London Met students protest outside Home Office

Staff and students from London Metropolitan University held a protest in Westminster today (Wednesday) over the UK Border Agency’s decision to remove its licence to teach international students.

The decision has left more than 2,000 students facing the prospect of being deported, and many of the students likely to be affected protested outside the Home Office this afternoon.

The protest, which passed peacefukly with no arrests, followed confirmation by the university that it will pursue legal action against the decision.

The UK Border Agency maintains that its conclusion was the result of “serious and systematic failings” in the process by which the university determined whether studetns have the right to remain in the UK.

The university’s vice chancellor, Professor Malcolm Gillies, said on Tuesday: “London Met will fight this revocation, which is based on a highly flawed report by the UKBA. The University will continue to give top priority to the interests of our international students who have been so distressed by this precipitate action.”