Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

27 JUL 2017

Cuban Students

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the Open University's use of a restricted countries list in its application process.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Department for Education is of interest:

The Open University is an autonomous institution and it is for them to make decisions about how best to meet the needs of their students and structure their workforce. As such, the Secretary of State has not held any meetings with the Open University regarding its use of a restricted countries list in its application process. However, higher education institutions are responsible for meeting their legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010.
The UK welcomes international students and the number of international students studying at UK universities are at record highs. There were over 170,000 entrants to UK higher education institutions for the sixth year running. The latest Home Office data shows that university-sponsored visa applications have increased by around 11 per cent since 2011.
International students make an important contribution to the UK's higher education sector, both economically and culturally. There remains no limit to the number of international students who can come to the UK to study.

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