Fareham College vice-principal speaks out on foreign students

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THE vice-principal of Fareham College has explained why her college has decided not to renew its permit to take in foreign students.

As reported in The News yesterday, the Bishopsfield Road college is one of 474 colleges nationwide that will no longer be able to admit foreign students after a government crackdown on immigration.

Dr Catherine Richards said: ‘It’s not a case of us being barred, it was a strategic decision by the college not to re-apply for the highly trusted sponsor status from the UK Border Agency. We have very few international students as it stands anyway – we only take in one or two a year – and we have always had very good feedback from our audits by the border agency.

‘But we are a local college and we are choosing to value local people and not go chasing students from overseas. We can’t be in every market and this is us recognising that.

We may review our decision in the future, but our mission is to provide outstanding education for young people in Fareham and Gosport.’