On Tuesday 27 June, Trinity Laban students, alumni and staff came together at the House of Commons to promote the importance and value of international staff and students.
London MPs, peers and council leaders heard that international students and staff will be key to the future prosperity of London post-Brexit. Among other things, they heard that:
- London has the most international students of any city in the world
- There are over 100,000 studying in London, making up about a quarter of the total higher education student population
- International students in London support over 70,000 jobs in the capital
- They generate nearly £3 billion every year for the capital’s economy
Catherine West MP said: “Higher Education’s EU and international exports play a vital part in London’s society and economy. International students bring new ideas and energy, and add to the culture and diversity of the city whilst creating crucial global networks for our own students.”
Three Trinity Laban students and alumni followed the speeches with a unique, improvised performance. Guitarist Stefan Melovski and the Mattalia Violin Duo (Matthew Norriss and Natalia Wierzbicka) performed on innovative “spider silk” instruments, made by Imperial College London graduate Luca Alessandrino, and designed to harness the resonant properties of spider silk and resin in order to create more environmentally sustainable instruments. Their performance fascinated and impressed the influential audience.
Trinity Laban is enormously proud of its large and inclusive community of international students and staff, creating a vibrant and culturally diverse atmosphere in which to learn and work. For more information visit https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/student-life/international-students