Graduation guests sat in the awards ceremony whilst the Vice-Chancellor gives a speech



Please note that the information below is regarding February 2024 graduation. 

If you are an overseas student and require a visa to enter the UK, or if you intend to invite guests from overseas who will need a visa to enter the UK, you will first need to ensure that you have registered your attendance and booked tickets for your guest(s). Once you have booked tickets, please download a visa support letter request form. You will need to fully and accurately complete the form and email it to

Please note we cannot process the visa letter request form unless you have completed your online registration and paid for your guest tickets and fully completed the visa support letter request form. 

We will complete visa requests for eligible students. This means the student has either successfully completed and been awarded, or is currently due to complete and be awarded, at an upcoming exam board in time for the graduation ceremony. 

Once your visa request has been completed, you will be emailed a letter on University headed paper, addressed to the relevant British High Commission or Embassy (based on the details provided by the graduating student so please ensure they are accurate). If the visa letter request form relates to your guests, you will need to please pass it on to them as we cannot send it directly to them. Please be aware that the names of individual guests will not be included on the supporting letter we provide. 

We aim to send the letter out within 10 working days of the form being received but please note this may be delayed during our busier periods.

Please allow plenty of time for your visa request to be dealt with by the High Commission or British Embassy as in some cases it can take several weeks to process a visa application. We recommend you request this letter as soon as possible but please note we cannot guarantee the turnaround time of the High Commission or British Embassy. The University is not responsible for ensuring that your visas are sorted out in time for you and your guests to attend your graduation ceremony as this responsibility is with the graduating student.