University shortlisted for trio of awards recognising support for international students

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  • Groundbreaking campaign to highlight value of international students shortlisted for honour
  • Students' Union International Officer and second year law student both recognised

A pioneering campaign led by the University of Sheffield to highlight the crucial value of international students to the UK has been shortlisted for a national award.

The ground breaking #weareinternational campaign has been nominated in the Internationalising the Student Experience category at the National Union of Students (NUS) and UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) Internationalisation Awards.

The University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union International Officer Alex Kohnert has been shortlisted as International Officer of the Year, while second year Law student Peggy Lim has been nominated for International Student of the Year in recognition of her enthusiastic support of student societies.

The winners will be announced at the Warwick Integration Summit on Tuesday 6 May.

International Officer Alex Kohnert said: “I am very proud that the work being done by students in Sheffield is being recognised in this way.Selfie

“Sheffield has always had a warm welcome for international students, and we are glad of the difference we make in the city and to the UK. When you bring students to new places, to learn, to study, to grow as people, you change the direction of their future. And when they go back to their home countries, you change the direction of countries.

“The transformational power of education is without parallel in the world. These issues don’t just matter to international students, they matter to students from the UK too. No one person or country in this modern world can afford to be an island. We are one community.”

The nominations follow the news that the #weareinternational campaign, which was jointly founded by the University of Sheffield’s Vice-Chancellor and the Students’ Union President, has now been backed by 100 universities, education institutions and international organisations.

The campaign is proving to be more vital than ever as the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) earlier this month announced international student applications to the UK have fallen for the first time in 30 years.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the hard work of our international students is being recognised by national bodies which represent both home and overseas students.

“Together with our Students’ Union, we are speaking up for the tremendous power of international students to make a difference in our university and for the UK, as well as when they return to their own countries. From the economic benefits international students bring to our city to the vital contribution they make to our NHS, we are truly proud of our international community.”

Additional information

  • A report from HEFCE published on 2 April 2014 revealed that the number of international students studying on UK higher education institutions has fallen for the first time in 30 years, with a 25% reduction in students from India. http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/newsarchive/2014/news86922.html
  • According to the UK Council for International Student Affairs, the UK welcomes over 400,000 international students annually. Overseas students make up 14 per cent of full-time first degree students and 46 per cent of all taught postgraduates.
  • A report commissioned for the Department of Business, Industry and Skills estimates that the total value of UK education and training exports to the UK economy is £14 billion, with a projection that this could rise as high as £26 billion by 2025. Estimating the value to the UK of Education Exports - http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/higher-education/docs/e/11-980-estimating-value-of-education-exports.pdf
  • International students also make a huge contribution to the economic prosperity of city regions across the UK. An independent study of the net economic contribution of international students carried out by Oxford Economics for the University of Sheffield concluded international students provided £120 million to the city region annually, equivalent to 10 per cent of inward investment - https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.259052!/file/sheffield-international-students-report.pdf

The University of Sheffield

With almost 25,000 of the brightest students from around 120 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

In 2011 it was named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards and in the last decade has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline and Siemens, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

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