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    Immigration White Paper is announced: but what does it mean for international students coming to the UK?

    Policy Connect’s Higher Education Commission welcomes the acknowledgement by the Government in the immigration White Paper of the need to attract international students and offer better post study work options. But the proposals are too timid and need to include our recommendation of a growth target for student numbers. 

    Staying Ahead reported that the UK is already losing market share at a time when international student numbers are growing. International student fees provide proven benefits to the HE sector: they cross subsidise UK student’s fees and fund post-graduate research into cutting-edge science. So does the Immigration White Paper resolve to develop student numbers?

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    Higher Education Commission announces Degree Apprenticeships report launch for 2019

    Degree apprenticeships have been posited as a means of increasing productivity and social mobility.

    The Higher Education Commission has been examining the successes and 'teething problems' associated with Degree Apprenticeships thus far and will make recommendations on improvements and next steps in one of the first pieces of research done on this area of the higher and further education system.

    The research findings will be launched on 29th January in the Houses of Parliament with Co-Chairs Lord Norton of Louth and Smita Jamdar.

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    HE Commission launches report: Staying Ahead - Are International Students Going Down Under?

     

    The Higher Education Commission is today releasing research that recommends a 12-point plan for protecting the UK’s gold standard international HE sector. Our higher education sector is world leading for the number of international student enrolments, second only to the USA, and the Commission wants our fifth biggest service sector in the economy to flourish, not flat line.

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    This is a state school, but it is certainly not comprehensive.

    In many ways, Brampton Manor Academy 6th Form is not like other schools. It made headlines this week as 41 of its students secured offers for undergraduate study at Oxford and Cambridge.

    The achievements of these students – two thirds of whom will be the first in their family to attend university – triggered an explosion of online celebration. The majority of successful applicants were also from minority ethnic backgrounds, outstanding given the disgracefully un-diverse admissions record of our country’s two – supposedly - most prestigious universities.

    It will be unfashionable to suggest, but this feat is remarkable, but maybe not surprising. The achievement of the individual students is exceptional, but the role of the 6th form questionable.

    This is a state school, but it is certainly not comprehensive.

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The Higher Education Commission is an independent body made up of leaders from the education sector, the business community and the three major political parties. The Commission examines higher education policy, holds evidence-based inquiries, and produces written reports with recommendations for policymakers.

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