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UCU warns government against student immigration cap

6 September 2010 | last updated: 11 December 2015

UCU today warned the government against rushing ahead with populist policies on immigration that could damage the UK's proud international reputation for education excellence.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: "The UK remains one of the most popular destinations for foreign students because of our proud international reputation for excellence. We need to be able to offer places to the world's best and brightest students. The last thing we want to do is send a message that those students are not welcome here.
"Populist policies on immigration might play well domestically, but on the global stage we risk looking foolish. Damian Green is making his speech today after returning from a trip to India where he encouraged students to come to the UK."