July 3

Talent spotting


We slip more and more into George Orwell's 1984, with a new Office for Talent to be set up by No. 10 with oversight across government departments.  Their remit, according to their press release, is to "ensure the UK’s talent offer is stronger than ever for students, those building their careers, and those who are already world leaders in their fields, and will make it easier for those with the most talent, potential, energy and creativity to come to the UK from around the world."

A new Research and Development Roadmap, published on 01 July, will "power up economic recovery and level up the UK." I'm not sure I know what that means in plain English, but apparently it is to do with attracting global talent and cutting red tape, both of which are, of course, to be welcomed.

Students, too - for long the villains in the Home Office they-come-on-short-term-visas-and-then-never-leave narrative, are to benefit from this search for global talent, with PhD students able to live and work in the UK for three years after they complete their degree, and students who complete undergraduate and master's degrees able to stay in the UK to live and work for two years.  A return, then, to the Post Study Work visa of yesteryear.


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