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UK immigration policy is making international students feel ‘unwelcome’, says House of Lords committee

Posted in Fees and access on April 15th, 2014 by steve

“An ‘unprecedented’ 10% fall in the number of international science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) students coming to the UK to study can partly be attributed to the UK’s ‘unwelcoming’ immigration reforms, a House of Lords committee has found …” (more)

[OUT-LAW, 15 April]

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Universities using ‘extreme measures’ to meet visa requirements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 11th, 2014 by steve

“Universities are resorting to ‘extreme measures’ to make sure they do not fall foul of immigration compliance requirements, a House of Lords report has found, such as fingerprinting international students before lectures …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 11 April]

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Students are trapped by the politics of anti-migration

Posted in Fees and access on March 19th, 2014 by steve

“In the United Kingdom and much of Europe we are in an anti-migration phase. International students, who provide half of the migration count, are currently trapped by the politics of anti-migration. This diminishes the value of their experience and their education …” (more)

[Simon Marginson, University World News, 14 March]

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University lecturers must remain educators, not border guards

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2014 by steve

“The increasingly stringent control of student migration by the Home Office is damaging both the integrity of our relationships as teachers with students and the future of our universities …” (more)

[Les Back, The Conversation, 4 March]

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Universities being used as proxy border police, say academics

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Academics accuse UK Visas and Immigration of undermining trust between universities and students in crackdown …” (more)

[Alexandra Topping, Guardian, 2 March]

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Student visas acquired by ‘fraud’, undercover reporters discover

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues on February 10th, 2014 by steve

“Student visas have been acquired through a network of unscrupulous immigration agents who sell forged bank documents and provide ‘stand-ins’ to sit English language exams, according to a new investigation …” (more)

[Kunal Dutta, Independent, 10 February]

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Visa reform needed to attract investment

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2014 by steve

“Ireland’s visa regime must become more streamlined to attract investment, students and tourists, business chiefs have warned …” (more)

[Colm Kelpie, Independent, 24 January]

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UK universities suffer first fall in foreign students since records began

Posted in Fees and access on January 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Evidence of the impact on higher education of ambiguous signals from a British government determined to cut net immigration has emerged in the form of the first recorded decline in enrolment of international students from outside the European Union …” (more)

[David Jobbins, University World News, 23 January]

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Dramatic fall in non-EU students at UK universities ‘appears to justify’ immigration policy fears, says expert

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2014 by steve

“The number of students from outside the EU coming to study at UK universities has fallen for the first time, with a particularly dramatic drop in the number of students coming to the UK from India and Pakistan, according to official figures …” (more)

[OUT-LAW, 20 January]

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Fingerprinting students at University of Ulster is ‘incredibly unjust’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2013 by steve

“Fingerprinting international students at a branch of the University of Ulster is ‘incredibly unjust’, a union has said …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 26 October]

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Spying on academics will not help fight terrorism

Posted in Legal issues on July 15th, 2013 by steve

“Universities in this country are under increased pressure to share information about the activities of students and staff whether for immigration purposes, in relation to activism on campus or even in relation to academic research projects …” (more)

[David Miller, The Conversation, 15 July]

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Hope for J1 students as €500 fee for employers may be removed

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2013 by steve

“A leading US congressman said he was hopeful proposed changes to the J1 student visa can be removed from the draft immigration bill. The changes would mean Irish students could not obtain a J1 visa unless a US employer or sponsor agrees to pay a €500 fee …” (more)

[Sam Griffin, Independent, 14 June]

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Cambridge forced to keep tabs on foreign scientists

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2013 by steve

“The next head of one of the UK’s most prestigious scholarship programmes has attacked ‘punitive’ immigration rules after revealing that foreign scientists in his laboratory had to keep a diary of their whereabouts …” (more)

[John Elmes, Times Higher Education, 13 June]

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Fast-track visa is key to attracting researchers

Posted in Research on April 26th, 2013 by steve

“Ireland’s streamlined work visa system is a strong factor in getting top scientists to locate here. Ireland has been operating a fast-track immigration scheme for non-EU researchers since 2007 …” (more)

[Conor O'Carroll, Irish Times, 25 April]

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London Met wins back foreign student licence

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2013 by steve

“The Home Office has reinstated permission for London Met University to recruit and teach foreign students. The university’s licence to sponsor non-EU students was controversially revoked in August last year, leaving hundreds of students without courses …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 9 April]

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Labour: End student visa loopholes

Posted in Fees and access on March 7th, 2013 by steve

“Labour will call for an end to student visitor visa loopholes that are allowing tens of thousands of people to enter the country as the party continues to reposition itself on immigration …” (more)

[Independent, 7 March]

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Migration limits continue to hurt UK business schools

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2013 by steve

“UK business schools have been joined by Members of Parliament in supporting changes to current migration laws that restrict the schools’ ability to compete in the international market for top students …” (more)

[Adam Palin, FT.com, 4 March]

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Foreign students to stay in migration figures

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“The government has refused to remove international students from its targets for cutting net migration, despite pressure from MPs and vice-chancellors …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 26 February]

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Are tougher visa rules putting Indian students off UK?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2013 by steve

“The number of Indian students studying in the UK fell for the first time the last year, many say due to changes in visa rules …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 15 February]

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Scots universities criticise UK immigration laws

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“University principals have blamed immigration changes and the Westminster government’s ‘hard-line rhetoric’ after the number of foreign students coming to Scotland fell by up to 26% from some countries …” (more)

[Chris Marshall, Scotsman, 12 February]

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