- More than 120 universities across the UK have awarded grants under the Â£ 110million Turing program – along with more than 200 schools and colleges
- 48% of participants will come from disadvantaged backgrounds as the program increases opportunities in all parts of the UK
- USA, Australia and South Korea among more than 150 countries students supported to work and study
40,000 students will be able to study and work abroad thanks to the UK government’s new Turing program, with universities and schools to be notified this week that their funding offers have been successful.
More than 120 UK universities, as well as schools and higher education institutions across the country, will receive grants from the Turing program of Â£ 110million – which will see 48% of places awarded to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Under the new global program, Canada, Japan and the United States are among more than 150 international destinations where UK students will be funded to work and study, alongside popular European countries like Germany and France. .
At the heart of the UK government’s post-Brexit vision is the ambition to create a truly global Britain where we learn, work and interact with countries far beyond the borders of Europe. The Turing Scheme, which replaced the UK’s participation in Erasmus +, offers young people the opportunity to work and study abroad, while strengthening our links with international partners.
The program also aims to improve social mobility across the UK by targeting areas that have experienced low use of the Erasmus + program, notably in the Midlands and the North of England – the education providers of the West Midlands being supposed to receive the most funding.
UK Government Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
The chance to work and learn in a country far from home is a unique opportunity – one that broadens minds, sharpens skills and improves results.
But so far, it has been an opportunity disproportionately taken advantage of by those from the most privileged backgrounds. The Turing Scheme has welcomed a wide range of successful applications from schools and colleges across the country, reflecting our determination that the benefits of Global Britain are shared by all.
By strengthening our partnerships with the best institutions around the world, the Turing program is bringing the government’s post-Brexit vision to life and helping a new generation seize opportunities beyond Europe’s borders.
The ministers defined a series of measures to improve access to international opportunities through the program, including funding for travel and expenses such as passports and visas, as well as a subsidy for living expenses, in order to overcome the obstacles some students face in studying abroad.
Additional support was also guaranteed for preparatory visits to ensure that the courses meet the needs of participants with disabilities and with special educational needs.
UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said:
Living, studying and working abroad is an invaluable way to broaden the mind, learn new skills and experience different cultures. It’s great that this program gives Scottish students from all walks of life the opportunity to do internships all over the world.
The British government is working hard to create a truly global Britain, in which the benefits of improved relations with nations around the world are felt in all parts of the country. Turing’s program is a big step forward in achieving this goal.
UK Government Universities Minister Michelle Donelan said:
Our schools, colleges and universities have worked tirelessly to make this program a success, and I am grateful to them and their global partners who truly seized this opportunity for international collaboration.
I look forward to seeing the innovation and expertise our students, pupils and professional learners bring to this country from their travels around the world – from Canada to Japan and from Australia to the United States.
The total number of individual internships supported this year through the Â£ 110million scheme stands at over 40,000, exceeding the Department of Education’s own estimates. This includes 28,000 internships for university students, compared to just 18,300 under Erasmus + in the 2018/9 academic year.
The Turing program, announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson last year, is named after British war hero pioneer and father of modern computing Alan Turing, who studied abroad at the University of Princeton before deciphering the Enigma code during WWII.
Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, said:
The Turing program will create opportunities for thousands of students from across the country to gain experience by working and studying abroad. We know from the evidence we have gathered that students with such experience tend to do better academically and professionally – and that this is especially true for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
We want more students from a wider range of backgrounds to have these kinds of opportunities and believe that if they do, the UK economy will benefit in the long run.
David Hughes, CEO of the Association of Colleges, said:
The possibility of working, studying or competing abroad is so important for the life chances of all young people. It is encouraging to see colleges exploiting all that Turing has to offer, including newer colleges in international partnerships, exploring exchanges in a wide range of countries.
Student mobility will be crucial after the pandemic as the world reopens and learners from all walks of life have the opportunity to develop technical and personal skills, build self-confidence and experience other cultures.
The complete list of higher education institutions, schools and providers of higher education and vocational education and training receiving funding