MAC inquiry submission

UKCISA’s submission to the Migration Advisory Committee’s Inquiry into International Students

This is UKCISA’s submission to the Migration Advisory Committee’s Inquiry into International Students.

We make a number of key points and then attach a quite substantial annex of supporting material (including an indicative case study of how a downturn in international students in one college has damaged both opportunities for UK students and the local economy).

We are writing on behalf of the UK Council for International Student Affairs, the UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them.

Our membership includes every university in the UK, the majority of publicly funded further education colleges which are active internationally, a number of independent schools and colleges and a range of specialist bodies.

The Chair of UKCISA’s Board of Trustees is Prof Koen Lamberts (Vice Chancellor of the University of York) and its President is Lord Karan Bilimoria.

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 Annex to UKCISA's MAC submission

This annex provides the supporting evidence and an indicative case study.


1. Background sources showing UK income/export earnings

DfE paper on economic value

UUK analysis of economic output

Russell Group

HEPI/London Economics









2. Background sources showing wider evidence of value and impact (extracts and quotations)

D/BIS International Education: Global Growth and Prosperity: An Accompanying Analytical Review (2013)

IPPR report: Britain wants you (2013)

International students and the UK immigration debate (2014) British Future/Universities UK


3. Case study from a (publicly funded) further education college

Case study


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