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MPs from all three major parties have come together to secure a debate in the House of Commons on international students on 6th June. The motion points out that five parliamentary select committees have recommended that international students be removed … Continue reading
The big news from this Queen’s Speech is the Immigration Bill. There isn’t much detail yet but the Bill will contain measures to regulate and restrict access to services, including the NHS, and to limit rights of appeal – both … Continue reading
Government departments have to make their opening bids for the Spending Review to Treasury next Monday. The stakes are high. Commentators have likened the cabinet in-fighting over how to share the inevitable pain to a circular firing squad. This Tuesday … Continue reading
Anyone using the power of CTRL + F will have discovered that the only direct mention of universities in this week’s Budget speech was the Chancellor’s assertion that the Government’s reforms to schools, universities and apprenticeships was “probably the single … Continue reading
You’d be forgiven for being a bit confused, from reports over the last few days, about what’s going on with international student numbers. The government and Migration Watch have been reporting increases, while university bodies are telling a different story. … Continue reading
David Willetts has been talking about the importance of encouraging older people to consider higher education. Yesterday he said: “There is certainly a pressure for continuing to get retrained and upskilled… Higher education has an economic benefit in that if … Continue reading
The government has just published its long-awaited response to the Commons’ Justice Committee report on the Freedom of Information Act. The response, accepts the argument that we need a new exemption for ongoing research within the Act.
Speaking at the UUK annual conference today, David Willetts announced that ‘transparency in immigration statistics is vital. We therefore want to publicise disaggregated figures so that the debate can be better informed.’
There are times, as a lobbyist, that your heart sinks. An issue comes up which is apparently so technical and wonky that you can’t believe that you will ever persuade anyone to lock onto it. So it is with the … Continue reading
Press reports this weekend suggested that the prime minister is re-thinking the government’s immigration policy which puts international students right in the middle of efforts to reduce net migration figures. The government wants to reduce ‘net migration’ (the number of … Continue reading