Virtually a 3rd of college lecturers within the UK are from exterior the UK, based on figures printed by the Increased Schooling Statistics Company.
And virtually one in 5 is from a rustic within the European Union.
College leaders have been involved that Brexit will make it more durable to recruit and retain employees from the EU and all over the world.
There has additionally been a “important discount” in abroad college students within the newest migration figures.
Universities have warned that they rely on with the ability to recruit highly-mobile worldwide employees and college students – and these newest figures present the extent to which they could possibly be affected by modifications in immigration guidelines.
The evaluation of educational employees reveals that 29% are from exterior the UK – and in some areas, equivalent to engineering and know-how, non-UK lecturers account for 42% of employees.
In maths, physics and biology, 38% of employees are non-UK, with most of those from EU international locations.
When the schooling choose committee took proof from universities concerning the possible impression of Brexit, they heard fears that gifted and sought-after mathematicians from the EU may transfer elsewhere.
Prof Catherine Barnard, from the College of Cambridge, instructed MPs that her personal college had seen a 14% drop in functions this yr from EU college students – and warned of the chance of a perceived “anti-immigrant sentiment”.
Within the humanities, 35% of educational employees are from abroad, most of them from EU international locations, based on the Statistics Company figures.
There was additionally proof of a downturn in abroad college students coming to the UK, in figures printed by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics.
There was a fall of 41,000 recorded – with the decline largely amongst college students from Asia.
China accounts for the most important variety of abroad college students coming to the UK – adopted by the USA and India.
“There was a statistically important lower in non-EU long-term college students immigrating to the UK whereas a small enhance was seen within the variety of research visas issued,” stated Nicola White, head of Worldwide Migration Statistics on the ONS.
However there have been additionally questions on how pupil migration is measured and the way college students leaving the UK after their research could be precisely counted.
The ONS is planning to research this “important problem” and to introduce a brand new on-line pupil survey.
College leaders have campaigned to take away college students from web migration targets – and have warned of the monetary dangers if abroad college students are deterred.
Alistair Jarvis, deputy chief govt of Universities UK, stated a lot of the success of UK universities trusted the “capacity to draw gifted employees from all over the world”.
“The federal government should make sure that the UK is welcoming to EU and worldwide employees and that we will proceed to entry worthwhile and collaborative European analysis networks.”
Universities Minister Jo Johnson, writing to the upper schooling funding council, stated: “Abroad college students and employees, together with these from the EU, make an important contribution to our universities and we wish that to proceed.”