University of Sheffield backs parliamentary to motion on international students

University of Sheffield supplied picture of Professor Sir Keith Burnett
University of Sheffield supplied picture of Professor Sir Keith Burnett
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Sheffield University and its Students’ Union are urging MPs to support a fresh bid to recognise the contribution made by international students.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Prof Sir Keith Burnett, and Students’ Union International Officer, Jose Diaz De Aguilar, are leading the call for MPs to back an early day motion tabled by Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield.

The motion calls for the Government to remove international students from net migration targets, and highlights the concerning drop in the number of overseas students enrolling at UK universities.

Prof Burnett said: “We are deeply concerned that the UK should not alienate international students who are so crucial to our university, city and nation.

“Without our international students and staff, the UK would not have the tremendous record it does for education, science and engineering.”

The university has more than 6,000 international students from 116 countries.

So far more than 30 MPS have backed the motion which recognises the cultural, academic and economic contribution made by the students.