Following the release of the latest net migration figures yesterday, UK Immigration Minister James Brokenshire indicated that there is "more to do" to decrease the number of non-EU students staying in the country post-graduation.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs launched a “Manifesto for International Students” last week, which aims to change current rules and procedures surrounding international students in the UK.
Enrolment statistics from 2013/2014 for UK HE institutions reveal little ground has been gained on the back of last year's startling stagnation. Sector leaders have urged for a more unified approach to jumpstart the flow of international students back to the country.
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.
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.
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.