Becomes first varsity in UK to have licence placed under suspension
28th April 2011: Amidst allegations of nursing students being found working almost full-time, Glasgow Caledonian University has become the first varsity in the UK to have its overseas student visa licence placed under suspension.
The varsity now has 28 days to prove to the officials concerned it is in sync with the regulations. In case, the varsity fails to satisfy the powers that be, it could find its licence revoked. The impact of such an action would eventually cost it millions in international fees.
The development is significant as this is the first time such action has been taken against a UK university, even though the licences of a number of colleges across the country have been placed under suspension earlier also.
The varsity takes prides in its welcoming approach to international students; and it currently has about 1700 students undertaking a wide range of courses at the university. Estimates suggest one in 10 of the overall student population is an international student.
The action came soon after UK Border Agency inspectors conducted a routine the institute’s inspection the previous week.
Responding to the developments, a spokesman claimed the decision was “disproportionate”. But, the varsity would work with the authorities concerned towards resolution of the dispute. They were working with the agency to fully understand the issues and implement any changes needed as a result.
The varsity operates at the highest standards and their reputation is hard earned and well-known, the spokesperson said.
The UKBA is understood to have expressed concerns about the amount of work approximately 150 international students — all from outside the EU — on the university’s BSC Nursing (Professional Development) were undertaking.
As per the immigration rules, the students while studying are permitted to work for a maximum of 20 hours a week.
UKBA regional director Phil Taylor said the agency makes regular checks on sponsors, and where they find evidence that the institutes are not fulfilling their duties, they may suspend the licence.