Statement on international students – Third Convention for HE 15 October

The Third Convention for Higher Education convened at UCL today.

Delegates united in condemning Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s statements against international students at the Conservative Party Conference as being fundamentally wrong.

In addition, we specifically condemn Rudd’s proposal that the Teaching Excellence Framework be used for limiting universities’ right to recruit overseas students. We believe the TEF is wholly misconceived as it measures neither teaching nor excellence. We defend international students and staff because knowledge knows no borders.

We call on the whole HE sector, our colleagues and VCs, to speak out against any attempt by the government to limit numbers of international students, or to use the TEF to engage in a disgraceful exercise of divide and rule.

London, 15 October 2016

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Senior Research Fellow, Survey of English Usage, University College London
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