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Welsh university to quit Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

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Glyndwr University - the Wrexham-based higher education institution at the centre of a controversy over the recruitment of overseas students - has announced that it is relocating its London campus from Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.

Welsh university to quit Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

Glyndwr University's London campus has been located at Hannibal House, above the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, since 2011 when it acquired the London School of Management and Science.

The university had its right to recruit students from outside the European Union suspended by the Home Office in June this year.

The move followed an investigation into claims that organised criminals where falsifying English language tests for student visa applicants.

In a statement the university said on Monday: "Glyndwr University welcomes the Home Office's decision to reinstate its highly trusted sponsor status.

"This decision will allow the university to resume the sponsorship of international students.

"However, the university has committed to relinquishing the lease on its Elephant & Castle campus in London and will move to new premises by July 2015. The lease break will be enacted this December.

"Glyndwr University will only recruit sponsored students to its Wrexham campus in the first instance and plans to further develop its activities in London and its security controls before applying for recommencement of international recruitment for London-based delivery in the future."

Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Scott said: "The university is fully committed to continuing its support for a more robust student visa system and in that regard is undertaking a number of changes to its London campus during the coming months, including a locational move.

"The university will continue to work closely with the UKVI, which shared its concerns for students legitimately studying at Glyndwr University, in accordance with legal regulations.

"The students are the university's primary concern, and the majority are hard-working and dedicated.

"They have not infringed immigration or university rules and regulations and should not suffer because of the misdeeds of a few."

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