Friday 11 April 2014


British Council response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee’s inquiry into international STEM students.

Dr Jo Beall, British Council Director of Education and Society, commented: “The British Council warmly welcomes this timely report from the House of Lords Committee. International students make a tremendous academic, cultural and economic contribution to the UK, creating jobs and supporting the excellence of our universities.  Any drop in students must be investigated as the UK cannot afford a brain drain of the world’s most ambitious young people.

“We support the Committee’s recommendation that calls for the re-classification of students in immigration data. For the UK to remain globally competitive, the focus must be on attracting and supporting international students.”

Notes to Editor

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will publish their inquiry into international STEM students after 00:01 Friday 11 April 2014.

The supporting evidence volume can be found here:

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