“And foreign students, even those studying English language degrees, don’t even have to be proficient in speaking English” (Rudd takes aim at students in bid for lower immigration, 5 October). Setting aside Amber Rudd’s own sloppy use of English, perhaps the home secretary could consult Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook to find put how university offers to “foreign students” are made. What is “this one-size-fits-all approach” that Ms Rudd invokes? While universities are in principle autonomous and have discretion on entry criteria, the reality for foreign students, as for all others, is that recognised qualifications in English and maths are obligatory, whether through GCSE grades A-C, International English Language Testing System scores, access diplomas, or equivalences recognised by the UK’s National Academic Recognition Information Centre. Should it be the case that some higher education institutions waive such English and maths conditions, Rudd might wish to look at the UK’s private universities, whose growth has been encouraged by HE minister Jo Johnson and his predecessors.Bruce Ross-SmithOxford
• Amber Rudd’s speech was the most depressing and dispiriting speech I’ve heard in many long years. She’s hellbent on shrinking the UK and its stature in the world by a profoundly misconceived illusion that she’s strengthening it. Instead of diminishing the old idea of “foreigners” in today’s more closely connected world, Rudd is giving the word “foreign” new energy. And in doing so she’s building the potential for increasing isolation that will inevitably mean a far-reaching range of both cultural and economic impoverishments. Soon our great universities will weaken in their influence and their skills, as they become undesirable and potentially hostile destinations for those from other nations. Both students and professors, as well many of our doctors and nurses, will prefer to work in more welcoming and grateful nations. By creating registers of foreigners, Rudd will be steadily instilling a climate of inhospitality and fear, both of which are out of character with the spirit of the UK and contrary to its interests.Michael WolffLondon
• In the 18th and 19th centuries the forebears of Theresa May and Amber Rudd swarmed with impunity into vast swaths of Africa and Asia as well as large chunks of the Americas. Once there they did exactly what they wanted, with no questions asked. It is a fair bet that a large chunks of the Conservative party still hankers after a world map coloured mainly red. On what moral basis therefore do this pair assert that immigration to the UK in our century should be strictly limited? Maybe the EU at least has got it ethically right by promoting free movement between its member states?Robin WendtChester
• It would be nice if our government was as exercised by trying to ensure that fewer British people as brilliant as the lately announced 2016 Nobel physics laureates want to base themselves in foreign universities (Report, 5 October) as it seems to be by trying to ensure that fewer foreign people boost our balance of payments, enrich us intellectually and raise our standing in the word by basing themselves in British universities.Professor Jimmy LenmanUniversity of Sheffield
• Will Amber Rudd’s desire for British jobs for British workers and, I would assume, their families be followed by an equivalent passion for British tax for British home secretaries and their families (Family affair: Questions over home secretary’s former firm, 5 October)?Jan WiczkowskiManchester
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