Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

St Patrick's Can Recruit Again, Just Not Overseas

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

St Patrick's Can Recruit Again, Just Not Overseas

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The government has given the green light for St Patrick's, the UK's biggest private college, to continue receiving public-backed funding, lifting its previous suspension and allowing it to recruit new students.

However, in a separate development, the Home Office has said that the college's licence to sponsor overseas students has been revoked.

In 2013-14, St Patrick's received more public fee funding via the Student Loans Company than any other private college. Nearly 7,000 students claimed SLC fee loans to take the college's sub-degree Higher National courses, awarded by Pearson.

Martin Donnelly, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills permanent secretary, told the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee on 16 March that SLC fee payments to St Patrick's had been suspended, pending the completion of a BIS investigation at the college.

"We do have a number of concerns about St Patrick's which have been investigated," said Mr Donnelly.

The BIS investigation has been completed but has not been published. …

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