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£2.6m Turing award will help over 1000 Warwick students study and work abroad

The UK Government has announced today (4 August 2021) that the University of Warwick will be awarded £2.6 million for international student mobility, as part of the inaugural Turing Scheme.

world map on hands

Warwick is one of the world’s top 100 universities, and one of the ways it has achieved that position is because it is a globally connected institution. Its staff and students learn, work, and research as part of a highly international community, and more than 1000 Warwick students each year also take the opportunity to study and work abroad at one of the University’s many worldwide partner institutions.

Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick, 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.”

Warwick students and staff currently study and work in around 40 countries across the world — particularly in Asia, Australia, Continental Europe and North America.

This new £2.6 Million Turing funding award will help sustain those many opportunities. More details here.

Michael Ojetunde - third year student who studied in Paris

Michael Ojetunde is a third year French and Economics undergraduate student at the University of Warwick.

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.”

Warwick is also a founding member of EUTOPIA, a teaching and research community of six European universities that together are building a new model of inclusive, internationally-connected, student-led higher education. EUTOPIA offers Warwick students and staff numerous mobility opportunities, such as Double Masters programmes, co-tutelle PhD scholarships, and collaborative research. More information about EUTOPIA opportunities here.

Furthermore, Warwick is one half of the Monash Warwick Alliance with Monash University in Australia -- more information here.

Notes for Editors

The Turing Scheme, which has replaced the UK’s participation in Erasmus+, gives young people the opportunity to benefit from working and studying abroad, while boosting the UK’s ties with international partners in the process.

The scheme also aims to improve social mobility across the UK by targeting areas that had seen lower uptake up of the Erasmus+ programme, including across the Midlands and North of England – with education providers in the West Midlands set to receive the most funding.

For more information, see this UK Government press release.

 4 August 2021

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