4 thoughts on “Immigration crackdown will damage UK universities”

  1. Posted 04/09/2012 at 12:16 | Permalink

    The Public Account Committee suggests taht the UKBA is not blameless in all this:

    ” Constant changes have resulted in overly complex rules and guidance. The customer support provided by the Agency has not been good enough. Due in part to poor implementation, the Agency has had to make successive changes to address weaknesses in Tier 4 controls and administrative processes. Little regard has been given to the regulatory burden and costs of constant change and unnecessary complexity on the education institution. The timings of changes have not worked well with the academic cycle and although the Agency has consulted the sector it has not acted on their responses. The Agency’s customer helplines are unhelpful and the named contact points promised for highly trusted sponsors are no longer available”.

  2. Posted 04/09/2012 at 12:36 | Permalink

    Whatever happened to Willett’s ideology of introducing a free market into HE? So far he’s retained price maintenance and the cap on production, and this is nothing but a trade embargo, but bizarrely one on exports.

    On moral grounds it seems a bit odd that 2,600 people – of which, according to the UKBA’s own figures, between 45% to 75% are not guilty, nor even accused, of any crime whatsoever – are threatened with deportation.

  3. Posted 05/09/2012 at 16:15 | Permalink

    About 2600 non eu student at London Met could be forced to leave the UK if they cannot find a new sponsor within 60 days after the UK border agency revoked the university ‘licence to sponsor student visa.Sadly,these students would join new institutions or possible might get into the country. I feel one of them!! Did the UKBA think them before make decision?

  4. Posted 06/09/2012 at 13:39 | Permalink

    Higher Education can and should function as an “export industry” bringing international students to the UK, educating them well, benefiting from the resulting pro-UK sentiments when those students return home and of course using the income generated to strengthen UK education provision. But that requires ‘joined up government” and not the mess we have here. I have heard that the LondonMet visa situation is big news in India, and the expectation is that many potential students will choose other Anglophone countries for their studies rather than coming to the UK.

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