Post-study Work Visas

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 23 March 2015.

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Photo of Michael Crockart Michael Crockart Liberal Democrat, Edinburgh West 2:30, 23 March 2015

The recommendation comes as part of the Smith agreement. It recognises that the higher education sector is a multi-billion pound industry, and Edinburgh university is one of the most successful participants in that. More than 10,000 foreign students are now studying at Edinburgh, generating some of the highest quality research in the UK. Does the Minister agree that keeping more of those excellent students in the UK while their research is commercialised would be of enormous benefit, not just to the Scottish economy but to the UK as a whole?