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University Alliance calls to reintroduce two year post-study work visas

In response to HEFCE’s analysis of international student entrants, Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance said:

“This is further evidence that we are losing international students to other nations due to the UK’s restrictive policy on post-study work visas. Some Alliance universities have seen a much as a 50% reduction in overseas students studying STEM over the past 2 years. This is harming our economy as well as our universities. There is a simple fix: reintroduce two year post-study work visas for all graduates from trusted UK universities.

“83% of international students are studying in the UK so that they can get a good job (1). We know that international students want to ensure that in addition to their time at university they will have the opportunity to undertake in-work placements and to contribute back to the UK.”

Notes to editors 

(1)   University Alliance Growing Global Graduates Report

Analysis by HEFCE

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