The following is a statement from De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) President Dan Winney regarding Home Secretary Amber Rudd's comments on Tuesday 4 October regarding international students.
DSU are shocked with the comments from Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, made yesterday when she announced plans to crack down on the 'generous' arrangements for students from abroad, saying they could be blocked from jobs if courses are not high enough quality.
Her comments are disheartening in particular saying that current rules 'treated every student and university as equal' and that the Government would look at “'tougher rules for students on low quality courses'.
At DSU, we pride ourselves with having a union which has a diverse membership and celebrate the many different nationalities and cultures we have here on campus. I have made many lifelong friends from around the world whilst I have been at De Montfort University (DMU) and this has massively enhanced my university experience.
We value the positive impact international students and staff have within our community and therefore we stand in unity with the university, to reassure students that we completely disagree with the comments made yesterday.
In November, DSU will be holding a week centred on celebrating the vast array of nations represented here on campus. With a chance to sample food from around the world, learn about different cultures and provide an opportunity for all students to come together in unity.
We will also be setting up focus groups with international students to find out how DSU can enhance their student experience.
Dan spoke at DMU's Welcome Event for international students during International Welcome Week.