The Government negotiations with Labour are continuing, as are preparations for the European elections, but there’s little happening in the Commons on Brexit and my campaign to change the rules on international students features strongly this week – following the article I wrote in the Times last week with former Universities Minister Jo Johnson, promoting our amendment to the Immigration Bill taking students out of net migration targets and reintroducing a post-study work-visa.
This afternoon I’ll be trying to make the case in Education Questions and later I’ll be chairing a meeting with the British Universities’ International Liaison Association on the Government’s International Education Strategy, organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Students which I co-chair with Lord Karan Bilimoria. I’ll also be joining a UKCISA event on Wednesday.
Continuing the higher education theme, I’m hosting an event organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Universities Group to launch a report by Universities UK and the NUS about the BME Attainment gap, and attending an event by Kings College London, in my role as Secretary of the Universities APPG. I’ll also be in Labour’s Opposition day debate in which we’re pressing for the Government to declare a climate emergency, an issue that I’ve also been pressing (read more here).
Also this week I’ll be meeting with the Sheffield College leadership team and Governors to discuss further education funding which I spoke about recently in Parliament; speaking to First Bus about local fares; meeting with Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis on regional funding (more here); visiting a local video games studio; and campaigning across the constituency in Thursday’s local elections.