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Universities: Intellectual Property

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL482, tabled on 28 October 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is given to UK universities about the risk of (1) hostile state actors, and (2) a reliance on funding from Chinese students and the theft of research and intellectual property from campuses.

Answered on

5 November 2019

The government has developed bespoke advice, as part of the Trusted Research campaign, which will help UK universities and research institutions make informed decisions about international collaboration and, in doing so, protect their intellectual property, sensitive research and personal information. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) continue to work closely with the academic sector to improve their security practices and help protect academic establishments from threats.

The government welcomes international students to study in the UK. We recognise that they enhance our educational institutions both financially and culturally. They enrich the experience of domestic students and they become important ambassadors for the UK in later life. In the recently published ‘International Education Strategy’, the government set out its ambition to increase the number of international students in the UK to 600,000. This is underpinned by measures to support the sector to attract students from all over the globe, including the recently announced Graduate Route, which will enable institutions to recruit on a sustainable basis.