University monitoring proposed changes to visas and immigration

The University is proud of our welcoming and inclusive environment for our international staff and student community, where we work together to address global challenges and share diverse perspectives

Beech Grove Plaza in a sunny day.

Leeds is a vibrant and multicultural city, our 14,000 international students from 137 countries make our campus one of the most diverse and multicultural in the UK. 

We understand and share the concerns expressed by staff at Leeds and across the sector following the government’s recent proposals for changes to visas and immigration. These may cause personal distress to individual colleagues and their families, impact our ability to attract and retain global talent, and dissuade international students from coming to the UK. 

The University is closely monitoring developments and will scrutinise the detail of the proposed changes as it emerges, working with the Russell Group and Universities UK to understand the full impact of these changes and lobby for potential changes and exemptions.  

Our priority will always be to ensure that our international community continues to feel supported and valued. 

We will provide clear and timely information for staff and students as soon as it becomes available.  

In the meantime, any colleague who has an immediate query can email the International HR team at  

Students with immediate queries can contact the SIS or email

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