Press release

MillionPlus comment on HEPI’s ‘Determinants of international demand for UK HE’ report

12 Jan 2017

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (12 January) commented on the Higher Education Policy Institute’s ‘The determinants of international demand for UK higher education’ report.

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:

“This report provides a comprehensive economic analysis of the opportunities and risks to UK universities in the international higher education market and presents the government with clear choices: either help universities to compete by adopting a new approach to international students or restrict their ability to trade by seeking to introduce further regulations.

“The research should also set alarm bells ringing in terms of the future of the EU market as the analysis predicts that treating EU students like international students will lead to a 57% decline in EU student numbers. This will lead to a significant reduction in fee income and off-campus expenditure which will impact on local economies.

“The UK’s Brexit priorities should include the retention of a student mobility area with the potential for EU students to be granted temporary residency status and access to loan funding during their studies in the UK, provided that reciprocal arrangements for UK students studying in EU countries are secured.”


Notes to editors

  1. MillionPlus is the Association for Modern Universities. More information can be found at
  2. Modern universities: key facts
  3. ‘The determinants of international demand for UK higher education’ is published on 12 January and will be available here
  4. For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dan Blows on 020 7717 1658 or email