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.
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.
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.
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.