28 February 2013

Universities share dismay of MPs at Government approach to overseas students

million+ comments on the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee’s report, “Too little, too late”, which is published on 28 February 2013. The MPs raise serious concerns with the Government’s response (26 February) to the Committee’s Report on Overseas Students and Net Migration, published in September 2012.

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+ said:

“The dismay of MPs on the BIS Committee at the Government’s response to their Committee’s report on overseas students and net migration will be widely shared by universities.

“The Home Office’s approach is harming the UK’s higher education market. The damage to the international postgraduate market is in turn impacting on the postgraduate courses UK universities can offer.

“We now have a situation in which the Home Office says and does one thing while other Cabinet Ministers from the Prime Minister down go overseas to promote the UK’s well-deserved reputation for high quality higher education.

“There is a growing consensus that this is a problem which needs to be addressed and sensible solutions are being put forward which the Government should be listening to.”

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Notes for editors:

1. million+ is a leading university think-tank, promoting evidence and research to inform higher education policy and funding www.millionplus.ac.uk. For more information please contact Jean Candler, Head of Public Affairs on 020 7717 1659 or out of hours 07900 277 819.
2. The BIS Select Committee report “Too little, too late: Committee's observations on the Government Response to the Report on Overseas Students and Net Migration - Business, Innovation and Skills Committee” is available to download here.