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UK universities should be closely monitoring the experiences of international students after a major survey found an uptick in the number of them expressing dissatisfaction with their courses, sector experts have warned.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) Graduate Outcomes survey – published last week – found that the majority of graduates from UK universities view their outcomes positively, but there were slight changes in graduate perceptions compared with the last iteration of the study.

Differences were sharper among international students, particularly those from outside the European Union, although Hesa cautioned that the response rate for this group halved in the past year following the decision to survey them online only.

Of non-EU graduates from 2020-21, 70 per cent said they were utilising what they had learned – down from 76 per cent in 2019-20.

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