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Successful Turing Scheme applicants welcome funding

Successful applicants across the UK have welcomed more than £96 million of grants provided for international education and training experiences under the government’s new Turing Scheme.
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Some 363 approved applications were announced last month, providing funding for more than 40,000 proposed overseas placements in 159 countries during the 2020-21 academic year.

Durham University

Among those institutions and organisations celebrating being offered a grant is Durham University, after submitting a bid which focused on increasing participation from under-represented groups of students.

“The Turing Scheme expands opportunities for many of our students by providing significant experience overseas, which will enhance their future employability prospects and provide them with valuable life skills,” said Professor Claire O’Malley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global).

“I look forward to seeing the opportunities the Turing Scheme will bring, both to individuals and to the University.”

Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University was also successful in its application, much to the delight of Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrea Nolan.

“We have a long history of both widening participation and global mobility at Edinburgh Napier and it will be fantastic to be able to provide yet more opportunities for students from all backgrounds to experience some time abroad as part of this exciting new scheme,” she said.

Nottingham College

Up to 100 students from Nottingham College will be given once-in-a-lifetime overseas work experience opportunities after the college secured more than £250,000 in funding.

“Exposure to other countries, other economies and diverse cultures can be truly inspiring and career-defining. These opportunities will equip our students with new skills, greater awareness and experience and above all, confidence to go out there and find opportunities to make their mark in the world,” said Interim Chief Executive Martin Sim.

Escomb Primary School

Several schools from County Durham will share more than £300,000 in grants after Durham County Council’s International Relations Team supported their applications.

Wendy Gill, headteacher at Escomb Primary School, in Bishop Auckland, said: “It will provide children with an opportunity to travel and experience first-hand another country and its culture; giving them a greater awareness of the world in which they live.

“Hopefully it will have a lasting impact and will encourage children to broaden their horizons and want to travel and learn new languages as young adults.”

Visit our Turing Scheme Funding Results page for information about applications approved during the inaugural funding round.