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Why international students are choosing the UK – despite coronavirus

Jenna Mittelmeier, University of Manchester; Miguel Antonio Lim, University of Manchester, and Sylvie Lomer, University of Manchester Despite early predictions that the coronavirus pandemic would cause international student numbers to decline, the UK is set for a record increase, with enrolments from non-EU international students up 9% this academic year. Universities had feared that a…

Will the UK really join the CPTPP free-trade bloc in Asia-Pacific?

Michael Plouffe, UCL The news that Japan and the UK have reached a trade agreement in principle was heralded by the government and British press as a landmark for the UK’s post-Brexit trade ambitions. In contrast with British exuberance, the Japanese response has been rather muted, with the agreement viewed as generally comparable to the…

Lessons from the gig economy for transforming public services

Ursula Huws, University of Hertfordshire Even before the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, major upheavals were taking place in the UK labour market. Between 2016 and 2019, the number of people working for online platforms such as Deliveroo and TaskRabbit doubled from 4.7% of the adult population to 9.6% – the equivalent of 5.5 million…

Academic Freedom in the UK – Protecting viewpoint diversity

Britain’s universities are world-leading. Yet there is growing concern that academic freedom in these institutions is being undermined in a way that departs from the liberal traditions and democratic norms of British society. This paper by the Policy Exchange and written by Remi Adekoya, Eric Kaufmann, and Thomas Simpson uses one of the largest representative samples…

After the Golden Age: Resetting UK-China Engagement

In line with the theme of one of our recent webinars, a new British Foreign Policy Group report, by Sophia Gaston and Professor Rana Mitter OBE, calls for a fundamental reset in the UK’s relations with China and sets out a conceptual framework for the British Government to develop a UK-China Engagement Strategy. The report…