LORDS

Are immigration rules starving our universities of talent?

16 January 2014

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

Background

Taking a look at the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), the Committee will look 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.

Questions

Some of the specific questions the Committee pose for those submitting evidence are:

  • 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?

Deadline

Written evidence must be submitted online by Thursday 20 February.

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International STEM students

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

Previous inquiry

Higher Education in STEM previous inquiry

The House of Lords Science and Technology Sub-Committee I conducted an inquiry into Higher Education in Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. The Committee published a report on 24 July 2012.