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Report shows economic benefits of international students

20 March 2019 | last updated: 21 March 2019

Responding to a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute on the tax and national insurance contributions of international students who stay in the UK to work after their studies, UCU said the report highlighted UK higher education's standing on the international stage, despite government efforts to create a hostile environment.

UCU acting general secretary Paul Cottrell said: 'This report details the substantial economic benefits international students bring to our universities, and to the towns and cities where they study or choose to live. However, the positives are not simply economic as they bring much more to enrich our society and culture.

'We need to be doing all we can to encourage more people to study, work and live in this country. It is a testament to our higher education sector that, despite ministers' best efforts to create a hostile environment, we remain a popular destination.

'The government needs to look at how we ensure the UK remains a leading choice for international students, or we risk jeopardising our proud standing on the world stage.'