Have immigration controls affected international student numbers in the UK?

11 March 2014

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will explore whether immigration controls have affected international student numbers in the UK and whether potential students are choosing to study elsewhere

On Tuesday 11 March the Committee will ask a range of questions to senior university staff as well as getting an employers’ perspective from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

The inquiry is looking at the numbers of international students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), and how prospective student numbers may have been affected by immigration rules. Other questions on Tuesday will include whether there are any differences between disciplines; whether there are country-to-country differences; what other factors might influence student numbers; and whether the removal of the Post Study Work route has had any impact.


Tuesday 11 March, Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am:

  • Sir Andrew Witty, Chancellor, University of Nottingham;
  • Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England and Chair of Universities UK’s health policy network; and
  • Professor Erol Gelenbe, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London and member of the UK Computing Research Committee.

At 11.40am:

  • Mr Tim Thomas, Head of Employment and Skills Policy, EEF;
  • Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor, Cranfield University; and
  • Professor Helen Atkinson, Head of Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, Vice President, Royal Academy of Engineering and Chair of the Standing Committee on Engineering and Training, Immediate Past President Engineering Professors' Council.

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