This section of LALT’s International Hub provides links to a range of useful reports. These address different parts of the policy environment related to international students – from international reports on global trends on international student mobility, to the recent UK government International Education Strategy which seeks to enhance the UK’s attractiveness to international students. These reports help to contextualise some of the recent sector wide changes experienced in UK higher education.

In addition, you will also find some valuable guidance on enhancing teaching and support for international students produced by sector bodies such as the QAA, JISC and Advance HE to help develop a high quality and equitable learning experience for all.

The University of Lincoln’s current Internationalisation Strategy can separately be found here.

International Education Strategy: global potential, global growth (March 2019)
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Department for Education

This strategy sets out the Government’s ambition for education exports and how it will support the UK education sector to access global opportunities.

Full Report (PDF)

International Education Strategy 2021 Update: Supporting recovery, driving growth
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Department for Education

Update to the 2019 International Education Strategy highlighting progress, government support to the UK education sector and future priorities.

Full Report (PDF)

The benefits and costs of international higher education students to the UK economy: Analysis for the 2021-22 cohort – May 2023
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Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), Universities UK International and Kaplan International Pathways

Given the continuing importance of international students as a source of export revenues, alongside the ongoing political debate relating to potential visa restrictions for international students’ dependants and potential reductions in their post-study work visa rights, London Economics were commissioned by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), Universities UK International (UUKi), and Kaplan International Pathways to update their previous analysis of the benefits and costs to the UK economy associated with international students.

Full Report (PDF)

International Students Digital Experience (April 2023)
Phase One: A review of policy, academic literature and views from UK HE
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JISC Report by Dr Tabetha Newman and Dr Mike Gulliver, Timmus Research Ltd

JISC are currently engaged in a four-phase research project into ISDX. Phase 1 resulted in the publication of this report in April 2023 which explores the existing academic and sector literature in relation to the digital experience of international students.

Phase 2 involves working directly with international students at 10 HEIs (including University of Lincoln) to better understand their experiences.

A short summary of this report has been produced for colleagues working with international students, to inform and guide efforts to support international students make a successful transition to UoL.

Full Report (PDF)
Report Summary (Dean of International & PGT)

#WeAreInternational Student Charter 
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UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

The #WeAreInternational Student Charter is a student-led document, written by UKCISA’s student ambassadors and developed with the input of students and staff from across the international education sector in the UK.

The Charter provides guidance on the fundamental principles for delivering a world-class international student experience, from pre-arrival to post-graduation.

Full Charter (PDF)

Supporting and Enhancing the Experience of International Students in the UK (March 2023)
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QAA Projects & Publications

This guide provides practical support for all academic and professional services staff with responsibility for, or those who engage with, international students studying at all levels, including student advisers, international officers, lecturers, quality assurance practitioners, student services managers, careers advisers, and senior managers. It has been developed to be read and used in discrete sections or as a whole, depending on your area of focus.

Full Report (PDF)

International Graduate Routes: Narratives from the UK Job Market (February 2023)
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This research shares the experiences of international graduates seeking and gaining post-study employment in the UK. Funded by UPP Foundation, the research provides the first evidence for the HE sector on the facilitators and barriers to success in the UK jobs market, and assesses the effectiveness of the Graduate route and other post-study visas.

Full Report (PDF)

International Student Mobility (indicator)
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This indicator shows the number of international tertiary students enrolled as a proportion of the total tertiary students enrolled in the destination (host) country. International students are those who received their prior education in another country and are not residents of their current country of study.