http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngBy David Matthews. As long as applicants fulfil language, qualifications and maintenance criteria, ‘they are welcome’, says BIS spokeswoman. 
Overseas students do not need to be the “brightest and best” to study in the UK, a government official has said, despite Home Office rhetoric on the issue. The phrase has been used repeatedly by ministers in relation to international students. While defending government policy on overseas students in June, Mark Harper, the immigration minister, said that the UK was “open for business” to the “brightest and best” migrants. More...