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Warnborough College UK
Warnborough College Ireland
Established1973, 1997, 2006
ChairmanDaryl Tempest-Mogg
PresidentBrenden D. Tempest-Mogg
Vice-presidentJulian Ng
ProvostBrenden D. Tempest-Mogg
Canterbury, Kent, UK
Dublin, Ireland
Warnborough UK logo.jpg Warnborough ie logo.gif

The name Warnborough is associated with several related institutions of higher education existing from 1973 to the present, including Warnborough College Oxford, Warnborough College UK, Warnborough College Ireland and Warnborough University, some of which are no longer in operation. Warnborough College UK provides educational programmes both on-site in Canterbury, England, and by distance learning. Warnborough College Ireland offers distance-learning programmes from Ireland.


1973–1996: Oxford[edit]

Warnborough College was founded in Oxford, England, in 1973 by Dr Brenden Tempest-Mogg, an Australian[1] who had attended Hertford College University of Oxford in 1970.[2] Warnborough College was not affiliated with the University of Oxford. It offered study abroad programmes and catered largely to American undergraduate and graduate students spending a semester or year abroad as part of their academic programme.[3] Other offerings included Warnborough College International Summer Schools[4] and a venue for summer conferences.[5] It was founded on Warnborough Road in North Oxford and in 1976 moved to Yatscombe Hall at Boars Hill, about four miles south from the city of Oxford.[2] The Boars Hill facilities included a Presidnet's Lodge and two Victorian Gothic mansions, used for teaching, administration and accommostion[6]

In 1985, Warnborough College began the successful Warnborough Australian Studies Programmes for studies in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia.[7]

1997–2005: London and Canterbury[edit]

In 1997 Warnborough University was registered as a limited company in Ireland, directed by Brenden Tempest-Mogg and Kee Guan Ng, a Malaysian national[1] with a registered branch office in the United Kingdom. It initially operated an office in London and later moved to Canterbury in 2001. It offered graduate and undergraduate residential and non-residential degrees in liberal arts, scientific and professional studies.[8] In November 2005 Ireland's Department of Education and Science said that Warnborough University in Ireland was in breach of the Universities Act 1997 by calling itself a university and requested that they not use the word "university".[9] Earlier in 2005, the inclusion of Warnborough and other unauthorized degree providers on a UK Department for Education and Skills (DFES) list of "genuine" education providers was described as an "embarrassment" to DFES.[10]


Saint Theresa's Medical University was an unaccredited institution in St. Kitts that the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization identified as being jointly operated with Warnborough.[11]

In the early 2000s Warnborough University generated controversy in Australia because neither Warnborough nor any of its consortium partners through which it was offering graduate and undergraduate degrees were accredited to do so.[12][13] The Australian state of New South Wales included Warnborough on a list of five "unrecognized universities".[14]

Up to October 2012 the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization named Warnborough in its listing of unaccredited universities,[11] with its then administrator, Alan Contreras, characterising Warnborough College as "a diploma mill that has managed to move back and forth between Britain and Ireland for decades without either government's being able to put an end to it."[15][16]

United Kingdom college[edit]

Warnborough College UK is located in Canterbury, Kent.


Warnborough College UK is accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges and is designated as an "ASIC Premier College".[17] Warnborough UK is an accredited training provider for distance-education and onsite bookkeeping courses leading to Level 1 and Level 2 certification from the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.[18][dubious ] Warnborough College UK is an accredited training provider for the Association of Business Executives (ABE) and offers certificate and diploma tuition services by distance-learning or onsite covering business management and tourism and hospitality.[19] Warnborough UK was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for Private Further Education reporting to the UK Department of Education in 2012[20] however there are no records of any more recent inspections by ISI,[21] which would routinely inspect colleges every three to six years.[22]

Irish college[edit]

Warnborough College Ireland is located in Dublin. From 2006 to 2008, it rented offices from All Hallows College in Drumcondra but All Hallows said it would not renew Warnborough's lease after August 2008.[1] In February 2008, the Irish Independent reported that All Hallows officials were concerned about the college's presence on All Hallows' grounds.[1] At All Hallows' request, Warnborough removed photographs of All Hallows from its website.[1] It is now closed.


Warnborough College Ireland is accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC) as a 'Premier Institution'. ASIC assesses the content and standards of a curriculum, the quality of instruction, and the reliability of testing, but the service "neither confers nor validates degree-awarding powers."[23]

Warnborough College Ireland courses are not recognised by Ireland's Department of Education, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) or the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI). In February 2008, Sean O'Foghlu, chief executive of NQAI told the Irish Independent that because Warnborough College is not a recognised higher education institution or awarding body the qualifications are "effectively worthless".[1]

In July 2008, HETAC denied the college's application for accreditation.[24] Warnborough sought leave to take judicial review of the denial[25] but withdrew its appeal in November 2008 after HETAC agreed to permit Warnborough to submit a new accreditation application.[26]

Up to October 2012 Warnborough College Ireland was not authorised to offer degrees in Oregon.[11]


In 1995 it was alleged by several American students that Warnborough misled them into believing it was affiliated with Oxford University.[27] When students discovered that Warnborough had no connection with Oxford University about fifteen or twenty of them immediately withdrew from the college with some intending to sue for refunds.[27][28] The college denied that it had claimed any association with Oxford University.[27]

Although the college continued to deny any misrepresentation, Oxford University threatened Warnborough College with a lawsuit over these alleged misrepresentations[28] and the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board sued Warnborough.[6][27] The lawsuit resulted in a judgement against Warnborough College by the Superior Court of King County, Washington of nearly $300,000.[29]

On 4 October 1995 the United States Department of Education took emergency action against[30][31] and then, in 1996, terminated the eligibility of Warnborough College to participate in the federal student financial assistance programmes under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 on the basis that it was not a degree-granting foreign institution; its credits were not freely transferable to eligible US universities; and it had no eligible one-year vocational programmes.[31] It also fined the college $40,000 for failing to make refunds to students in accord with Title IV and for misrepresentations to students.[31]

Hertford College was reported to be pursuing legal action against Warnborough College to recover a property rental debt of 6,000 pounds.[32] Other creditors hired a private detective to track down the principals after they returned to Australia.[2][33][34] The Boars Hill properties were repossessed by creditors and its corporate owner, Oxford International Educational Enterprises Ltd, directed by brothers Brenden and Daryl Tempest-Mogg and their mother, Ethel Tempest-Mogg, was wound up in a petition by the Inland Revenue.[2] In 1996, Warnborough relocated temporarily to offices rented from the New Road Baptist Church in central Oxford.[2] The Tempest-Moggs returned to Australia in July 1996 and the New Road office closed in August 1996.[2] In October 1996 Warnborough went into liquidation.[33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Phelan, Shane; Walshe, John (26 November 2012), "College charges €18,000 fees for 'useless' degrees", Irish Independent
  2. ^ a b c d e f King, Tim (25 October 1996). "Oxford College Sued in US is Repossessed". The Daily Telegraph.
  3. ^ Queensland Courier-Mail, 10 November 1993, Residential Property section, p. 35
  4. ^ Donner, Suzanne (18 January 1981), "Vacationing at an Overseas University", The New York Times, retrieved 27 May 2010
  5. ^ The Guardian, 19 February 1990 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ a b Gilje, Shelby (1 October 1995). "Students find Warnborough is not a part of Oxford". The Seattle Times.
  7. ^ "Warnborough College Overview". From Internet Archive. Archived from the original on 8 December 2000. Retrieved 27 April 2014.CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ Bear, John, Bear's Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning, 15th Ed (2003) p.223
  9. ^ "Exposed: scandal of the bogus degrees", Irish Independent, 14 November 2005
  10. ^ "Embarrassment at DFES over official college list". Times Higher Education. 1 April 2005.
  11. ^ a b c "Unaccredited colleges". Oregon Student Assistance Commission, Office of Degree Authorization. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  12. ^ Questions on Notice (3 April 2001)
  13. ^ "Lawnham, Patrick, "Authorities plan crackdown on Clayton's Degrees", The Australian, Ed 1 p 31 (13 March 2002)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  14. ^ Brown, George, "Protecting Australia’s Higher Education System: A Proactive versus Reactive Approach in Review (1999–2004), Proceedings of the Australian Universities Quality Forum 2004
  15. ^ Contreras, Alan (Winter 2009). "The complexity of international quality control". International Higher Education (54). Archived from the original on 1 August 2012.
  16. ^ Contreras, Alan (30 May 2008). "International quality control is no easy task". Chronicle of Higher Education.
  17. ^ Accreditation Service for International Colleges Directory Archived 12 December 2007 at archive.today
  18. ^ Recommended Bookkeeping Courses Archived 11 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Association of Business Executives (UK) Short courses Archived 9 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ "Warnborough College Inspection May 2012". UK Independent Schools Inspectorate. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  21. ^ "ISI - Warnborough College". UK Independent Schools Inspectorate. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  22. ^ "Inspection Schedule". UK Independent Schools Inspectorate. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  23. ^ "International College Directory". Accreditation Service for Colleges and Schools. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  24. ^ O'Sullivan, Sarah, "Authorities refuse to recognize web college", The Sunday Times, 18 July 2008
  25. ^ Phelan, Shane and Walshe, John; "Legal war looms in college's battle for approval", Irish Independent, 15 September 2008
  26. ^ "College Will Fight on for Recognition", Irish Independent, 11 November 2008
  27. ^ a b c d Lyall, Sarah (2 October 1995). "Americans Say a College Near Oxford Duped Them". The New York Times.
  28. ^ a b O'Leary, John; Charter, David (3 October 1995). "US students say college misled them over link with Oxford" (PDF). The Times (London).
  29. ^ "News in Brief: State Capitols Roundup". Education Week. 12 March 1997.
  30. ^ "In Re Warnborough College, US Dept of Education Docket No 95-146-EA". 6 December 1995.
  31. ^ a b c "In Re Warnborough College, US Dept of Education Docket Nos. 95-164-ST, 96-60-SF". 9 August 1996.
  32. ^ Susan, Pritikin (31 October 1996). "College? What College?". Cherwell (Oxford, UK). Archived from the original on 22 May 1997.
  33. ^ a b "College that lured U.S. students goes bust", The Times (London), 29 October 1996
  34. ^ Phelan, Shane "Chequered history of controversial college" Irish Independent (15 February 2008)

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