Plans to limit numbers of overseas students taking degrees in the UK came under renewed fire from Sheffield University today - as the issue came up for debate in parliament.
Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield is part of a cross-party alliance calling for a change to Government proposals to include students in immigration targets.
A recent report by university researchers found that international students inject £120 million into the Sheffield economy alone each year.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett said: “We are asking the Government to look again at the way international students, who are so vital to our world-leading universities and to the UK economy, are counted alongside immigrants.
“Our city and region need our international students and we must be careful not to lose them.”
Mr Blomfield said: “We’ve built considerable support for change and the independent report commissioned by the university has provided powerful evidence to back our arguments.”