Search

London Metropolitan University in court over visa decision

09:45 21 September 2012

Students at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning as London Met took action against a decision by the UKBA to revoke its Highly Trusted Status.

Students at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning as London Met took action against a decision by the UKBA to revoke its Highly Trusted Status.

Archant

London Metropolitan University is to today launch a legal challenge against the government’s decision to revoke its licence to sponsor overseas students.

Its application for interim relief will be heard by Mr Justice Irwin at the High Court.

Students of the university gathered outside the court this morning in a show of support, with many carrying banners.

The university’s highly trusted status (HTS) for sponsoring international students was suspended while the UK Border Agency (UKBA) examined alleged failings.

The UKBA found that out of 101 sample cases, 26 students were studying between last December and May even though they had no leave to remain in the UK.

A lack of required monitoring meant there was no proof that students were turning up to lectures in 142 of 250 (57%) sampled records.

And 20 of 50 files checked since May for evidence of mandatory English language testing and academic qualifications showed poor assessment, where documents were either not verified or not held.

More than 2,000 students left in limbo will get three months to find an alternative course, officials have said.

Genuine students have 60 days to make a new application or to arrange to leave the UK, but the countdown starts when UKBA writes to them and no letters will be sent out until October 1.

Professor Malcolm Gillies, the university’s vice chancellor, has described the claims as “not particularly cogent”.

“I would go so far as to say that UKBA has been rewriting its own guidelines on this issue and this is something which should cause concern to all universities in the UK,” he said.

0 comments

Latest Islington News Stories

A Barnsbury woman who made bullets in munitions factories during the war celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday.

14:29

Trailblazing students from Islington descended on the Emirates Stadium to get grips with the latest in computer science.

14:16

Roman Way Industrial Estate is one place where ‘dry January’ is not welcome – it’s home to Islington’s only brewery. Hammerton has only been going for three years, but the Gazette finds it already has international reach.

09:48

Islington Council has made yet another data gaffe – by leaking personal information of 559 ex-employees to its own former leader.

Hackney’s top police chief has praised his officers for their bravery after they had a gun pointed at them last night in Manor House.

Yesterday, 15:30

Homeless people who had set up bedrooms under the Finsbury Park bridge in Stroud Green Road have been moved on by Islington Council.

Yesterday, 14:12

A very different kind of matchday programme is doing the rounds at Emirates Stadium games this season. The Arsenal History Programme focuses on forgotten facts, and the Gazette speaks to its mastermind, Paul Matz.

Yesterday, 10:19

Every week, we take to the streets to find a start-up business right here in Islington. This week, we found a takeaway focusing on “clean eating”.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now