British universities could lose out on millions of pounds annually in fees from foreign students if immigration policies are not changed, senior education figures have warned the prime minister.
Government crackdowns on immigration could lead to overseas students going elsewhere for their higher education, according to a group of 68 chancellors, governors and university presidents.
In a letter to David Cameron, they claim that the UK attracts around one in 10 students who study outside their home country, generating around £8bn a year in tuition fees.
It echoes warnings from Professor Eric Thomas, president of Universities UK and vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol, earlier this month, when he claimed that recent visa changes could deter foreign students.
Thomas said he planned to write to the prime minister urging him to class international students as temporary rather than permanent migrants.