The cross-party All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration sought engagement with a range of stakeholders to consider what impacts, on students, universities, and local economies, the closure of the Tier 1 PSW route has had on the attractiveness of the UK as a destination to study, following the UK Government’s decision to close the post-study work route in 2012.
Our submission to the Inquiry outlines the importance of international students to Scottish universities and the Scottish economy. They contribute an estimated £377 million in fees to the Scottish economy every year and an estimated £441 million in off-campus expenditure. International students also make a significant cultural and social contribution to Scotland, enriching the learning experience of their Scottish-domiciled peers; contributing to society and generating significant ‘soft power’ for Scotland via a network of global alumni who feel ‘internationally Scottish’.
Universities Scotland’s submission to the APPG on Migration Inquiry can be read here
The APPG report,UK post study work opportunities for international students, published on 24 February 2015, can be read here.