Nicola Sturgeon slams UK's departure from Erasmus scheme
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The Turing scheme, named after mathematician and pioneer computer scientist Alan Turing, will replace the popular Erasmus scheme for students in the UK who want to spend part of their degree studying abroad. The UK turned down an offer to remain in the Erasmus scheme from the EU, during the final Brexit negotiations of 2020.
From Friday, the Government will begin inviting applications for the scheme.
Funding will be made available for 35,000 UK students to study at universities across the world.
The new scheme will provide funding “towards placements and exchanges” of students.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “We now have the chance to expand opportunities to study abroad and see more students from all backgrounds benefit from the experience.
“We have designed a truly international scheme which is focused on our priorities, delivers real value for money and forms an important part of our promise to level up the United Kingdom.
“These opportunities will benefit both our students and our employers, as well as strengthening our ties with partners across the world.”
Universities UK International Director, Vivienne Stern, said: “Evidence shows that students who have international experience tend to do better academically and in employment, and the benefits are greatest for those who are least advantaged.
“The new Turing scheme is a fantastic development and will provide global opportunities for up to 35,000 UK students to study and work abroad.”
Universities and other organisations in the UK will be able to apply for grants to help cover travel expenses and costs of living for students, as well as any administrative costs involved.
Applications have to be made by bodies such as universities, further education colleges and schools.
If they are successful, these bodies can invite their own students to apply for individual funding.
Perhaps bizarrely, students from other countries can not come and study in the UK as part of the scheme like the Erasmus scheme, which was based on mutual exchange.
However, unlike the Erasmus scheme, students can study anywhere in the world.
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How much money can students get?
Students who want to take part will get money for living costs.
For example, a university student going for six months to France would get £335 per month.
Host universities are expected to waive any tuition costs, despite the fact students will not be permitted to come and study in the UK as part of the scheme.
£110 million has been allocated for the first year of the scheme.
Who can use the scheme?
The scheme is open not only to university students but also those in vocational training, apprentices or those who are re-training through a college or school.
Students from Northern Ireland can continue to use the Erasmus scheme or can use the Turing scheme.
Some UK students are still participating in Erasmus programmes, using funding awarded before Brexit negotiations ended the exchange, which may allow them to continue until the end of the 2021-22 academic year.
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