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London Metropolitan University's licence revoked

David Willetts announces new taskforce to help students following the University's licence to sponsor overseas students was withdrawn.

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30 Aug 2012

On 29 August 2012, the Tier 4 sponsor licence of London Metropolitan University (London Met) was revoked due to non-compliance with its sponsorship duties.

This decision was made following a period of suspension and audits of the University’s student records by UKBA which identified a number of serious breaches of their sponsor duties.

London Met students with a current valid visa do not immediately face a change in their migrant status. They will receive direct information from the UK Border Agency to inform them of changes to their status.

BIS are convening a task force to be lead by HEFCE, which will include UUK, UKBA and the NUS, to work with London Met to support affected students and enable genuine students to find another institution at which they can continue their studies in the UK. The task force will start work immediately to protect the interests of these students.

The Government recognises the important contribution that international students make to the UK, and is committed to keeping our education system one of the best in the world.

We welcome all genuine and legitimate students, and there is no cap on the number of international students who can be accepted to study in the UK. We fully appreciate the economic benefits and wider enrichment these students bring to the UK. We want to encourage students to come and study at our world-class academic institutions.

Universities Minister David Willetts announced the formation of a task force to help overseas students affected by the decision:

“It is important that genuine students who are affected through no fault of their own are offered prompt advice and help, including, if necessary, with finding other institutions at which to finish their studies.

“We have asked HEFCE to lead a task force, which will include UUK, UKBA and the NUS, to work with London Metropolitan University to support affected students and enable them to continue their studies in the UK. The task force will start work immediately.”

He said that the decision affected only London Metropolitan University which had had its licence to sponsor non-EU students revoked. Britain remains a top class destination for international students, and welcomes them.

We recognise that there are concerns for legitimate overseas students who will be affected and London Metropolitan University has set up a Help Centre to support and advise students.

The number is +44 (0) 20 7133 4141

Published 30 August 2012