Rosalind Gill, Head of Policy and Engagement at the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) said:

“News that the Government  has listened to its Migration Advisory Committee and will maintain the Graduate Route Visa is of course welcome. However, we should not underestimate the impact that the wider proposals by the Government on international students would have, especially when layered on top of changes already delivered in January.”

Gill concluded: “The university sector is a strategic UK asset. It is renowned globally, attracts business investment and drives economic growth through widespread excellence in research and innovation across all parts of the UK. To maintain global advantage and grow a resilient economy, the next Government must create an environment in which the university sector can succeed and remain at the cutting edge. We need a fundamental shift in the debate on universities. Politicians must consider what they can do to set universities up to succeed rather than fail. Urgent warnings about the pressures on the university sector need to be listened to and addressed. They have not gone away.”