Foreign student license of Glasgow Caledonian University reinstated

The license of GCU (Glasgow Caledonian University) had been suspended last month by the UKBA (UK Border Agency) after it got suspicious of the abuse of the UK student visa system by the university.

University allowed to sponsor foreign students—As a result, the university will be able to sponsor international students to come and study here.

The cause of the temporary suspension of the international student license of the GCU was due to alleged concerns that a large number of foreign students especially from the Philippines, who along with their nursing study courses in this university, were also working in the UK full-time.

Foreign students studying in the UK are allowed to undertake employment in the nation for a maximum period of not more than 20 hours a week. The UK Home Office had provided a period of 28 days to the university for providing explanations to the UKBA or face revocation of its international license. However, after the reinstatement of the UK Tier 4(Highly Trusted Sponsor) visa status, the GCU will now once again be in a position to offer sponsorship to foreigners for studying in this university.

GCU thankful to its staff and students—While expressing its happiness over the reinstatement of its international license, Vice-chancellor and principal of the GCU, Professor Pamela Gillies also thanked all the students, partners, friends and its staff for extending whole-hearted help and support to the university during the last one month. She added that the period of last one month or so had been really challenging for the university and the university officials had been working constructively to address concerns with the UKBA.

UKBA praises GCU--The border agency has been all praises for the initiatives of the GCU with regard to the matter of alleged abuse of the UK student visa system. Ms. Gillies said that the university is ready to help others so that such a scenario might not get repeated in the future. Professor Gillies said that the international reputation of the university is of prime importance since nearly 10 percent of its total 17,000 students are foreigners.