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University Principle Openly Criticises Government’s Immigration Policy

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Professor Craig Mahoney, Principle of University of the West of Scotland, has launched a scathing attack on the government for continuing to include students in UK immigration totals.

Mr Mahoney suggested there had already been a drop in the number of non-EU students coming to the UK and the UK Government's immigration policies were hindering recruitment plans.

The Higher Education and Research Bill was passed before government disbanded ahead of the general election, which according to Professor Mahoney, will have a severe impact on UK universities ability to attract foreign students.

The Conservatives have insisted they will continue to support efforts to attract overseas students to come to the UK.

Commenting on the government's decision, Mr Mahoney said: "Theresa May's refusal to remove foreign students from the revised immigration statistics, will continue to hinder recruitment plans for non-EU students into UK universities.

"It's deeply concerning that the UK is positioning itself as less attractive to overseas students and academic staff, particularly when the UK is keen to establish stronger international post-Brexit trade links."

Mr Mahoney, added: "We are already starting to see a fall in the numbers of EU and non-EU students coming to the UK. This is particularly true for postgraduate students - those who are more likely to forge stronger relationships with industry or start their own businesses."

Professor Mahoney suggested many universities will now need to evaluate their investment and growth strategies to ensure their long-term viability.