Concerns after college says it may take on students

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THE leader of Oxford City Council has raised concerns about the possibility of Oxford taking on hundreds of students thrown out by London Metropolitan University.

Some 2,600 students face deportation after the Government took away the university’s right to teach foreign students from outside the EU unless they find places on a new course.

Summertown-based Magna Carta College, which has 100 pupils on business courses starting this year, said it had the infrastructure in place to take up to 500 new students on business degree courses.

But Oxford City Council leader Bob Price, pictured, expressed reservations about the prospect.

He said: “A major influx would put strain on the overall supply of accommodation for students which is very delicately balanced between in-house accommodation and accommodation in the community.

“The other dimension is that, from an economic point of view, any additional students into the city adds to the economic vitality and in that sense can be welcomed. But we have to counterbalance that with the pretty negative effects it can have on housing.”

College dean David Faulkner said because of Government changes which forbade students at private colleges from working during their studies, numbers had plummeted.

He said: “There were 2,000 private sector colleges doing degrees, now there’s 200 or less.

“The private colleges left all give a very high quality of education and are judged to have done so, but none of them have enough students.

“There will be no deficiency in private colleges absorbing the students, we could take 500 with no problem.”

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10:07am Tue 4 Sep 12

father dowling says...

BOB PRICE I ask you not to worry about this trivial subject but to consider REAL HOUSING ISSUES : ARE YOU LISTENING ?!!!! This city is crawling with SINGLE people living in 2/3 bedroom council flats and houses. PUT THEM INTO 1 bedroom flats or EVICT THEM if they refuse. 2/3 bedroom council flats and houses are for families on the housing list NOT for people whos families have grown up and moved out YEARS AGO !!! Grow some BALLS OCC TODAY !!!!”
BOB PRICE I ask you not to worry about this trivial subject but to consider REAL HOUSING ISSUES : ARE YOU LISTENING ?!!!! This city is crawling with SINGLE people living in 2/3 bedroom council flats and houses. PUT THEM INTO 1 bedroom flats or EVICT THEM if they refuse. 2/3 bedroom council flats and houses are for families on the housing list NOT for people whos families have grown up and moved out YEARS AGO !!! Grow some BALLS OCC TODAY !!!!” father dowling
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10:47am Tue 4 Sep 12

Darkforbid says...

They would FD, but at the moment most single flats have been taken by immigration
They would FD, but at the moment most single flats have been taken by immigration Darkforbid
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8:46am Wed 5 Sep 12

Myron Blatz says...

Old 'Dad Dowling' absolutely right! Also, that Cllr Price shouldn't 'throw stones in glass houses' since Brookes - where the Councillor has his 'day job' is probably more guilty than any other academic or quasi-academic institution for adding to the stress and strain on housing in Oxford by yet more students - and has also been Labour wanting to build more bloomin student accommodation on car parks, and wasting thousands and thousands of council tax payer money spent in trying defend dubious policies which most Labour supporters don't want. It's also worth mentioning that even if Cllr Price has the Party with the most Seats on the City Council, that the majority of people eligible to vote across Oxford certainly didn't 'vote Labour' or its jumble of policies. The only 'asset transfer' which Oxford needs, is the removal of Labour in the next local City and County Council elections. The people of Oxford deserve better!
Old 'Dad Dowling' absolutely right! Also, that Cllr Price shouldn't 'throw stones in glass houses' since Brookes - where the Councillor has his 'day job' is probably more guilty than any other academic or quasi-academic institution for adding to the stress and strain on housing in Oxford by yet more students - and has also been Labour wanting to build more bloomin student accommodation on car parks, and wasting thousands and thousands of council tax payer money spent in trying defend dubious policies which most Labour supporters don't want. It's also worth mentioning that even if Cllr Price has the Party with the most Seats on the City Council, that the majority of people eligible to vote across Oxford certainly didn't 'vote Labour' or its jumble of policies. The only 'asset transfer' which Oxford needs, is the removal of Labour in the next local City and County Council elections. The people of Oxford deserve better! Myron Blatz
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