Education and Brexit in the news.

‘Of the 532,975 postgraduates studying at UK universities in 2015/16, 45,340 were from other EU countries (8.5%), while 154,390 were from countries outside the EU (29%).

The government has confirmed that EU students coming to the UK will be eligible for existing loans and other financial support for courses starting in 2017/18. The same applies to UK students going to other parts of the EU. But it is the years following Brexit that concern universities, coupled with the inclusion of international students in UK immigration targets.

A report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) forecasts that an increase in fees for EU students after 2020 – putting them in line with international students – may lead to a 57% drop in EU enrolments, including many postgraduates.

But Nick Hillman, director of Hepi, says there are positives too. The fall in the value of sterling means that UK courses are cheaper for students from abroad; the fact they are taught in English is also a major selling point. His advice to people thinking of postgraduate study in another country is go for it, regardless of Brexit.

Hillman accepts that the government could do more to help international recruitment, especially with visa rules. “Every time Amber Rudd [the home secretary] or Theresa May says anything negative it appears in the Indian newspapers,” says Hillman.’ - Guardian

‘The Bombardier train factory teetered on the brink of closure in 2011, when it lost a key contract for British carriages to Germany. The Derby site survived, but the debate over protecting high-value domestic jobs from foreign competition rumbles on, especially with Brexit on the way.

Memories of the Bombardier furore are still fresh at the Department for Transport, it seems, because the latest ministerial incumbent appears determined to ensure that manufacturing work stays within these shores.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling is taking advantage of the government’s apprenticeship drive to keep jobs in the UK, rather than with EU manufacturing rivals like Germany, ahead of Brexit. January’s industrial strategy called on all construction, infrastructure and capital investment projects worth £10m-plus to take into account apprenticeships and skills development as part of tender evaluation.’ – Guardian, later article

 

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