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Industry stakeholders are warning that the impact UK dependent ban for taught masters students will potentially disadvantage female students most.

Full details of the planned policy change, to be implemented from January 2024, are yet to be revealed as the official statement of changes has not yet been published.

Jamie Arrowsmith, director of Universities UK International, responded to the announcement, highlighting the concerns, saying, “While the vast majority of students will be unaffected by proposals that limit the ability to be accompanied by dependents, more information is needed on the programs that are in scope before a proper assessment of the impact can be made.

“We do know that any changes are likely to have a disproportionate impact on women and students from certain countries.”

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