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The UK has a long-standing reputation for tolerance, academic freedom and a positive attitude towards migration, parts of which has been dented in some eyes by the UK’s separation from the EU. But recent Government policy interventions – e.g. continued association with the Horizon Europe research programme, and promotion of student mobility through the Turing programme – confirm that the UK remains committed to global education and attracting the most talented students and academics from around the world.
The UK’s revamped immigration policy includes a variety of measures designed to encourage international students to study in the UK. The launch of the Graduate Route visa means international doctoral students will be able to work or look for work after their studies for up to 3 years. Applicants will not need a job offer to apply for the route and there will be no minimum salary requirements nor caps on numbers. Graduates on the route will be able to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career as required. Those intending to pursue a longer term career in the UK post-PhD are likely to benefit from an expansion of the Global Talent route to a UK visa and from a skilled worker points-based visa which means individuals holding a PhD and with an offer of a job with a fair wage should have no problems in entering the UK to work.
The market for Economists is a global one and UK universities are working hard to strengthen their global presence and influence, including delivering a more welcoming offer to international students. Most important though is that UK universities offer the highest quality training. UK Economics, with its highly-ranked universities, will ensure that this remains the case and that its doctoral students receive the quality education they desire and which will deliver interesting and rewarding careers in the UK or internationally.