sensitive, the processing of which may cause concern or distress, you will be asked to give express consent for this information to be processed, unless  MLS International Limited has a specific legal requirement to process such data.

You may, within a period of forty days of your written request or, where applicable, a period of forty days from the payment of the fee, inspect and/or have a copy, subject to the requirements of the legislation, of information in your own student file and/or other specified data and, if necessary, require corrections should such records be faulty. If you wish to do so you must make a written request to Admissions.  An administration fee of £10 may be required by MLS International Limited.

MLS International Limited is entitled to change the above provisions at any time at its discretion.


MLS Safeguarding Policy Summary

MLS operates a safeguarding policy for all students, and particularly for those under the age of 18 or those considered as vulnerable adults. Staff at MLS undergo Enhanced Police Checks (DBS) and we aim to maintain a rigorous safeguarding culture.  Students under the age of 18 will be required to have pre-authorisation for activities from their parents, and any absence from the college will be followed up urgently.

Please see below an extract from the full MLS Safeguarding Policy Statement, which is available on request:

At MLS our prime responsibility is the welfare and well-being of all the students in our care. It is the policy of this College to provide a secure and safe environment, enabling each person to experience a full and productive study experience with us.

All members of staff who come into contact with our students have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all and in particular regard to those under the age of 18 and adults who may be vulnerable.  All international students, for whom English is a second language, and who are living in an unfamiliar culture, may at times be exposed to situations where they are vulnerable.  We ensure that all our staff are familiar with and follow procedures for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of all of our students.  All staff have induction training which includes child protection policies and procedures.  Our staff are aware of possible signs and symptoms of people at risk and are provided with guidance on this.

Every member of staff should recognise that safeguarding students and staff against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding them against any other vulnerability in today’s society. This requirement to do so is detailed in the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. College staff and homestay providers are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for vulnerable students or colleagues, to prevent concerns from escalating.

At MLS we expect that all students, staff and other stakeholders respect the Core British values, including:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • respectful tolerance of different faiths or beliefs