A new exchange scheme enabling students to study or work anywhere in the world, replacing one withdrawn now the UK has left the European Union, is being launched by the government.
From September, the Turing scheme – hailed as “fantastic” by Boris Johnson in the Commons this week – will fund 35,000 exchanges including university study, school exchanges and work placements.
The £110m programme replaces the Erasmus+ scheme, which the prime minister initially pledged to keep the UK signed up to after Brexit, but failed to include in his EU withdrawal agreement.
The big difference between the two schemes is that Turing aims to improve social mobility by targeting students from disadvantaged backgrounds and areas that did not previously have many students benefiting from Erasmus+.
And unlike Erasmus+, which is EU-focused, Turing will be a worldwide programme – with every country in the world eligible to partner with UK universities, schools and colleges, the government insists.
“The Turing scheme is a truly global programme with every country in the world eligible to partner with UK universities, schools and colleges,” the prime minister said ahead of the launch.
“It is also levelling up in action. Unlike the Erasmus+ scheme, which overwhelmingly went to children from better-off homes, the Turing project is designed to help students across the country of all income groups get to fantastic schools, colleges and universities around the world.”