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Study Group welcomes Universities UK plan for globally-leading Higher Education beyond COVID-19

21 October 2020

Study Group has welcomed proposals from Universities UK to ensure that UK Higher Education remains global in influence and impact beyond COVID-19, building its capacity to attract talent and investment from around the world.

The manifesto Recovery, Skills and Knowledge and Opportunity - A Vision for Universities published on October 21st made clear that the UK will only achieve its ambitious aims in science, research, and the arts if it adopts policies that make it easier for students, teachers and researchers to study, work and live in Britain. It cites a major competitive advantage for the country to help grow education exports and attract, nurture and retain global talent.

Proposals include:

  • Investment of £12.5 million to create up to 2,500 new scholarships targeted at EU students, co-funded by universities.
  • Enhancement of efforts to promote the UK higher education offer overseas by increasing investment in Study UK to £20m a year.
  • Establishment of a one-stop-shop through the Office for Talent to provide immigration and resettlement advice to prospective applicants to the UK.
  • Reducing visa costs.
  • Enhancing the scale and impact of international research collaboration, mobility, and partnerships.

The manifesto also championed the formation of a new global prestige research fund to attract and retain global talent to pursue new, blue-sky research ideas in the UK.

According to Study Group’s Managing Director for the UK and EU James Pitman:

“Universities UK is absolutely right to emphasise the opportunity for UK Higher Education as well as our research base, skills and the economy, if we ensure Britain is the world's first choice for University study. For decades, we have had an outstanding reputation for academic quality and the welcome students receive in our universities and wider society, but if we match that with globally-leading service from the point of application through all aspects of international education policy, through study and beyond, there is nothing to stop us from becoming the world leader for international education.

“Key to this is ensuring that all those involved in welcoming and supporting international students are listening carefully to their concerns, needs and ambitions and responding in ways which support students to choose the UK. Study Group is proud to work with government, sector representative bodies, business and students themselves to support this effort and to ensure that the UK International Education Strategy delivers for those who matter most - international students themselves.”

Notes for Editors

For 25 years Study Group has been a leading provider of international education across the world. It has 38 embedded colleges in partnership with globally leading universities internationally, including in the UK the Universities of Aberdeen, Cardiff, Coventry, Durham, Huddersfield, Kingston, Lancaster, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, Liverpool John Moors, Royal Holloway, Sheffield, Strathclyde, Surrey and Sussex.

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