13/03/2015 12:15 GMT | Updated 13/03/2015 12:59 GMT

Bucks New University Banned From Taking On International Students

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Buckinghamshire New University has been barred from accepting foreign students after it exceeded the government's accepted visa refusal rate by 1.16%, or three students.

The institution's Tier 4 licence has been suspended, meaning it will not be allowed to sponsor the visas of any new students.

Current staff and students are unaffected by the change, but if they do not successfully appeal the decision within 20 days they will be unable to accept any new candidates for the time being.

This will be a test for the university's new vice chancellor, Professor Rebecca Bunting, who took up the position in February.

"We are continually working, as are all other UK universities, to improve our systems and processes in order to meet a challenging set of sponsorship rules," she said.

Students who have a visa but have not yet travelled to the UK are strongly advised not to travel until the suspension has been lifted, the Home Office warned.

"All institutions holding a Tier 4 sponsor licence must pass an annual assessment in order to retain the ability to recruit international students," a Home Office spokesperson said. "Bucks New University failed to pass this assessment so we have suspended its licence."

The University of Bedfordshire and the University of West London were also banned from recruiting new students in June last year, but have since been allowed to resume.


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