As I represent both our universities and more students than any other MP, I’ve done lots on higher education since my election nine years ago (read more on work on universities here and students here) – and a range of HE issues dominate my week ahead.
I’ll be speaking at a Universities UK event on this year’s international Graduate Outcomes survey; chairing an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students discussion event with Philip Augar about his review of Post-18 funding, which will bring together student representatives from around the country; and hosting an All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Students roundtable discussion with business.
I’ll also be meeting Cambridge University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, catching up with the NUS to discuss their recent reforms, joining a roundtable with Labour MPs on our response to the Post-18 funding review, attending the launch of a Universities UK report on degree apprenticeships; hosting the NUS ‘Quality Students’ Unions’ awards presentation; and speaking at a conference for diplomats responsible for academic, cultural and scientific relations.
Other activities start today with a regular Shadow Brexit Team meeting, after which I’ll be in the House of Commons to raise a point of order regarding the Home Office’s failure to answer some of my Parliamentary Questions about Tier 2 visas. I’ll also be co-sponsoring Holly Lynch MP’s Ten Minute Rule Bill about reservoirs and preventing flooding, which is important to Sheffield, catching up with Sheffield MPs on local issues, and welcoming constituents visiting Parliament for a tour – I often organise tours and visits for constituents, so if you’re interested just get in touch.
On Friday, back in Sheffield, I’ll be joining a visiting Palestinian group from Nablus for a dance performance at the Town Hall. This follows my visit to the West Bank a couple of years ago, and subsequent efforts to establish a twinning link between our two cities (they are also performing at Tramlines in the evening – event link here). I’ve also a meeting to discuss live animal exports, an interview about my work on South African solidarity for a documentary, and speaking at a cross-party event on Brexit organised by Sheffield in Europe.