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Twenty three universities join student visa pilot

18 December 2017

Universities UK commented today on the news that the Home Office is to extend the scheme which streamlines the process for international Masters students wanting to study in the UK. 


The pilot also provides greater support for students who wish to switch to a work visa and take up a graduate role, by allowing them to remain in the UK for six months after they have finished their course.

Commenting on the government announcement​, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “International students bring huge cultural and economic benefits to the UK and the evidence shows the overwhelming majority comply with the terms of their visa, no matter which university they choose.

"It is positive that the Government clearly recognises the benefits of international students and is extending post-study work opportunities to help make the UK a more attractive destination for international students. In the near future we hope the Government will go further to improve post-study work opportunities for students at all universities across the UK.​

"As global competition for international students increases, the UK needs to further improve the visa regime for international students to ensure the that UK remains an attractive and welcoming destination for study."​


The 23 universities to be added to the pilot are:​

  • Cardiff University
  • Goldsmiths University of London
  • Harper Adams University
  • Newcastle University
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • University of Bristol
  • Durham University
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Reading
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Wales Trinity St. David (Swansea Campus)
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York

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Jo Hindle

Jo Hindle

Head of Media
Universities UK

Luke Lambert

Luke Lambert

Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK

Clara Plackett

Clara Plackett

Senior Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK

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