University Of Bedfordshire Tier 4 Licence
UK Visas and Immigration has engaged the University of Bedfordshire as a Highly Trusted Sponsor to take our perspective on concerns arising from allegations of systematic cheating at UK test centres run by ETS Global Ltd which, until April, was licensed by the Home Office to conduct English language tests for immigration purposes.
They also raised questions about the numbers of students who had taken a test at centres run by ETS Global Ltd, who subsequently came to study at the University.
To this end, we have audited all current students who have progressed to us from ETS for attendance, location of residence, academic progression, and English Language capability, as well as undertaking other tests for reassurance as to the credibility of these students.
The audit enabled us to reassure UKVI last Friday that our on-going monitoring and targeted review did not provide evidence of any organised attack on the University’s Tier 4 compliance and recruitment.
The University’s licence to recruit has not been suspended. Our issuing of ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies’ letters is currently paused, pending a full audit which we had been expecting and which will take place shortly. We are confident that we will demonstrate, through that process, the robustness of our procedures.
We are not one in the group of universities with London sub-campuses that are to be subject to Quality Assurance Agency investigation and examination, which may lead to further action against those universities.
We continue to co-operate with UKVI as we have a shared desire to counter any criminal attack on the immigration system.
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University of Bedfordshire main campuses
Putteridge Bury campus
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Buckinghamshire HP21 8PD
Milton Keynes campus
502 Avebury Boulevard
Alexander Sports Centre