Sheffield students attack immigration bill

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A delegation from Sheffield University’s student union has lobbied peers in the House of Lords over plans to introduce tougher rules for overseas students.

Union president Ally Buckle and international officer Alex Kohert argued against provisions in the new Immigation Bill on behalf of the union and the university.

They called for a proposed new healthcare levy on students from abroad to be scrapped, along with compulsory visa checks by landlords.

The students had already made their case to MPs Nick Clegg, Paul Blomfield and David Hanson.

Together the union and the university have been working to highlight the huge economic, cultural and educational value of international students to UK universities and the wider economy.

The university commissioned an independent report into the net economic impact of overseas students in Sheffield, revealing they made up 10 per cent of all inward investment into the city.

Ally said: “It is clear that openness to talented young people from around the world is at the heart of the UK’s world-leading universities.”