London Metropolitan University was this week stripped of its licence to sponsor non-EU students by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

This leaves the future of at least 2,o00 students’ education in jeopardy as they face potential deportation.

The Border Agency assessed the university using several tests including how they monitor their international students’ attendance and English language certificates.

Student leaders have expressed concern at the move, with NUS President Liam Burns saying:

“It is disgusting that international students continue to be used as a political football by politicians who seem either incapable of understanding, or are simply uncaring about the impact of their decisions on individuals, universities and the UK economy

“This heavy-handed decision makes no sense for students, no sense for institutions and no sense for the country.

“This situation and the botched process by which the decision was arrived at could be avoided if international students were not included in statistics of permanent migrants.”

Students from the university protested at 10 Downing Street earlier this week and London Metropolitan are expected to launch some form of appeal.

Professor Malcolm Gillies, the university’s vice chancellor, claimed “I would go so far as to say that UKBA has been rewriting its own guidelines on this issue and this is something which should cause concern to all universities in the UK.”