Useful Information

Please see the below sources and reports highlighting useful information and statistics of relevance to the ExEdUK campaign. Please click on the title to access the document.

Education and British Soft Power – the unexplored connection

Publication Date:13 February 2014

Authors: Commissioned by ExEdUK and conducted by Wild ReSearch

Snapshot: Research into the issue of education and British soft power which is aimed to spur more in depth research to ensure the that the UK is fully able to harness the soft (and economic) power of education.

International Education Strategy: global growth and prosperity

Publication Date: 29 July 2013

Authors: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Snapshot: International Education Sector Industrial Strategy, one of a number of industrial strategies undertaken by BIS. It indicates that education exports are currently worth £17.5 billion to the UK economy and aims to secure an extra £3 billion worth of contracts for the UK’s education providers overseas and 90,000 extra university students by 2018 through working with the industry.

Competing Globally: Understanding the decision making processes of prospective international students

Publication Date: May 2013

Authors: Hobsons Education Solutions Company

Snapshot: Survey of 70,000 prospective international students who had enquired to UK universities about their perceptions and expectations of study. Of the 5,487 respondents, only 6% indicated they wanted to settle in the UK post study.

Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) analysis of Coalition Government Immigration Policy on International Students

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Publication Date: Various in May 2013

Authors: Sarah Mulley (Associate Director, IPPR) Alice Sachrajda (Research Fellow, IPPR)

Snapshot: Commentary by IPPR on the affect of Coalition Government immigration policy, particularly net migration targets, on international students opting for the UK and discussion of issues including bogus students, Stem subjects, our international competitors and the economic benefits of international students to UK plc.

UK Tourism Statistics 2013

Publication Date: 18 March 2013

Authors: Tourism Alliance

Snapshot: International students studying in the UK often have a number of visitors from overseas – this report highlights the spend of inbound tourists to the UK.

Australia – Educating Globally

Publication Date: 27 February 2013

Authors: Australian International Education Council (AIEC)

Snapshot: A report which sets out 35 recommendations for increasing the competitiveness of Australia’s international education. The Australian Government is considering the Council’s report which will help inform the development of a five year strategy in Australian education. The report comments that as a result of a surge in visa applications in 2009, the United Kingdom have introduced significant changes to its visa programme with the aim of reducing the number of student visas granted by 25% by 2015.

The Economic Benefits of International Students to the U.S. Economy Academic Year 2011-2012

Publication Date: January 2013

Authors: Association of International Educators

Snapshot: The most recent annual detailed regional, state-by-state, and congressional district analysis on the economic benefits of spending by international students and their dependents into the U.S. economy. The report estimates that international students and their dependents contributed approximately $21.81 billion (not using the ‘multiplier effect’) to the U.S. economy during the 2011-2012 academic year. In the same academic year, the research suggests that 700,000 international students created or supported 300,000 U.S. jobs (100,000 direct and 200,000 indirect).

The Economic Costs and Benefits of International Students

Publication Date: January 2013

Authors: Commissioned by Sheffield University and conducted by Oxford Economics

Snapshot: A report qualifying the economic costs and benefits of international students at Sheffield-based universities to the local economy at both the regional (Yorkshire & the Humber) and sub-regional (Sheffield) levels. Indicates that international students will make a net total contribution to Sheffield’s GDP of £120.3 million in 2012/13.

Exporting Education UK: Student Survey Results

Publication Date: 19 December 2012

Authors: Commissioned by ExEdUK and conducted by OC&C Strategy Consultants

Snapshot: The first survey examines international student spend while in the UK and the second survey looks at Chinese students considering international HE destinations.

Education: A Great British Export?  

Publication Date: March 2012

Authors: Graham Able, Fraser White, Wild Research (founding members of ExEdUK)

Snapshot: Highlights the economic value of the exporting education sector to UK plc, maps our international competitors, highlights demand from emerging markets and makes recommendations to Government.

Thinking Behind the Numbers: Understanding Public Opinion on Immigration in Britain

Publication Date: 16 October 2011

Authors: The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford

Snapshot: Survey asking a series of questions about immigration and immigrants over 2-8 September 2011. The research highlighted that when thinking about immigration, respondents were least likely to think of international students (29%) and that there is only minority support for reducing immigration of students (31% for university students; 32% for further education students; and 33% English language students).

Estimating the Value to the UK of Education Exports (Research Paper Number 46)

Publication Date: June 2011

Authors: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Snapshot: Estimates the value of education exports, both FE and HE, to the UK economy at £14.1 billion in 2008/09.



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