London Metropolitan University has set up a hotline offering help and support for thousands of worried international students following reports that it is about to lose its right to provide courses to people from outside the EU.
The university has been unable to accept any fees from present or potential students since the UK Border Agency (Ukba) suspended its highly trusted sponsor status in July, leaving current students uncertain whether they can complete courses and potential ones uncertain if they can take up offers.
Ministers have denied claims made in the Sunday Times that Theresa May, the home secretary, had already decided to end the university’s power to sponsor visas. But the university says there is a “growing £10m hole” in its balance sheet because of investigations by the agency. A final decision on the university’s future is expected this week.