Lords Select Committee investigating effects of immigration rules on UK’s universities

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry into the effect that immigration rules may be having on international students.

studentsBy looking at the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), the Committee is looking at visa arrangements for non-EU students and the route into work after study.

The inquiry will also examine whether progress has been made in co-ordinating the collection and analysis of data on student migration.

The following are some of the specific questions the Committee has posed for those submitting evidence.

Are changes to immigration rules having an adverse effect on prospective international STEM students choosing to study in the UK?

Is there a perception that these new policies could be sending out unwelcoming messages abroad?

How have the numbers and demographics of STEM students in the UK changed since the introduction of policy reforms on immigration?

Do we have enough data to enable links between cause and effect to be understood?

Are prospective international students fully aware of immigration policy and do universities and the Government need to improve how they communicate immigration rules?

As a result of immigration policy, are UK universities now losing out internationally?

The written evidence must be submitted online by Thursday 20th February 2014. To submit evidence, click here.

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