More disadvantaged students than ever will work or study around the world thanks to the government’s Turing program


Around 20,000 disadvantaged students from schools, colleges and universities are set to travel around the world to work and study as the Turing scheme continues to deliver on the government’s commitment to leveling out opportunities across the UK.

Now entering its second year, 38,000 students, learners and pupils will have the opportunity to study and work abroad – 52% of whom will be from disadvantaged backgrounds, up from 48% last year.

Students participating in the scheme, which replaced the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme, will have the opportunity to undertake studies, school exchanges and work placements in more than 150 international destinations, including the United States, Japan, Canada, Thailand and South Africa.

More than 130 universities, 116 further education providers and 70 schools will receive a share of £105m in grants following a highly competitive application process across the industry.

Disadvantaged students will see more opportunities, helping to boost social mobility for regional areas, which previously benefited less from the Erasmus+ programme. This includes the North East of England, with 22 providers, including universities, schools and colleges in this region, which will receive a share of the funding.

The announcement builds on the success of the first year of the program which saw UK students embark on journeys to every corner of the world, from Iceland to Indonesia.

Projects this year have included digital technology students from New Bridge College, Oldham – which specializes in supporting students with special educational needs – traveling to Chicago, USA, to visit the headquarters of Apple to inspire and support their career aspirations.

This week, Skills Minister Alex Burghart visited Newcastle College in Newcastle to hear from students who have traveled to Malta and northern Italy this year under the Turing scheme to support their studies in the areas of sports, uniformed public services, travel and tourism and health.

Skills Minister Alex Burghart said:

I am delighted that after a successful launch year, the Turing program now offers more disadvantaged students than ever the opportunity to embark on their own journey around the world.

It was fantastic to hear directly from Newcastle College students how their placements in Malta and Italy not only helped them with their studies, but also allowed them to travel outside the UK and experience independence. .

This government wants to open up these opportunities to more students in regions that have lost out under Erasmus+ so that students of all ages can embrace different cultures, make new friends and gain new knowledge. I hope that next year’s workshops will be just as inspiring.

Funding is not capped per country and will therefore benefit students at all levels of the education system across the UK, including thousands of students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Other successful projects for the next year include proposed cultural exchanges in Japan, Mauritius, South Korea and Nepal for a university with 83% disadvantaged students among its population.

Jamie Arrowsmith, Deputy Director for Policy and Global Engagement and incoming Acting Director, Universities UK International, said:

International experience has the power to change lives. The Turing program offers students from all corners of the education sector in the UK the opportunity to study, train and volunteer abroad for short or long periods which can fit the existing commitments and program requirements.

The focus on widening access to students from non-traditional backgrounds is a real strength of the UK program and we are pleased to see this year’s increase in grant allocation to support students from backgrounds. less advantaged, demonstrating the strong commitment of the UK government and UK higher education providers to widening access.

Funding from the Turing program enables universities to develop innovative new partnerships with organizations around the world, as well as to maintain strategically important relationships internationally. It is important that future funding for the program supports the scale of UK students’ appetite for international experiences, to maximize the transformative potential of the programme.

Emma Meredith, director of the Association of Colleges International, said:

In its first year alone, the Turing program has offered truly global and unique opportunities for continuing education students across the UK.

Student testimonials testify to the tremendous power of international mobility as a catalyst for the development of personal and technical skills.

I am so happy that even more students are benefiting in year 2, especially those for whom working and studying abroad would simply not be accessible without the Turing program and the support of their university. Congratulations to all successful projects.


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