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THE vice-chancellor of Sheffield University has criticised government plans for tough new immigration rules, saying they will jeopardise Britain’s higher education.

Professor Keith Burnett said: “Britain’s world-class higher education system is at risk from these ill-judged reforms.”

New research by think tank CentreForum suggests the proposal to slash migration from 200,000 to tens of thousands by 2015 could threaten 24,000 university jobs.

As reported by The Star, Sheffield Hallam University has estimated the loss of tuition fees, rent and other expenditure by foreign students could hit the Sheffield economy by £25m a year.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said: “Attracting talented students from abroad is vital to the UK but we must be more selective about who can come here for how long.”