Universities ‘concerned’ by exclusion from visa pilot

Scottish universities have hit out at plans to allow four English institutions – Imperial College London, Oxford, Cambridge and Bath – to evade controversial immigration restrictions on graduates looking for work following their degrees, writes Paris Gourtsoyannis for The Scotsman.

The principals of three leading Scottish universities have called on the United Kingdom government to extend a pilot designed to encourage more foreign students to come to Britain by allowing them to stay for six months beyond the end of their course.

University of Glasgow Principal Anton Muscatelli said: “We support the post-study work visa pilot but would have liked to have seen it extended beyond the south-east of England. The University of Glasgow is a global player with students from over 100 different countries enriching campus life and contributing to the local and national economy. We deeply regret that a previous visa scheme which permitted international students to stay for two years following graduation was scrapped in 2012.”
Full report on The Scotsman site