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BIS report shows Tier 4 changes damaged UK FE sector

8 May 2013

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has released a report assessing the economic benefits of Tier 4 students to FE colleges and to the country more broadly, and the effects on colleges of the 2011 changes to Tier 4. Read the report here.

While Study UK welcomes the increasing awareness in Government of the benefits that international students bring to the UK, we are concerned to see that the research confirms that changes to Tier 4 have had a significant negative impact on the UK’s further education sector. The research shows not only that the increased restrictions on Tier 4 learners have led to lower student recruitment numbers and a loss of a significant amount of income for colleges, but that some colleges have reduced their overall course offer as they no longer have sufficient numbers to run these, creating a negative impact on individuals in their local communities that may want to take these courses.

Although the research concentrates on publicly funded colleges, similar effects of the Tier 4 changes are being felt amongst independent providers. Study UK shares the concerns of public FE colleges that continuation of current Government policies will have a significant long-term negative impact on the cultural and economic benefits which our sectors bring to the UK, as well as damaging the reputation of the UK among international students in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Read The Pie News story on the report, quoting Study UK, here.

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