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Lords look at the impact of immigration controls on overseas students

4 February 2014

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will hold its first evidence session next week for its investigation into the effect immigration reforms may be having on student numbers. The Committee will quiz civil servants from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The inquiry is looking specifically at the numbers of international students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), and how they may have been influenced by immigration rules.


Tuesday 4 February, Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 11.40am:

  • Martin Williams, Director, Office for Life Sciences, International Education Industrial Strategy, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS);
  • Dr Joanne Hodges, Deputy Director, Science and Society, BIS; and
  • Andrew Ray, Deputy Director, Higher Education Analysis, BIS

Areas of questioning:

  • How and why have the numbers and demographics of international STEM students in the UK changed since the introduction of policy reforms on immigration in this Parliament?
  • Has the competitiveness of UK higher education institutions in terms of attracting international STEM students changed in recent years?
  • Are international STEM graduates finding it difficult to pursue employment in the UK after completing their studies at higher education institutions?

The Committee is still inviting written evidence on the issue, to be received by 20 February 2014.

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