13 Dec 2012
Foreign PhD students will be allowed to stay in the UK for longer allowing them to find skilled work or set up as entrepreneurs, it has been announced today.
Home Secretary Theresa May said, from April, such students would be able to remain here for 12 months after completing their studies.
The announcement has been welcomed by the Scottish Conservatives.
Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman Liz Smith MSP said:
“I welcome this announcement from the Home Secretary.
“It is vitally important that our universities are able to benefit from the presence of the many hundreds of foreign national PhD students who do so much academically and socially to enrich our colleges and universities.
“This is particularly true when they are involved in cutting edge research and development.
“I hope this announcement will soon be followed by others to ensure that UK universities do not lose crucial members of staff whose current visa status often means they must return home before their work is complete, or those members of staff who decide not to apply to UK institutions because of overly bureaucratic visa regulations – something which is, rightly, a matter of concern for college and university department heads.
“I believe there is widespread public support for the UK Government’s policy to insist on tighter controls for ‘bogus’ students but this legislation must not impinge on the academic and employment opportunities for those who enhance our FE and HE institutions.”