Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Damaged Seal of Approval: Border Raid on Watchdog-Approved College Raises Questions for BIS

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Damaged Seal of Approval: Border Raid on Watchdog-Approved College Raises Questions for BIS

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The government proposes that private providers be granted public- backed funding for students if they have passed educational oversight inspections by the Quality Assurance Agency - the check for private colleges wanting to admit international students.

However, last week Leeds Professional College, a private institution, was raided by the UK Border Agency despite passing the educational oversight test in May.

Educational oversight was designed as part of the UKBA's crackdown on bogus colleges and is a requirement for colleges seeking Highly Trusted Sponsor status.

So far this year, the QAA has published 140 educational oversight reports on private colleges. Of those, 131 providers met the watchdog's requirements, four failed and a further five were advised to make improvements.

In its consultation on applying student number controls to private bodies, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills proposes a new process for the designation of the providers' courses - the process that gives students on those courses permission to access funds from the Student Loans Company. …

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