London Metropolitan University (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2333
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you agree with the actions taken by the UK Border Agency to revoke the university's Highly Trusted Status?

Answer

Answer for London Metropolitan University (1)

Answer for London Metropolitan University (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree that it is necessary to have a robust inspection and assurance process in place regarding the licensing of educational establishments to sponsor non-EEA students. I am unable to comment on the specific decision of UKBA regarding the London Metropolitan University as this is subjudice.

My primary concern is for the genuine students affected. I am satisfied that the Taskforce established by the Minister is doing an excellent job, led by Sir Alan Langlands, to support London Metropolitan University to find suitable alternative courses with other higher education providers for legitimate and appropriately qualified students, so that they can continue their studies in the UK.

London's universities are among the best in the world and I will continue to champion the sector.