APPG for International Students

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)
  • Mark Logan MP (Secretary)
  • Baroness Uddin (Treasurer)
  • Alison Thewliss MP (Vice-Chair, Scotland)
  • Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe (Vice-Chair)
  • Lord David Willetts (Vice-Chair)
  • Baroness Garden of Frognal (Co-Chair)
  • Ben Lake MP (Vice-Chair, Wales)

APPG Members