HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.
The HEFCE domain - www.hefce.ac.uk - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.
The agreement covers the following students:
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) will be writing to all students in the UK who have an outstanding in-country application to study at London Metropolitan University to ask them to confirm their plans for the future.
Students who confirm that they wish to continue their studies at London Metropolitan University will be able to do so until the end of the academic year 2012-13 or the end of their course (whichever is the sooner), subject to the conditions agreed between the university and the UKBA.
Students wishing to transfer to another institution will be considered under the concessions announced by the UKBA following the revocation, and their new Tier 4 applications prioritised.
Those students who decide to leave the UK will have their leave curtailed to 31 January 2013, to give them time to make arrangements to leave.
The UKBA will, on a case-by-case basis, allow former London Metropolitan University students to switch from a Tier 4 to a Tier 2 visa.
The UKBA is updating the information and FAQs available for students on its web-site to reflect the agreement (note 5).
The clearing house for students seeking to transfer to another institution will continue to operate until Friday 12 October 2012 (note 6). Students who still wish to use it to transfer to another institution are strongly encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Students are also asked to note that the last date for enrolment or re-enrolment at London Metropolitan University for academic year 2012-13 is Monday 15 October 2012.
The £2 million Task Force Student Support Fund established by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills began accepting applications on Monday. The fund will cover the costs of visa reapplications, extra tuition fees, and other reasonable additional costs (note 7). The guiding principle is that no legitimate student affected by the revocation should be out of pocket.
Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE and chair of the task force, said:
‘The agreement reached by London Metropolitan University and the UKBA is excellent news for students affected by the revocation.
‘There are many lessons to be learned from this experience, and we should also not forget the distress caused to legitimate students who have found themselves in an extremely difficult situation.
'I hope that the decision will enable students to put the stress and uncertainty of the past weeks behind them.’