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International students in UK higher education: the UK and its competition

Report coverInternational students are vital to the UK higher education sector, and by extension the UK's standing in an increasingly competitive global market.

The UK higher education sector's reputation remains strong internationally, but recent immigration reforms have generated both opportunities and threats for the successful recruitment of overseas students, potentially impacting the funding environment for the UK's universities.

This report analyses recent trends in international student recruitment, and recommends that government:

• launch an international student growth strategy

• communicate a consistent message that the UK is welcoming to international students

• remove students from any net migration target

• enhance post-study work opportunities for international graduates


The team

Jo Attwooll

Jo Attwooll

Programme Manager
Universities UK

Daniel Hurley

Dan Hurley

Programme Manager
Universities UK

Rosalind Lowe

Rosalind Lowe

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

News

UUK response to government commitment to detailed study on international students

24 August 2017
The study presents an opportunity to build on the considerable evidence that shows that international students have a very positive impact on the UK economy and local communities.

Universities UK response to Home Office exit check report and ONS student migration reports

24 August 2017
The two official reports show that there is very high visa compliance by international students, with the number of students overstaying their visas a tiny fraction of previous incorrect claims

Blog

Further developments on student migration data

24 August 2017
As the Home Office and Office for National Statistics release new migration data, UUK's Eleanor Jubb analyses the implications for the higher education sector.

Why The Sunday Times is wrong on international student recruitment

7 August 2017
The accusations made that British A-level students are being 'discriminated' against simply don't stand up, writes UUK’s Jo Attwooll.