Turing Scheme: DfE says 38,000 students set to participate this year

The government said the scheme was increasing the number of disadvantaged students that had access to overseas study

The Department for Education (DfE) has said that 38,000 people will take up places to study and work abroad through the Turing Scheme as the placement programme enters its second year.

Fifty-two per cent of participants are classified as “disadvantaged students” by the DfE, which praised progress by the scheme – managed on government contract by Capita – to increase diversity. Last year, 48% of Turing students were classified as disadvantaged.

The number of Turing Scheme students is down slightly on last year, from just over 40,000. More than 130 universities, 116 further education providers and 70 schools will be receiving a share of £105m worth of grants.

Jamie Arrowsmith, assistant director for policy and global engagement at Universities UK International, said: “The key focus on widening access for students from non-traditional backgrounds is a real strength of the UK scheme and we are pleased to see the increase this year”.

He added: “It is important that future funding for the scheme supports the scale of UK students’ appetite for international experiences, to maximise the transformative potential of the scheme.” Funding is guaranteed until 2025.

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