Since 2014, UK universities have hired over 400 Indian experts as academic staff

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In 2014-15, there were 2,195 academic staff of Indian nationality in UK universities. The number has progressively increased over the years to reach 2,620 in 2017-18, reflecting their talent as well as dwindling talent in some disciplines in the UK and Europe.

Over 400 Indian experts in various disciplines – such as engineering, medicine, mathematics – have been recruited by British universities since 2014 to teach and conduct research, latest figures show.

These are academics with Indian citizenship, according to figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) released on Friday. They include several who came to the UK as postgraduate students and went on to join faculties.

In 2014-15, there were 2,195 academic staff of Indian nationality in UK universities. The number has progressively increased over the years to reach 2,620 in 2017-18, reflecting their talent as well as dwindling talent in some disciplines in the UK and Europe.

To recruit a non-EU expert or professional, employers have to carry out a ‘resident labour market test’ to demonstrate that there are no suitable candidates in the UK and Europe for the position advertised in at least two notices.

In 2017-18, the disciplines with the largest number of staff with Indian nationality were engineering and technology (675), biological, mathematical and physical sciences (665), medicine, dentistry and health (565) and social studies (265).

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