The UK needs to pay greater attention to the impact of Brexit on EU student numbers, speakers have warned during a UK-focused panel at The PIE Live, which also heard from University of Glasgow on live trends for enrolment.
The majority of education agents around the world are experiencing a loss of income because of Covid-19, according to a survey, while institutions are in a “scramble” to find ways to recruit international students.
International students are facing numerous barriers to reaching the UK in time for the September semester due to problems with VAC processing, availability of flights and difficulties with getting tuberculosis appointments.
Industry stakeholders have welcomed the reopening of visa application centres in many countries around the world, saying that it will be “hugely beneficial” to institutions planning for their autumn intake.
UK sector bodies have proposed a national loan scheme for students from selected countries among a range of measures to maximise the UK's competitiveness as it kickstarts the recovery of international student recruitment.
The UK post-study work visa should be fast-tracked into law and extended by six months in order for the UK to maintain its competitive edge in the international student market, the Russell Group has urged.