Magazine article Times Higher Education

University Suspends Visa Sponsorship Programme: News

Magazine article Times Higher Education

University Suspends Visa Sponsorship Programme: News

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A partnership helping students to work in the UK has been cut short. David Matthews writes.

A university has suspended entry to a programme in which it sponsored overseas students so they could work in the UK while a private college provided teaching and collected tuition fees.

It is understood that the Home Office has been looking into the partnership between Glyndwr University and the London School of Business and Finance, although there is no suggestion that any rules have been broken.

The breakdown of the arrangement follows the end of a similar partnership that the LSBF had last year with London Metropolitan University.

In the LSBF-Glyndwr link, 312 students are currently on jointly offered two- to three-year-long accountancy courses - but the door was shut to any more at the end of May.

They are registered as Glyndwr students, taught at the university's London campus, and are sponsored for immigration purposes by Glyndwr in order to give them the right to work in the UK, something denied to private college students.

Glyndwr, rather than the LSBF, was chosen to sponsor students "to support students' ability to fulfil practical experience requirements on their course", according to an LSBF spokesman.

To complete the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants courses, students need a minimum of three years' "relevant work-based practical experience", according to the institute's website. The LSBF provides teaching staff and receives the students' tuition fees, although Glyndwr stressed that all lecturers were approved by the head of its business school. …

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