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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

News

UK misses out on more than £8bn due to student visa changes

22 October 2018
The UK economy may have lost out on billions in export earnings from international students due to immigration rule changes made in 2012, according to a new analysis from Universities UK.

University staff prioritised in EU settlement scheme

11 October 2018
Universities UK has welcomed the news that EU university staff working in the UK will be prioritised in the next phase of the EU settlement scheme pilot.

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.