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London Met students win legal reprieve

Issue No. 2321

Up to 3,000 international students at risk of deportation could be allowed to continue their studies at London Metropolitan University, a court has ruled.

A UK Border Agency (UKBA) decision last month revoked London Met’s licence to teach students from outside the European Union.

Yet a High Court judge ruled today, Friday, that the university can seek a judicial review into the decision.

Mr Justice Irwin’s decision also gives a reprieve to existing students and those due to start this year. Courses begin on Monday.

Those who are already here and have full immigration status can remain at London Met, pending a resolution of the issue.

“This is a good result,” said Mark Campbell, chair of the UCU lecturers’ union branch at London Met. “The judge has effectively given a full amnesty to all existing students to continue their studies at London Met.”

UKBA had based its decision on a sample of just 101 students. It claimed more than a quarter didn’t have permission to be in Britain.


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Fri 21 Sep 2012, 15:07 BST
Issue No. 2321
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