London Met regains international student licence

London Metropolitan University has regained its licence to sponsor international students after having it revoked last August.

New students will again be able to study at the institution via Tier 4 visas and will be entitled to the same work rights as other international students following their graduation.

The university applied for a new licence last month and the Home Office has ensured that London Met now has the sufficient monitoring and recruitment procedures for its international intake.

Vice-chancellor professor Malcolm Gillies said: “London Met has a long history of providing education to international students and we can now continue this long-term commitment to offer them quality education. Students can have total confidence that our processes are stronger than ever. I take this opportunity to thank all staff and students and, in particular, international students for their patience and support over the last nine months.”  

Adnan Pavel, vice-president of the students’ union and student governor, posted on the London Met’s SU Facebook page: “London Metropolitan University will get it’s licence back later on today to sponsor international students outside of EU. Great news for all.”

Following the revocation of London Met’s licence last August, over half of the university’s international students who were eligible to stay there chose to leave. Over 55 per cent – or 759 of 1,385 students – chose to leave the university to pursue study elsewhere or abandon higher education altogether.

When London Met’s status was originally revoked in August, thousands of students’ course places were at risk.The university was then allowed to carry on teaching affected students until they graduated or until the end of the academic year in summer 2013 and about 1,000 students have since graduated, leaving 1,385 to make their choice.

The university has stated that it will launch a four-month promotional tour across 17 countries to recruit international students.

It continues with its judicial review in the High Court over the revocation of its licence by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). Mr Justice Irwin granted the university permission to launch judicial review proceedings in September 2012.

A London Met spokesperson said: “The way the UKBA acted meant that we’ve suffered a lot of damage, financially and reputation wise.”

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