Student Immigration: can the UK retain its international position? #studentimmigration
24 May 2012
Westminster Studio, 10 Greycoat Place, London SW1P 1SB

Headline Speakers

NEWS STORY: 'Student route has a part to play' in reducing net migration

Recent changes to immigration policy risk seeing the UK lose its international position as a favoured destination for international students.

At a time of great change in higher education, and with recent alterations to visa regulations settling in, this conference evaluated what this means for the sector. It also debated the merits of removing student immigration from the overall figures, and considered what UK institutions can do to retain their competitive edge.

Key issues covered include: 

  • impact of the changes to the Post-Study Work visa
  • should international students be removed from the overall immigration figures?
  • have crucial routes into higher education been protected?
Programme
09:50
Aaron Porter, Consultant and Journalist
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

10:00
Professor Margot Finn, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Access, Development & Widening Participation, The University of Warwick
Can the UK remain competitive in the international student market?

10:20
Jo Attwooll, Policy Adviser, Universities UK
Making the case for separating international students from immigration figures

10:40
Jeremy Oppenheim, Head of Immigration Group, UKBA
KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Remaining open for business, but closing off abuse

11:00
Questions and discussion
11:15
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:40
Tony Millns, Chief Executive, English UK
Protecting an important route into UK higher education

12:00
Don Flynn, Director, Migrants’ Rights Network
Storing up trouble for the future?

12:20
Paul Marshall, Chief Executive, Association of Business Schools
International students – a vital component for our economy today and tomorrow

12:40
Questions and discussion
13:00
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Beatrice Merrick, Director of Services and Research, UKCISA
Experiencing Tier 4: the student perspective

14:20
Sarah Mulley, Associate Director, Migration, Trade and Development, IPPR
How might a future government reduce bogus immigration without undermining UK competitiveness?

14:40
Christina Yan Zhang, International Students’ Officer, National Union of Students
Does it feel like we are still open for business?

15:00
Questions and Discussion
15:10
Comfort break
15:15
Seminar session
QAA and Educational Oversight Dr Adam Biscoe, Head of Educational Oversight, QAA

16:00
Close of conference