South Essex College throws lifeline to overseas students

RESPONDING to reports that 2700 London Metropolitan University students could face deportation, South Essex College has offered a potential lifeline with an offer of help. The problem comes after London Met had their ability to sponsor students withdrawn by the Border Agency.

Non-EU students wishing to study in the UK need to be sponsored by colleges and universities before being allowed to enrol on UK based courses. The recent Border Agencies ban on the universities ability to sponsor students could mean up to 2000 overseas students could be left without a course. In a call to the Vice Chancellor’s office at London Met South Essex College offered to sponsor students and assist wherever possible.

South Essex College Principal, Angela O’Donoghue, said: “The affected students must be devastated with this news so close to the start of the new term. We have offered to help wherever possible.”

She continued: “The facilities at our Southend Campus are excellent and we have a good track record of not only providing small classes, quality teaching and superb student accommodation; we also offer something that is very important to overseas students, a friendly environment and people that really care.

“Added to this we are just a short train journey from London; plus we can offer all the benefits of the Essex countryside and wealth of culture throughout the county.”