“It’s very clear to international students that the UK has become less welcoming, to say the least,” NUS international students’ officer Mostafa Rajaai said at an event this week, calling on universities to act as a "safe haven" and step up support services.
The UK government must be willing to make political concessions in order to ensure higher education cooperation is embedded in its trade agreements with other countries post-Brexit, according to a new report commissioned by Universities UK.
Around three-quarters of the British public would like to see the same amount or more international students in the UK, after finding out the economic contribution they make to the country, according to a recent poll.
Spending by international students generated £25.8bn in gross output for the UK’s economy in 2014/15, new research from Universities UK has shown. Universities, meanwhile, earned £13.1bn in export receipts in the same year.