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.
Our local statement highlights the city’s commitment to international students and celebrates the positive cultural and economic impact they have on Sheffield. It was issued at the national conference of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKISA) in Sheffield on 29 June – 1 July, at which I spoke.
International students contribute enormously to Sheffield, adding to local culture and enriching the local economy by more than £120 million every year. They enhance the learning environment of our universities and contribute hugely to our research capacity. I know that a lot of international students are worried after the UK voted to leave the European Union. But Sheffield is saying loudly and clearly that ‘we love having you here – thanks for everything you do for our city’.
Sheffield welcomes international students
Sheffield is committed to welcoming international students and is proud and grateful for all they bring to our city, which is their home for a time.
These students, who study at Sheffield’s two universities and college, make a contribution to our city which is much more than just financial. They work in our hospitals, schools and businesses. They volunteer for more than 140 Sheffield charities and add new perspectives, food and cultural opportunities.
Years after our international students leave Sheffield, they are global ambassadors for the city, the region and its people. They feel proud of the education and friendships they made here. We are proud that they go on to make the world a better place, working as scientists, engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers and leaders in over 100 countries.
Our city is also deeply grateful for the investment and vibrancy our international students bring – over £120 million into our city’s economy each year, around 10% of inward investment in Sheffield. Our city regeneration and the growth of many small businesses owes a huge amount to international students. Now, in a time of change, we want to reassure potential international students from around the world that you are welcome in Sheffield. Thousands of others have had a wonderful experience in this city, and this will continue.
Professor Sir Keith Burnett CBE, FRS, Vice Chancellor, The University of Sheffield
Professor Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University
Paul Corcoran, Chief Executive, The Sheffield College
John Mothersole, Chief Executive, Sheffield City Council
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of the Council, Sheffield City Council
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Sir Andrew Cash, Chief Executive, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Richard Wright, Executive Director, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Governors, The Sheffield College
Clive Betts MP, Member of Parliament for Sheffield South East
Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam
Angela Smith MP, Member of Parliament for Penistone & Stocksbridge
Louise Haigh MP, Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley
Paul Blomfield MP, Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central
Gill Furniss MP, Member of Parliament for Brightside & Hillsborough