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£2.6m Turing award to help over 1,000 of our students to work and study abroad

Today it’s been announced that we’ve been awarded £2.6 million for international mobility, as part of the inaugural Turing Scheme.

What is the Turing Scheme?

The Turing Scheme is the UK government’s programme to provide funding for international opportunities in education and training across the world. It provides an opportunity for UK organisations from the higher education, further education, vocational education and training and schools sectors to offer their students, learners and pupils life-changing experiences to study or work abroad. 

For us at Warwick, it will help us to continue to build on our global connections in our international community, with our staff and students currently working and studying in around 40 countries across the world. This funding means that over a thousand more of our students will have the opportunity to study and work abroad in our global partner institutions.

Michael Ojetunde is one of our third year French and Economics undergraduate students.

He spent a year studying and living in Paris from September 2020. Michael said:

“I think everyone should study abroad as part of their university education. You learn so much about yourself, about other people, and you discover different ways of living and learning. Even despite going during the COVID pandemic, it was an eye-opening and life-changing year for me.

“Living in another country allowed me to see the world through a new lens, to take a step back and examine my life in a different context, without the cultural pressures of home. I have come back with a greater sense of who I am, what I want to be like in the future, and how I relate to people.”

Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor, said:

“Studying abroad enhances students’ education experience in so many ways: developing their language skills, building confidence and independence in a different culture, and boosting their employability around the world.

“The chance to live and learn in another country has always been part of Warwick’s identity. It helps our students to expand their horizons and gain global networks giving them access to new ideas, friends, and mentors across the globe.

“I am very proud that so many members of our Warwick student community want to take up these global opportunities, and am delighted that this significant Turing funding award will enable them to do so.”

You can find out more about Student Opportunity here.