Published On: Sat, Sep 1st, 2012

London Metropolitan University students face deportation

London Metropolitan University was this week stripped of its licence to sponsor non-EU students by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

This leaves the future of at least 2,o00 students’ education in jeopardy as they face potential deportation.

The Border Agency assessed the university using several tests including how they monitor their international students’ attendance and English language certificates.

Student leaders have expressed concern at the move, with NUS President Liam Burns saying:

“It is disgusting that international students continue to be used as a political football by politicians who seem either incapable of understanding, or are simply uncaring about the impact of their decisions on individuals, universities and the UK economy

“This heavy-handed decision makes no sense for students, no sense for institutions and no sense for the country.

“This situation and the botched process by which the decision was arrived at could be avoided if international students were not included in statistics of permanent migrants.”

Students from the university protested at 10 Downing Street earlier this week and London Metropolitan are expected to launch some form of appeal.

Professor Malcolm Gillies, the university’s vice chancellor, claimed “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.”


About the Author

- Millie is in her fourth year at UoL, studying an MA in Politics and the Mass Media. During her time here she has been involved with English Society, Debating Society, Student Council and LSMedia, where she was a News Editor for 18 months before taking the role of Editor-in-Chief. She is a lover of all things political, has written for a local newspaper and runs three blogs. Originally from Gloucestershire, she is happiest in her wellies, but loves Liverpool for its live music, art and cocktails. Her weaknesses are old Penguin books, cameras and a good cup of tea.