The development of the overseas campus has reported cost the university £5.6 million, but the campus is yet to receive a licence to teach and award degrees.
The application for the licence was scheduled to go through in autumn 2014 ready for the 2014-15 academic year. This did not happen and now the campus has been termed "a very expensive white elephant."
Nevertheless, the university's deputy vice-chancellor Professor James Miller said he is confident that the university would soon be awarded the licence saying, "We've been told that as far as they're concerned there are no particular issues with our application."
The university clearly believes that expanding its global presence is important,a s it currently runs a college of nursing in Bangladesh and a college of engineering in Oman. It also has a campus in London.