Statement of Purpose

To recognise the internationalisation and global prominence of UK education; promote the value of international students to UK education, economy and ‘soft power’; raise awareness of issues which affect international students and UK education; and provide a platform for collaboration between parliamentarians, international education institutions and professionals and business leaders.

Key goals

  • Promote the local, regional and national value of international education, emphasising the importance of international students to employment and educational opportunities at a local level.
  • Promote the value of international students to the internationalisation of UK institutions and students, to the soft power of the UK abroad and to their home countries when they return with an internationalised education.
  • Provide a forum for discussion of the international student experience and sustainable approaches to internationalisation in the UK education sector.
  • Examine and respond to policy proposals and changes in regulation which might have a negative impact on the international education sector and its students.
  • Develop policies which would enhance the international student experience and the position of the UK in the global education market.


APPG Officers  

Paul Blomfield MP (Co-Chair and Registered Contact)

Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea (Co-Chair)

Ben Howlett MP (Secretary)

Baroness Uddin (Treasurer)

Geoffrey Robinson MP (Vice-Chair)

Alison Thewliss MP (Vice-Chair)

Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe (Vice-Chair)

Click here to view the full list of MPs and Peers who are members of the APPG for International Students.


Exporting Education UK and Independent Higher Education

Exporting Education UK is a cross sector group of UK organisations involved in international education who have come together to promote the value of the sector to the UK and its contribution to the UK’s long term competitiveness in the global economy.

Independent Higher Education coordinates Exporting Education UK on behalf of the international education sector. Independent HE is the UK membership organisation and national representative body for independent providers of higher education, professional training and pathways.


This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these webpages are those of the group.

ACS International Schools
Alpha Plus
Assoc of Colleges
Astrum Education
BAISIS (British Association of Independent Schools)
British Accreditation Council
Cambridge Education Group
English UK
Funding for Independent Schools
IDP Education
Independent Higher Education
Independent Schools Council
Independent Schools Inspectorate
INTO University Partnerships
Mander Portman Wood
Minerva Education
SAE Education Ltd
Sotheby’s Institute of Art • A Division of Cambridge Information Group
Study Group
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