London Metropolitan University ban lifted

The Home Office has now overturned the previously imposed ban on London Metropolitan University, which stripped them of their right to sponsor and admit students from outside the European Union.

In August 2012, the university became the first in the UK to be restricted in this way, after an investigation revealed that more than 25% of students sampled were not allowed to be in the country, while others did not have the necessary English skills.

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said: “We have worked closely with university staff to ensure that London Met standards were improved. As a result the university now meets the required standards and we are able to grant a licence.”

Harper said the university will be on probation for a period of 12 months, “in order to build a track record of compliance with the rules for sponsoring students to study in the UK”.

During this time, only 1000 international students may be offered places at the university.

Malcolm Gillies, Vice-Chancellor at the London Metropolitan University described the announcement as “excellent news for our students and our university”.

But all is not forgiven. After the license was revoked in 2012, the university pursued legal action in a bid to overturn the ban. They will be continuing with this action in the High Court and the case is due to be heard before the end of the year.