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.
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.
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?
Written evidence must be submitted online by Thursday 20 February.