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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

Eleanor Jubb

Eleanor Jubb

Policy Manager
Universities UK

News

New study highlights net impact of international students

11 January 2018
New analysis – carried out by London Economics – shows the benefits of international students are ten times greater than the costs and are worth £310 per UK resident.

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.

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.