Spurgeons College boost for admitting non-EU students
The UK Border Agency has given Spurgeon's College 'Highly Trusted Sponsor Status' - an essential government precondition for attracting non-EU foreign students ...
Spurgeon’s College today announced that it has now become one of the few theological colleges in Great Britain to be granted ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor Status’ with the UK Border Agency. This is hugely beneficial to the College because it is an essential government precondition for attracting non-EU based foreign students.
In addition, and financially-speaking most importantly, it means that the College may now increase elevenfold the numbers of non-EU based international students it can sponsor each year, up to 22 from just two.
The move comes during a time of major change and potential growth for the College. Its new agreement with the University of Manchester, under which it validates the College’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses, began in September 2012. And shortly before Christmas the College announced that the Rev Dr Roger Standing will become its new Principal, succeeding Dr Nigel Wright in September this year.
Chris King, Business Manager of Spurgeon’s College, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have been granted favoured status with the Border Agency. It ends a period of great uncertainty in terms of how many non-EU students we could host, which in turn made making accurate financial projections very difficult, too.
"Ending this uncertainty, as well as tying up the validation agreement with the University of Manchester and completing a smooth succession process for our new Principal Roger Standing, will enable the College to go from strength to strength in 2013 and beyond”.