Three of the 15 institutions initially chosen as potential destinations for London Metropolitan University’s overseas students are commercial operators, it has emerged, after a £2 million fund was announced by the government to help students transfer.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England said London Met has chosen the 15 institutions to be part of a mini-clearing system, which starts on 17 September, to find places for its 2,600 non-EU students.
Hefce is leading the taskforce set up to find new institutions for the students, who are unable to continue their studies at London Met after the UK Border Agency decided to revoke the university’s licence to sponsor overseas students.
London Met’s first High Court hearing in its legal challenge to the UKBA’s decision is not until 21 September. That hearing could result in an order enabling London Met to continue to teach its international students, giving it time to pursue its judicial review of the UKBA’s decision.