Category Archives: Students

Challenging the Tier 4 Regime

At the recent meeting organised by Pupil’s Rights, and facilitated by JCWI, we were delighted to have been joined by barrister, Edward Nicholson from No. 5 Chambers. Whilst students spoke about the immigration and other problems they were encountering as a result of revocation of licences of their colleges, Edward spoke about his pending, and very interesting legal challenges on behalf of New London College – these have  implications for the lawfulness of the sponsorship regime. Continue reading

Students and the international education shambles

TASMAC's London campus closed with no refunds or assistance for its former students - the University continues to operater in India

Media coverage of ‘bogus’ colleges conflates the issue with ‘bogus’ students. The accepted establishment or mainstream media line is that, colleges are established purely to offer an immigration route to the UK and both parties (college and students) are obviously in on the plot from the start.

While these scams undoubtedly take place, the reality for many students is brutal and costly, with education being denied, and students being left vastly out of pocket. There are few, if any, articles in the mainstream media which recognise that students at closed international colleges are the victims of such events. Continue reading

Young bear brunt of migration policies

As the Coalition Government continues in its reckless pursuit of cutting immigration, young people are getting a disproportionately raw deal from the policy twists and turns emanating from the Home Office. In the past few weeks we have witnessed the collapse of the curb on young married couples obtaining visas to live in the UK, but that has been the only bright star in a dark and gloomy sky. Continue reading

‘Bogus’ Colleges: what about their Genuine Students?

450 colleges had their ‘trusted sponsor’ status revoked in the past year. This affects around 11,000 overseas students. Much is being said in the media about the immigration abuses of student visas, but the coverage forgets the real victims of this headline figure – the students. Continue reading

Trouble ahead for UK business schools: the demise of the post study work visa

The prestigious London Business School: will it soon be feeling the pressure?

Guest post from Dina Giannikopoulou. Dina is a researcher with the  Association of MBAs.

Business education has been significantly impacted as a result of the Student Immigration Consultation, with many business schools already reporting declining numbers of applications and enrolments compared with this time last year.

When the Association of MBAs—the worldwide accreditation body for postgraduate business degrees—first contacted its 47 accredited UK member schools in late 2010 to gauge reactions to the consultation, we were overwhelmed by the volume and degree of concern expressed across the board. Almost 90% signed our open letter to the press and Parliament arguing that, if implemented, the government’s plans would have a serious impact on the competitiveness, finances and reputation of UK business schools and the wider economy. Continue reading

Home Secretary announces student visa restrictions

University Vice Chancellors, campaigners, politicians and economists have all pointed to the adverse effects on the UK’s economy that restrictions on overseas students would have. Professor Eric Thomas, VC of Bristol University has spoken out against the curbs saying the overseas students provide an important income stream for his university.

The Home Secretary today mainly targetted further education, and private colleges in her restrictions on student visas.

In her announcement today, Theresa May revealed that: Continue reading

Home Affairs Committee reports on Student Visas

Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Committee

Today the Home Affairs Committe report on Student Visas is published. Here is a quick briefing on it’s main points. we will link to the report itself once it is freely available online.

From the cross-party consensus “broadly supportive of the Governments’ policy of reducing immigration”[1], the Home Affairs Committee today calls for restraint in the more severe restrictions lined up for overseas students. Continue reading

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