Impact of immigration controls on overseas students

18 March 2014

Lords will next week question the Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts MP, as well as Minister of State for Immigration and Security, James Brokenshire MP, on ‘widespread concern’ over the effects of immigration policies on student numbers.

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will quiz the Ministers, as well as three university professors, as part of their investigation’s last evidence session. The inquiry is looking specifically at the numbers of international students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), and how prospective students may have been influenced by immigration rules.

On Tuesday 18 March the Committee will ask the two Ministers if the Government should be doing anything to combat the effects that immigration rules changes may be having on student numbers, whether changes in the Immigration Bill might potentially make the situation worse, and whether the removal of the Post Study Work route has ‘put a brake on growth’. The Committee will also ask university representatives about their experience of student number fluctuations, whether attracting global talent is being hindered, and how the UK compares to other countries.


Tuesday 18 March, Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am:

  • Professor Mick Fuller, Head of Graduate School, Graduate School (Research & Innovation), Plymouth University;
  • Professor Anthony Finkelstein, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, University College London; and
  • Professor Scott MacGregor, Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde.

At 11.40am:

  • Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS); and
  • James Brokenshire MP, Minister of State for Immigration and Security, Home Office.

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