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Russell Group calls for ‘light-touch’ immigration system for academics

Any future immigration system must support UK universities in attracting and retaining researchers, academics and technical experts from anywhere in the world, the Russell Group has said.

In a statement on 7 June, the Russell Group of 24 research-intensive universities proposed a separate light-touch immigration route for academic, research and specialist technical positions. This system would prioritise PhD-holders coming to the UK to fill highly skilled positions.

The group said the government should acknowledge that earnings thresholds alone “are not fit for purpose as a proxy for the level of skill and specialisation necessary to undertake research and teaching roles in universities”.

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