Migration Advisory Committee inquiry response

29 January 2018

Every 7 non-UK undergraduates studying at a Russell Group university generate £1 million of impact for the UK economy. In addition to their significant economic benefit, international students help ensure our universities can deliver broad, high-quality academic programmes and support their world-class research activity.

Our response to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) demonstrates the important part international students play in increasing social and cultural diversity on campus, enriching the learning environment and helping home students develop internationally-relevant skills. International PhD students bring new ideas and expertise to the UK and help strengthen our universities’ international research partnerships.

As graduates, international students who remain in the UK help develop a skilled workforce. Those who return home become informal ambassadors for the UK, strengthening trade, research and diplomatic links.

To secure these benefits in the long term, the UK needs an internationally competitive offer to ensure it continues to attract international students. Perception of their welcome and ability to secure a student visa as well as the opportunities available to work after their studies, are key considerations for prospective students.

Migration Advisory Committee on international students

International students help ensure our universities can deliver broad, high-quality academic programmes and support their world-class research activity.

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