Press release

million+ calls for UK government to review post-study work routes for international students

25 Jun 2015

Commenting on new research published by Hepi and the Higher Education Academy which highlights the benefits that international students bring to the student experience in the UK, the university think-tank million+ has called on the government to support the UK’s role in international higher education by reviewing the regulations that apply to post-study work.

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

“This research confirms that the Prime Minister and Jo Johnson, the new Universities and Science Minister, are absolutely right to value the international students who study either for all of their course in the UK or on transnational programmes which are delivered in their home countries but which include a period of study at British universities.

“We welcome the fact that there is no cap on the number of international students but changes to the UK's post-study work visa regulations are perceived as a barrier by some students. The Scottish government has already set-up a cross party working group to examine these issues.

“This would be a timely moment for the UK Government to review post-study work routes and consider whether any amendments should be made to ensure that the UK is a first choice destination in the global higher education market.”


Notes to Editors

1. For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Pam Tatlow on 020 7717 1658 or email
2. million+ is a leading university think-tank. More information can be found at
3. The report will be available on the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) website: and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) website