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Probing government policy on STEM and immigration in higher education

April 18, 2000
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    MT @jlush2 Willets & Green to give evidence to Lords S&T sub-cttee on HE in STEM #scipolicy #loveHE #rcuk -in an hour
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 09:30:03
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    Damian Green has arrived to tell the sci/tech committee about STEM in HE and immigration policy #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:22:59
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    Green: immigration policies are not a barrier to STEM. No evidence for this. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:27:36
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    Willis: do you have a responsibility to attract ppl who will drive economic growth? Green: yes, v concerned abt quality #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:32:07
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    Willis: 30-35% reduction in Indian engineering students at Uni of Manchester bc of immigration policy. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:34:29
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    As minister of immigration, Green has to have one of the hardest jobs in govt. Committee not really grilling yet tho #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:36:34
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    Carolyn Bartlett: data from individual unis on immigrant student numbers not immediately available. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:38:59
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    Green: you’ll never hear a gov minister say anything other than we want the best, but that msg isn’t always getting out #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:40:47
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    .@AdamCommentism They should give Julia King a go at him #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:41:02
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    @jlush2 Baroness Neuberger is up now, hitting him with the numbers provided by King! #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:44:32
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    @AdamCommentism Me and the Baroness are like *that* #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:45:32
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    Green anecdote: India is full of private immigration agents who have financial interest in saying it’s hard to get to UK. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:42:51
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    Bartlett and Green showing growing Uni numbers across the board, Willis saying keep it to STEM. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:46:30
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    The grill heats up #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:46:43
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    Green admits he finds it surprising that unis don’t know their student numbers in real time. A question for Willetts?! #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:47:30
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    Lord Winston: US immigration officials welcome me with ‘hey doc!’; top US scientists are grilled on arrival here. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:51:41
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    Green ‘puzzled’ by the mass anecdotage of bad experiences with immigration. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:52:56
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    Green doesn’t like “massive anecdotage”. Sorry? #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:53:32
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    Lord Lucas whips out a key question – why call student visitors ‘migrants’? Australia doesn’t! #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:54:26
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    Baroness Perry asking for confirmation that the Uni sector doesn’t collect subject-based stats. Green confirms. Shocker. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 10:58:21
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    Lord Broers: maybe we need to send our immigration officials off to charm school. <BBC fly-on-the-wall docu pls! #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:05:44
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    There’s a fair amount of dodging going on here. Is student immigration of most interest to Home Office, BIS or unis? #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:11:46
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    @AdamCommentism All three, I’d imagine, and for very different reasons …
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:20:40
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    Green just confused the lords and baronesses on whether there is or should be a student immigration limit. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:14:40
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    Green and Bartlett gone. Now waiting for David Willetts – will he take the topics passed along by Green? #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:17:29
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    Willetts arrives… #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:21:35
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    Willetts describing an explosion of information over next few years for potential STEM students. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:25:21
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    Willetts: v sharp incentives for research and not for teaching. But this autumn’s changes are improving that. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:26:53
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    Willetts: societies eg Society of Biology good at accrediting courses and assuring quality. Better than QAA? #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:30:37
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    Willetts: through this year’s HE changes we’re actually increasing the amount of cash for teaching modestly. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:33:46
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    Broers: there’s little industry involvement in setting HE curricula – is that right? Willetts would prob like more. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:37:35
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    Willetts: I can imagine a situation where a uni says ‘Rolls Royce endorses our course’ – more of that to come and a good thing too #loveHE
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:39:22
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    Willetts recommends engineering firms pay employees as good as the City pays. Great idea, if damn obvious. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:43:45
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    Neuberger: will you continue to support SIVs? Willetts: yes. #loveHE #scipolicy
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 11:47:37
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    Willetts: I’m wary of saying, study physics bc it’s in the national interest. But we can influence it. #scipolicy #loveHE
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 12:04:11
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    Wow. HEFCE says SIVS are defined by gov but Willetts says he’s never set them, nor has gov. who are the SIVS overlords? #scipolicy #loveHE
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 12:06:03
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    Willetts says the science budget maintains balance between the RCs at STEM inquiry. #scipolicy #loveHE
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 12:08:37
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    Willetts: gov will review the HE reforms. But he won’t commit to a timeframe. #scipolicy #loveHE
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 12:12:26
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    Green said collection of STEM student number stats was poor, Willetts says it’s cos it’s very hard to do. #scipolicy #loveHE
    Tue, Apr 17 2012 12:15:04
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