The president of Universities UK, which represents Britain's higher education institutions, has said there were other ways to address the UK Border Agency's concerns over London Met University - and that the university's licence should only have been revoked as a last resort.
The UKBA's decision relates to the administrative requirements placed on universities by the UKBA in order to gain and retain highly trusted sponsor status.
Universities have worked hard to respond to these new requirements and are committed to eliminating any abuse of the student visa system.
We believe that there were alternative ways of addressing UKBA's concerns, and that revocation of a university's licence should only be a decision of last resort.
– Professor Eric Thomas, Universities UK president
Our first priority is to support the international students affected by this action to ensure that, wherever possible, they can stay in the UK and continue their studies.