Results 1–20 of 49 for "international students" speaker:Paul Blomfield

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Overseas Students (16 Nov 2018)

Paul Blomfield: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many international students obtained a Tier 4 visa in (a) 2017-18, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2015-16, (d) 2014-15 and (e) 2013-14 academic years; and how many of those students came from a nation registered in Appendix H of the Immigration Rules.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (4 Jun 2018)

Paul Blomfield: The Home Secretary said yesterday that he is open to looking again at the inclusion of international students in net migration targets. He will know that there is strong support for that move on both sides of the House. Will he therefore meet me and other officers of the all-party parliamentary group on international students, prior to the publication of the Migration Advisory Committee...

Funding Higher Education — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (28 Feb 2018)

Paul Blomfield: ...to look again at nursing, midwifery and allied health courses. I will make my third point very briefly, because this is a much bigger topic. I raise this issue as co-chair of the all-party group on international students. Universities’ financial stability is partly based on this country’s enormous success in attracting international students to come and study here. Those numbers are...

Written Answers — Home Office: Overseas Students: Health Services (23 Feb 2018)

Paul Blomfield: To ask the Secretary of State for Home Office, what assessment he has made of the effect of the increase in the NHS health charge for students on the number of international students.

Written Answers — Home Office: Overseas Students (12 Oct 2017)

Paul Blomfield: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many international students entered the UK with (a) a child and (b) an adult dependent in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Overseas Students (12 Sep 2017)

Paul Blomfield: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many international students from (a) another EU country and (b) outside the EU reside in each parliamentary constituency.

Higher Education and Research Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Paul Blomfield: ..., new international student enrolments fell by 3%. He says that these things go up and down, but we can contrast that figure with the position in the United States, which has the biggest share of international students and where enrolments increased by 7%. The situation is also in contrast with what is happening in Australia, where enrolments increased by 35%. Seeing our weakness, it put...

Higher Education and Research Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Paul Blomfield: ...talking about a new provider? I would be grateful if the Minister responded to that point. Having said all that, I am bitterly disappointed that there has been insufficient movement on the issue of international students, and I say that as co-chair of the all-party group on international students—I share that job with Lord Bilimoria. My disappointment is evidently shared by Conservative...

Higher Education and Research Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Paul Blomfield: ...for giving way. I understand his discomfort on the issue. He talked about numbers, but does he not recognise that in the latest year for which numbers are available—2014-15—new enrolments of international students fell by 3%, so he cannot say that the numbers are going up?

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Overseas Students (18 Apr 2017)

Paul Blomfield: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence the data from the exit checks introduced in 2015 gives on the proportion of international students who break the terms of their visa.

Exiting the Eu: Science and Research (19 Dec 2016)

Paul Blomfield: ..., which could create a crisis for our research community. As with staff, so with students, as the hon. Member for South Antrim (Danny Kinahan) and others pointed out. Around 125,000 of our 436,000 international students are from the EU, and their future is uncertain. A survey before 23 June indicated that one third of non-EU students would find the UK a less attractive destination if we...

Exiting the EU: Higher Education — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (23 Nov 2016)

Paul Blomfield: ...at risk if the Government get Brexit wrong. What would getting it wrong look like? What are the risks? Let us start with students, who after all are the bread and butter of our universities. International students, as many have pointed out, are hugely important. About 185,000 of our 500,000 international students are from the EU. Their future is uncertain and, under the sort of regime that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Student support: restricted modification of repayment terms (21 Nov 2016)

Paul Blomfield: ...reason is that, in 2012, the last Government changed the rules so potential university students in this situation could no longer access student finance. They would also have been reclassified as international students, meaning they would face higher fees. Unsurprisingly, the Supreme Court found that the Government’s rules were discriminatory. I realise the Government have not been doing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Paul Blomfield: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his intervention. He and I have worked closely on a number of these issues, and we do agree that international students should be taken out of net migration targets. On the point that he raises, I disagree with him. I know that we would come together in saying that our universities are a great British export industry, but I am genuinely puzzled why the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Paul Blomfield: ...defeat. We would not say that the world is buying 20% or 30% more cars, but the great news is that our exports are flatlining. It does not make sense. However, I am sure the Minister will agree that international students are an extremely good thing for our economy. It is therefore deeply worrying that the Home Secretary put international students at the centre of her plans to cut migration.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Paul Blomfield: ...to the world that we are differentiating our institutions and saying that a good two thirds of them, perhaps, are less good than others, can do nothing other than damage our ability to recruit international students and to earn the money that we do from them, as well as the jobs and support for our economy that that brings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Paul Blomfield: ...Minister as to whether it is the Home Office’s intention to use the teaching excellence framework measurement of quality as a basis for its visa regime in an attempt to cut down the number of international students. I got no reassurance. I gave the Minister a couple of opportunities to say that the Government did not intend to use the TEF for that purpose and he failed to do so. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Paul Blomfield: ...clear only as the Bill progressed through Committee. It is apparently the Government’s intention—although I recognise that it might not be the Minister’s wish—to link the visa regime for international students to quality measures. There are Members present on both sides of the House who share my concern, so let me put it into context. The Minister will agree that international...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Paul Blomfield: My hon. Friend highlights a new dimension to the challenge facing our universities as a result of Brexit. My wider point about international students existed before 23 June, but we now face a situation in which the 185,000 international students, of some 500,000, from EU countries may no longer choose to come here. However—this is crucial in relation to my hon. Friend’s...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Paul Blomfield: .... I appreciate the intervention of my hon. Friend, because he is a strong champion of the two universities in Coventry and he makes, on every occasion, this strong point about the importance of international students. He is right. Many universities around the country will be in crisis if there is a significant drop in the number of international students. It will mean not only that their...


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