Bishop of Winchester asks about overseas student numbers and effect on the economy

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winchester171116On 13th and 14th December 2016 the Bishop of Winchester, Rt Rev’d Tim Dakin, received responses from the Department for Education and Treasury to three written questions about overseas student numbers and their effect on the economy:

The Lord Bishop of Winchester To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of overseas students, excluding EU students, coming to study in the UK over the next five years.

Viscount Younger of Leckie In Autumn 2015, as part of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement, the following estimates were published, based on forecasts by English universities. These forecasts only include English Higher Education Institutions and do not separate out Home and EU students.

English Higher Education Institutions, Forecasts of student numbers, Academic Year 2015/16 – 2019/20

2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Total growth
Home and EU students (FTE) 1,300,000 1,340,000 1,370,000 1,400,000 1,440,000 130,000
Non-EU students (FTE) 260,000 280,000 300,000 310,000 320,000 55,000

Source: English universities’ forecasts, Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE). Figures may not sum due to rounding.

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The Lord Bishop of Winchester To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of overseas students coming to study in the UK over the last five years, and the impact of any decline in that number on the UK economy.

Viscount Younger of Leckie The table below shows that the number of Non-EU students entering UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) over the last five years. Entry data for 2015/16 and 2016/17 are currently unavailable.

First year enrolments domiciled in Non-EU countries prior to study, UK HEIs, Academic Years 2012/13 to 2016/17

2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
171,900 179,400 174,300 Not Available Not Available

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record

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The Lord Bishop of Winchester: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the financial contribution of overseas students to the UK economy.
 

Lord Young of Cookham:The Government estimated in 2013 that overseas students (EU and non-EU) in higher education in the UK contributed £9.7 billion to the UK economy in 2011, through tuition fees and living expenditure.

The Department for Education will publish a new estimate of the total value of education exports to the UK economy shortly, based on data from 2014. This will include updated estimates on the financial contribution of overseas students.

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