Universities harassed by ‘anti-terror’ policies

What is most sickening about the fraudulent recruitment of students at the public cost by so-known as “private larger education providers” (1000’s of ‘fake’ college students at new schools, 2 December) is that they do not appear to be topic to the draconian safety monitoring and anti-pupil visa restrictions imposed on the UK’s mainstream universities. At the University of Sussex’s Institute of Advancement Research, for instance, one particular of Britain’s prime worldwide universities, we have had to stop recruiting senior Indian civil servants for our MA programme due to the fact they got fed up with continual visa issues and being taken care of like criminals attempting to get into some backstreet bogus language school. One of my PhD students from Ghana, who had spent four years studying total-time in the Uk, on a Commonwealth scholarship, was final yr refused a visa to come back for his very own graduation.

Universities are a single of Britain’s leading export earners, but they are being undermined and harassed by the excessive “anti-terror” monitoring demands and by routine refusal to grant visas, in the identify of an immigration management policy that is clearly driven by populist anti-foreigner hysteria and now the rise of Ukip. Nevertheless the personal, obviously fraudulent, colleges carry on to evade these controls – and get public subsidy into the bargain.

Richard Crook

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