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Glyndŵr University Highly Trusted Sponsor status reinstated

Glyndŵr University welcomes the Home Office’s decision to reinstate its Highly Trusted Sponsor status.

This decision will allow the University to resume the sponsorship of international students.

However, the University has committed to relinquishing the lease on its Elephant and Castle campus in London and will move to new premises by July 2015. The lease break will be enacted this December.

Glyndŵr University will only recruit sponsored students to its Wrexham campus in the first instance and plans to further develop its activities in London and its security controls before applying for recommencement of international recruitment for London-based delivery in the future.

It will continue to review compliance procedures and implement processes to ensure strict controls over continuing students.

The original suspension of the University’s licence was made as a result of investigations into widespread national abuse of an English Language testing regime, called TOEIC.

The decision follows a period of close cooperation between the University, the Wales Office and the UKVI to identify any students involved, or any other matter of concern, and take the necessary actions.

Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Glyndŵr University, said: “We are pleased that the UKVI 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.

“The University will continue to work closely with the UKVI, which shared its concerns for students legitimately studying at Glyndŵr 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 regulations and should not suffer because of the misdeeds of a few.”

Professor Scott added: “The lifting of the suspension and the new structure we have put in place this year point to a very positive future for Glyndŵr University.”

The University would like to thank Universities UK London and the Guild HE for their proactive support during this matter, as well as Ian Lucas, MP for Wrexham, Baroness Jenny Randerson, Lesley Griffiths, AM for Wrexham, Alun Cairns, Minister for Immigration at the Wales Office, the Wales Office and the Department of Education and Skills at the Welsh Government.

It also gratefully acknowledges the professionalism of the UKVI and thanks the organisation for working alongside Glyndŵr University to highlight and tackle the issues raised, and helping to reinforce its commitment to the provision of higher education in London.