As Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Students I have commented on new exit checks data showing that 97 per cent of international students leave the UK after finishing their studies and the Government’s announcement of a study into the impact of international students in the UK to be carried out by the Migration Advisory Committee:
Yesterday, I spoke in the final Commons debate on the Government’s Higher Education and Research Bill to repeat my calls for the Government to develop a positive strategy for international student recruitment.
Government plans to further cut the number of international students in the UK have been condemned as “spectacularly ill-informed” and “an act of madness” by Paul Blomfield MP, who has led moves in Parliament to change rules that have damaged university recruitment and who is co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Students.
In response to the EU referendum result, I joined with Sheffield’s universities, college, and city leaders to send out a strong message that Sheffield is still a global city that warmly welcomes students from all over the world. I’ve been a strong advocate for international students in Parliament and recently set up an All-Party Parliamentary Group which I co-chair with Lord Bilimoria.