International students key to Hamilton

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley has called on the UK Government to scrap its proposal which seek to limit the number of international students studying in UK Universities.

Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate, the local MP highlighted the investment benefits of international students to the local economy in Hamilton.

She also highlighted the work that the University of West of Scotland are undertaking to attract more students to Hamilton in the joint-consultation with local MSP “Our Town, Your Voice”

Angela has campaigned alongside local Politicians, South Lanarkshire Council, the Business Improvement District & the community to keep UWS in Hamilton.

Unfortunately the UK Government policy is likely to drive students away from studying in Hamilton, at a time when we want to attract more students into our town centre.

Commenting after the debate, Angela said:

“UWS contributes significantly to our town centre and international students play a large part in that.

“Students from around the world moving to Scotland to study and are more likely to stay in the town centre and are more likely to shop and eat locally.

“They invest in our local economy and we rely on their investment. The work undertaken by Hamilton BID and the wider community to attract people into our town has been key.

“That’s why I have called on the UK Government to not to undermine our local efforts and allow international students to continue their contribution to Hamilton, Scotland and the UK.