University Alliance welcomes Government’s International Education Strategy
University Alliance has welcomed the new International Education Strategy that the UK Government announced this morning. Vanessa Wilson, Chief Executive of University Alliance commented:
“University Alliance welcomes the Government’s International Education Strategy. International education. This remains a huge and growing opportunity for the UK and our universities and with this strategy the government has clearly seen the potential in setting out how it intends to maximise this opportunity.
The UK prides itself as a world-leading university sector player excelling not just at academic teaching and research but also in the field of technical, professional and vocational education. These vital skills are as much in demand abroad as they are at home – the critical ingredient for a successful and thriving economy, so it is great to see the government building their support for this vital national export.
A truly global, future looking Britain needs to both sustain and build on its internationally renowned university reputation to remain a welcoming place for future international students, researchers, technicians and academics. We will continue to work with our University Alliance members, government and the sector to make the most of – and the case for – this British success story”.
FT – Bring post-student work visas back
Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance, features in the Financial Times in a letter calling for a return to post-student work visas.
Sir, You are right to identify that UK universities benefit from being able to tap into the world’s brightest and most committed undergraduates (“Closing the doors to foreign students”, editorial, April 8). Worryingly, though, we are losing international students to competing nations, such as Canada and Australia, due to the UK’s restrictive policy on post-study work visas. Alliance universities (which deliver 50 per cent of all science, technology, engineering and maths courses in the UK) have seen as much as a 50 per cent reduction in overseas students studying Stem over the past two years.
These arbitrary migration targets are harming our economy as well as our universities. Our research has shown that international students want to have the opportunity to undertake in-work placements and to contribute to the UK economy. Graduates should be allowed to stay long enough to put their new skills to use and give back to the UK.
That can be achieved with one simple fix: reintroduce two-year post-study work visas for all graduates from trusted UK universities. This would enable the UK economy to benefit from their skills, without adding to the burden of long-term migration or robbing their home countries of graduate talent.
Libby Hackett, Chief Executive, University Alliance
Guardian – Almost a quarter of postgrad students at English universities are Chinese
The Guardian reports that figures from the Higher Education Funding Council for England show falling numbers of international students in the UK.
In response 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. This is harming our economy as well as our universities.”
Read the full article.
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
University Alliance is a non-partisan, non-political organisation working to promote, safeguard and sustain the public benefit delivered by universities together with our members.
Our members are Bournemouth University, University of Bradford, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Coventry University, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Greenwich, University of Hertfordshire, University of Huddersfield, Kingston University, University of Lincoln, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Northumbria University, Nottingham Trent University, Oxford Brookes University, Plymouth University, University of Portsmouth, University of Salford, Sheffield Hallam University, University of South Wales, Teesside University, University of the West of England.
THE – Uncapped numbers: it’s a different story Down Under
Source: Dale Edwin Murray
The experience of uncapping numbers in the UK will be different from that in Australia, says Libby Hackett Chief Executive of University Alliance.
“When you step off the plane in Australia, after you adjust your eyes to the bright golden orb in the sky, you can’t help but notice that most people have a spring in their step and a smile on their face.
“Maybe it is just the sunshine, but it might also have something to do with the mining boom that has protected the Australian economy from the impact of global recession. Everything seems new and shiny in a flourishing economy. Jobs are plentiful, wages are high, quality of life is on an upward trajectory, the number of students in higher education is growing – and no matter how hard you press anyone in the government or the Treasury, you cannot get them to worry about the number of student loans flying out the door.
“Here in the UK in deepest, darkest January, when our universities minister has just had to mount yet another defence of the ever-growing resource accounting and budgeting (RAB) charge (the proportion of student loans that will never be repaid) to a select committee of MPs, I am keenly aware of the contrasts as well as the similarities that we share with our cousins Down Under.”
Read the full article.
The Guardian University Forum
Venue: 8 Northumberland Avenue, London
Date: 26 February 2014
Competing on a global stage
The Guardian HE network is running a one-day forum to explore the future of UK higher education policy ahead of the next General Election. The event will focus on how universities can foster student innovation and what impact immigration policy will have on the UK’s world-class skills and research base.
This is a must-attend event for senior higher education professionals.
- Rt Hon David Willetts MP
- Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE
- Dr Pericles Lewis, Yale-NUS
Members of the University Alliance will receive a 30% discount. Simply quote GP30 when booking your place.
For more information, click here.
THE – Let the right ones stay for payday
Vince Cable has said that he wants more high-achieving overseas graduates to be allowed to stay in the UK to work after warning that international students receive a “warmer welcome” in rival nations such as the US and Australia.
However, Steve West, vice-chancellor of the University of th
e West of England and chair of the University Alliance, queried whether more “ifs and buts” about exceptions to existing post-study rules could “do more harm” than good. He said that rather than “half-hearted” attempts to encourage overseas applicants, “our collective goal must be to remove students from the net migration figures”.
Let the right ones stay for payday (THE)
Guardian – Vince Cable: International students do not feel welcome in Britain
Vince Cable told attendees at our Bright Britain event at Liberal Democrat Party Conference that the number of international students in British universities has fallen sharply because they do not feel welcome.
Other speakers at the event, which was sponsored by Bright Britain included Shami Chakrabarti, the chancellor of Oxford Brookes university; John Longworth, director general at the British Chambers of Commerce; and event chair Michael White, assistant editor and former political editor of the Guardian.
International Hub: Vince Cable: international students do not feel welcome in Britain (Guardian HE Network)
Our response to the International Education Strategy
In response to today’s (Monday 29 July) International Education Strategy, Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance, said:
“As the second most popular destination for international students, we welcome the commitment from Government to build on the existing strength of higher education as a key growth industry.
“Research has shown that Alliance universities are the top choice for international students whose top priority is getting a good job. With outstanding graduate employment rates and over a quarter of all students in the UK, they are having a big impact on the economy at home and abroad.
“At University Alliance we recognise the huge opportunities there are if we build constructive international partnerships. We recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Australian Technology Network of universities to develop stronger links between our member universities and to explore international partnerships in emerging markets together. We will be holding an international conference with all of our members next year to discuss regulation and quality assurance, student visas, internships and business collaboration – many of the areas touched on in this report.
“We look forward to working closely with BIS, and our international partners, to champion UK HE and ensure it remains strong in an ever competitive world.”