Friday, 14th September 2012
Gib students not affected by London Met dispute
It emerged earlier this month that the London Metropolitan University has had its visa licence revoked, which means it is banned from teaching and recruiting overseas students who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK
This is not an issue for Gibraltarian students as they do not require a visa to study in the UK.
Minister for Justice Gilbert Licudi advised: “there are currently eight students on Government scholarships at London Metropolitan University. There is no indication that these students will not be able to resume their studies at the University this coming term. Government of Gibraltar is nevertheless monitoring the position and will provide all assistance and support that these students may need.”
The university filed a judicial review petition at the high courts this week and the case has been listed for an oral hearing of an application for interim relief at London’s High Court on September 21.
In the meantime it has been reported in the Guardian newspaper that the UK Government has created a two million pound fund for the students affected.
According to the Times newspaper the University has warned that its future is at risk, as the loss of the licence will leave a £30m hole in their finances.