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UK: inquiry into effects of PSW closure

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration has launched an inquiry into the impact of the closure of the UK's Post-Study Work (PSW) route for non-EU graduates examining the effects on universities, students and local economies.The report will compare the UK to competing study destinations that offer PSW rights as well as feedback from stakeholders impacted by the change.

UKCISA urges members to step up support

At the annual UKCISA association's conference, the leadership urged its student-facing members to boost advice and support for international students who are concerned by recent licence suspensions. Meanwhile, a survey of HE leaders has uncovered that government policy is among top concerns in international education.

UK: calls for hardship fund for foreign students

The UK's NUS has called for more financial security for international students hit by hardship following new research released earlier this month that revealed over two-thirds of institutions did not have a separate fund or procedure for students affected by external crises. The report calls for more coordinated institution-wide responses and for a national hardship fund scheme to be piloted.

Internationalisation Awards winners announced: UK

This year's NUS Internationalisation Awards were hosted at The Warwick Integration Summit, a unique event that examines how universities and students' unions can best work together to promote integration between domestic and international students. There were winners in eight categories, including a new Careers Advising award.

UK: INTO videos prepare students for visa interviews

In response to credibility interviews for international students rolled out by the UK Home Office, global higher education organisation INTO has produced a set of videos to help students prepare for what could be their first formal interview in English. Posted along side other pre-arrival videos online at INTO TV, to date they have received some 7,000 views.

UK: 2015 election signals further policy changes

The Home Office has warned the UK higher education sector that it should expect further policy changes that could impact international student recruitment in the run up to the 2015 election. Speaking at the annual UKCISA conference last week it also raised eyebrows by unveiling a new video interview system to vet students in 74 locations around the world.

UK: concern over 10% annual rise in visa cost

International educators have criticised a decision by the chancellor, George Osborne, to raise the cost of a student visa by up to 10% every year for the next two years, saying it will create more barriers to studying in the UK. They also worry that the rises will not be matched by an improvement in services, despite widespread criticism of processing delays last year.