Today saw the publication of further information about the Government's long awaited and much lobbied for reintroduction of Post Study Work. Few working in UK international education will have missed the excitement, even relief, with which the initial announcement was met from within the sector and beyond.
As someone who has spent a working life in visa advice settings, many in and around higher education - including, indeed, a stint on a government working group on post study work - I was also more than delighted to see its return.
UK PLC's offering in the global market place of education has been reduced through the lack of meaningful post study work opportunities, not even as a means to settle, but merely as a way to contextualise a qualification with graduate work exposure or building the international links, partnerships and soft-power connections and reciprocities with which those well-versed in the returns of the international higher education space are familiar. From this point of view alone, it is much needed.
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