Students on Glyndwr-LSBF course to undergo immigration checks

‘Future teaching’ to take place at Welsh university’s London campus

February 7, 2014

Students on a university accountancy course that were being taught by a private college are to study on the institution’s own campus and screened to check that they are compliant with immigration requirements.

The 323 international students, who are taking two- to three-year accountancy programmes, are sponsored for immigration purposes by Glyndwr University but have been taught in the capital by the private London School of Business and Finance (LSBF).

A spokesman for Glyndwr said the university was “going through a process of ensuring sponsored students are complying with their Tier 4 sponsor requirements. Those who are non-compliant are expected to have their sponsorship withdrawn.”

“Students at the start of their course signed up to specific attendance requirements. Where the same students have been found not to have met these requirements action has been taken up to and including withdrawal of sponsorship,” he said.

“All students have been written to as part of this process, to inform them that future teaching will be undertaken at GUL [Glyndwr University London campus],” he added.

But he stressed that the university “routinely carries out regular compliance checks throughout the year”.

He said that the checking process was “on-going” so it would be “premature and inaccurate” to comment on how many of the students would have their sponsorship withdrawn.

The spokesman did not say whether students who had their sponsorship withdrawn would have their fees refunded.

Last year it emerged that Glyndwr had suspended the partnership with LSBF in May 2013, and stopped taking on any more students on to the course – although the students who had already signed up were enrolled. 

LSBF collects the students’ tuition fees and provides teaching staff, although Glyndwr said that its lecturers were approved by the head of its business school.

As the students were sponsored by a university, they were allowed to work while studying, a right denied to private college students.

Last May, an LSBF spokesman said that this arrangement was to ensure the students were able to fulfil the “practical experience requirements” of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants course.

Also at the time, the Home Office said it was looking in to the partnership, although there was no suggestion any rules had been broken.

On the latest developments, LSBF did not provide an on the record comment to Times Higher Education’s enquiries. 

david.matthews@tsleducation.com

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Reader's comments (4)

Hi there, Whilst I appreciate The times effort to write this post but many facts about the truth has been manipulated by the University. The students were compelled to study at LSBF building with all the testimonials relating LSBF which create a lot confusion at different sectors such as : LSBF student ID instead of glyndwr , all the official letters were from LSBF campus not from glyndwr. Glyndwr had completely outcast all the students and they were forced to pay all three years tutitions fees within 6- months narrow window and their attendance were unmarked if they failed to pay the remaining fees and now they have to go through all these checks? The terms and conditions provided by the university never told about paying all the outstanding fees within 6 months time which is in my sense is wrong and glyndwr was silent when informed. where was Glyndwr University a year ago when all the students including me were studying at LSBF under their rules? There is and was no communication between both the colleges so all the informations passed on to glyndwr from lsbf is not viable. we're a group of 60-80 students facing the sponsorship issue because of their neglegance. we would request The times to talk with any of the victims from this case and publish the true facts about the university unlike some writings what the university has to say.The grounds made for the cancellation of sponsorship is false. Two requirements were asked :1. 80% attendance and 2. three papers registration per terms. we all have finished 5 papers and now the university is asking about registration . This clearly proves the information they have is untrue. I am sorry for the long story but this is the fact. Regards Ram
I rarely write comments on any of the artical. But i could not stop writing here as i felt compelled to make sure the fact points comes out. I would like to thanks the writer for your time affort to write this artical. And indeed appreciate your time. However, if the writer have tried to bring the voice of those students as well i am sure the artical could have been far better. I am sorry for this kind of comments but the fact is hidden somewhere. Whilst i am also the one of the student who has been studying CIMA with glyndwr sponsership. I always had issue about the tution fee as non of my previous college asked whole three years fee within 6 months narrow window as Ram mentioned in earlier comments. I do totally agree with Ram's point that we have been victimise because of miss communication in between london school business and management and Glyndwr. Whenever the question of liquidation of the institute arrised the staff were answerles. They seems to take money only. Anyway hope the writer will come with the true fact again Thanks Suman
As for me, I suggest that LSBF should be closed down and their students be transfered to BPP University. We are in serious educational bondage and may end up graduating (ACCA) without quality experience to prove for it.
With regard to Mr Suman Bisural’s reference to the private college being the London School of Business Management, it should be pointed out that the private college concerned is the London School of Business and Finance. There are other private colleges in London with similar names, but these colleges are not connected directly or indirectly.

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