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When London Met rallied

There are lessons to be learned from a hard-pressed university that is now turning itself around.

In 2009, London Metropolitan University was found to have claimed tens of millions of pounds’ worth of government money for students who had dropped out (and were therefore not eligible for funding). Alan Langlands, head of the Higher Education Funding Council for England at the time, said the scale of governance, management and operational failures at the institution was “unprecedented in higher education in this country in recent years”.

In August 2012, in an unrelated matter, London Met had its licence to sponsor students from outside the European Union revoked, meaning it could no longer recruit international students—a very public embarrassment that jeopardised both its ability to recruit students and the prospects of its existing non-EU student body. It regained its licence several months later, but a lot of damage had already been done.

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