Government unveils new details for Erasmus replacement the Turing Scheme

Information on funding and eligibility has been published on a new website so that universities, colleges and schools can prepare for the opening of the offers in spring.

It comes after the UK left the Erasmus program as part of Brexit which means Scotland, England and Wales can no longer participate.

Instead, schools, colleges and universities can now access funding rates and admission criteria to replace the post-Brexit Erasmus exchange program.

The new website lists the £ 110 million Turing schemeThis will help UK students start working and internship abroad from September. It started before the applications opened in March.

The updated international education strategy, designed to help the education sector recover from the effects of the pandemic by promoting global opportunities, will work alongside the program.

The revised strategy, led by the Department of Education (DfE) and the Department of International Trade, reaffirms the government’s commitment to attracting at least 600,000 international students to the UK by 2030 and increasing the amount from education exports to £ 35 billion a year .

It also outlines plans for a new international teaching qualification (iQTS) so that teachers around the world can train to national standards and support the growing international demand for quality teaching.

University Secretary Michelle Donelan said: “In these unprecedented times, a proactive global education agenda is more important than ever so that we can better recover from the pandemic.

“Our world-class education is an integral part of our economy and society. We want to support universities, schools, colleges and all aspects of the education sector to be successful worldwide.

“We are committed to ensuring that our students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, can benefit from studying and working abroad.

“Working with the British Council, we will open the globe to our young people and I look forward to seeing the exciting and enriching opportunities that the Turing Program will offer.”

The Turing program is aimed at students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

David Hughes, Executive Director of the Association of Colleges (AoC) said, “The Turing Program opens the door to work and study for students. This is an important part of “improving” the life chances of all of our young people – regardless of their background. “

However, University and College (UCU) Secretary General Jo Grady said the £ 110 million Turing program funding is approximately “£ 83 million less than the UK received from the Erasmus program”.

She said: “Opening up access to more students from disadvantaged backgrounds is a laudable goal, but it needs the resources to do so.

‘Erasmus also facilitated staff mobility and knowledge sharing, and contributed to the outward-looking, collaborative approach on which the success of our institutions is built.’

She added: “At the very least, the Turing program has to offer the same benefits that we received under programs like Erasmus if the government’s rhetoric is to be believed post-Brexit” global Britain. “

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President of Higher Education at the National Union of Students (NUS) added: “While the government is positive about improving opportunities for students with underrepresented backgrounds, we have yet to see them support it with funding achieve their goals.

“It is a farce that the program is non-reciprocal, offering overseas students the opportunity to do internships for student mobility in the UK and improve the international connections that all students in UK campuses have.”

She added, “The International Education Strategy is a positive commitment to broadening the international reach of UK education and increasing the number of international students coming to the UK. But we will need more than empty platitudes to achieve the ambitious goals they set. “


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