Glyndwr Uni has license reinstated

25, November, 2014

The UK Home Office has restored Glyndwr University to Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) status, following a five-month suspension during which invalid Toeic test certificates held by international students at the institution were investigated.

Glyndwr University was the only publicly funded university to be suspended in June after a Home Office investigation into a BBC Panorama documentary programme that exposed Toeic fraud at two UK test centres. Glyndwr was reported to have had more than 230 non-EU students with invalid Toeic test certificates. At the same time, 57 private colleges were also suspended and two other universities were asked to temporarily halt recruitment pending further investigation.

Following the Home Office reinstatement this week, the main Wrexham campus of Glyndwr University can recommence recruitment of non-EU students on a limited basis, due to be reviewed in January.

However, the university will need to initiate a number of changes at its London campus, where the majority of the student holding invalid test scores were enrolled, before recruitment can recommence. Glyndwr has committed to moving away from the present Elephant & Castle location by July 2015.

Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Glyndwr University, said, “We are pleased that the UKVI [UK Visas & Immigration] has now lifted the suspension of the university for the sponsoring of international students. The university is fully committed to continuing its support for a more robust student visa system and in that regard is undertaking a number of changes to its London campus during the coming months, including a locational move.”

He added, “The university will continue to work closely with the UKVI, which shared its concerns for students legitimately studying at Glyndwr University, in accordance with legal regulations. The students are the university’s primary concern, and the majority are hard-working and dedicated. They have not infringed immigration or university rules and should not suffer because of the misdeeds of a few.”

A Home Office Spokesperson said, “We continue to work closely with Glyndwr University in order to improve their standards for recruiting international students.”

Following the initial investigation, more private colleges were suspended by UKVI. At the time of writing, the most recent update on the Home Office website states that 61 colleges have had their HTS licenses fully revoked or voluntarily surrendered, and a further 20 colleges remain suspended.

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