I don't want to detract from the very important post below (hope you are all signing up for the conference), but given my interest in international students I wanted to comment on this article in the Guardian.
The Vice-Chancellors of UK universities are critical of recent increases in international student visa fees, and are worried that the UK will 'lose out' in recruiting international students who will be put off by the expense and new immigration procedures. Now surely is the time for Ireland to exploit what could be a gap in the market. International students bring an enormous amount of benefits: financial, academic and cultural. Unfortunately, the visa requirements and fees leave much to be desired here (and the fee keeps increasing), but if they could be made simpler and cheaper why wouldn't students come here instead?