The decision would allow international students studying for a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a UK university to remain in the country for up to two years following their graduation in order to find employment. The RSE had called for the re-implementation of the policy since it was ended seven years ago.
Dame Anne said:
“As President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, I strongly welcome the UK Government’s decision to reintroduce the two-year post-study work visa – something the RSE has consistently called for since the policy was abolished in 2012. Attracting and retaining international students is vital to the social and economic wellbeing of Scotland and the move to harnessing the skills of these students following their studies is supported on a cross-party basis in the Scottish Parliament.
For many international students, the ability to begin a career in the UK after completing their education is an influential factor in deciding which Higher Education institution to attend and the reinstatement of the post-study work visa can play an important role in ensuring Scotland, and the UK, remains an attractive destination for the world’s most talented young people.
In addition to utilising their skills and providing benefit to our economy, allowing these graduates to remain in Scotland can play an important role in addressing some of the distinct demographic challenges we face as a nation.”