Another Blow For Universities

After cutting the education budget for home students by 40%, with the teaching grants for home students in non-STEM subjects likely to be virtually abolished, further bad news has surfaced today. Not highly surprising to some, but the net result may be a reduction of up to 50% of non-EU-students. The Migration Advisory Committee has looked at the “other” priority of the government, i.e. to cut net migration to somewhere near 50,000. The problem is, they conclude, that only about 20% of this can be achieved by cutting immigration from the worker route. This means, according to the Professor David Metcalf, MAC chairman, that non-EU student numbers will have to be drastically cut: From 163,00 to 87,00 (see report in the Guardian Online here). This would probably be another disaster, especially for the universities in the South-East of England and London, for whom income from overseas students is a substantial part of their income (see table below). Many of these universities already face large cuts as they are either not particularly reliant on research income, don’t teach many STEM subjects or worse, in some cases, both.

Top 20 "Non-EU"- Income Universities (£000) (Source HEPI)
 
 
Income from non-EU fees 
Total income 
Percent from non EU
LSE
43259
129124
33.5
SOAS
12779
40047
31.9
London Business School 
15045
78086
19.3
Essex 
14783
82867
17.8
Luton 
9082
51246
17.7
City
20477
118340
17.3
Royal Ac of Music
2130
12498
17.0
Westminster 
20589
124505
16.5
University of the Arts
19318
118402
16.3
Middlesex
20486
128263
16.0
Hertfordshire
20739
131769
15.7
Bradford 
12763
84533
15.1
Goldsmiths
7516
50614
14.9
Oxford Brookes
15739
111072
14.2
Royal Northern Coll Music
1431
10396
13.8
Royal Holloway NBC
10007
74723
13.4
Kent at Canterbury
12397
93174
13.3
Royal College of Music
1582
11923
13.3
Greenwich
14870
117102
12.7
Portsmouth 
14412
113520
12.7

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