International Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students - Science and Technology Committee Contents


16 January 2014

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, under the Chairmanship of Lord Krebs, is conducting a short inquiry into the effect on international science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students of immigration policy. The Committee invites interested individuals and organisations to submit written evidence as part of the inquiry.


The inquiry follows the report[195] of the Committee on higher education in STEM subjects in July 2012 (2nd Report of Session 2012-13) and the Government response[196] published in November 2012. This short inquiry will, however, focus very specifically on immigration policy and international students (paragraphs 215-39 of the Committee's July 2012 report). While the Committee's focus is on international STEM students, in order to provide a sense of context and comparison, the Committee would welcome brief comparative comment from respondents about their experience of the issues in other disciplines. The deadline for written evidence submissions is Thursday, 20 February 2014.


The Committee invites written submissions on the following questions. Please only answer the questions of relevance to you. Please also do draw the Committee's attention to any relevant issues not captured in the specific questions below:

·  How have the numbers and demographics of international STEM students in the UK changed since the introduction of policy reforms on immigration in this Parliament?

·  What is the evidence currently available of an adverse effect of the changes to immigration rules on prospective international STEM students choosing to study in the UK?

·  Which UK immigration policies are affecting international STEM students and what issues are they causing?

·  What impact might the provisions in the Immigration Bill currently before Parliament have on international STEM students?

·  How are the impacts of immigration policies on STEM students monitored, both by organisations and nationally? Is there sufficient collection and analysis of data to enable links between cause and effect to be understood?

·  Do reforms to immigration policy since 2010 limit the competiveness of UK higher education institutions in attracting international STEM students?

·  Do higher education institutions and the Government have effective mechanisms in place for communicating the rules arising from immigration policy to prospective international students?

·  Are international STEM graduates finding it difficult to pursue employment in the UK after completing their studies at higher education institutions?

·  Are immigration policies and rules jeopardising the provision of particular STEM taught masters or other postgraduate courses at your institution?

·  Do you consider the sustainability of the current business model at your, or all, UK higher education institutions at risk from falling international student numbers?

195   House of Lords, Select Committee on Science and Technology (2012) Higher Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects: Back

196   Government Response (2012) to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology Report: Higher Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Subjects: Back

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