A year and a half after the “Brexit” Referendum, the United Kingdom left the European Union which meant consequences for new students because the UK will no longer take part in the Erasmus+ Programme. However, the UK Government has created a new programme in its place to allow its students to travel abroad. The programme first launched in September 2021, called the Alan Turing Scheme. The Turing Scheme offers life-changing experiences to pupils, learners, and students. These are accessed through educational providers. The scheme encourages increased exposure to the world, beyond national borders allowing those using it to experience new cultures and improve their engagement and confidence. The Turing Scheme has now opened registration for schools, colleges and universities for the second year of the Turing scheme, 2022-23. With the opening of registration for the second year, organisations can begin planning their applications to secure funding. Funding enables students, learners and pupils - including those from disadvantaged and non-traditional backgrounds - to undertake study or work placements around the world.
Applying for Turing Scheme Funding
The first step towards gaining this experience is making an application, but you might wonder what makes a compelling application?
The key to success is understanding what happens during the application process, and then making sure your application meets the criteria required by the Turing Scheme. The mechanics are easy. The application process is a straightforward online system that stores your answers as you build your proposal. With the application process taken care of, writing your application to maximise the chances of it being accepted becomes paramount!
The questions are focused on ensuring your project meets the key aims of the scheme. These themes are:
International Engagement (Global Britain) – There are 4 questions in this section worth 20% of your project score.
Levelling Up – There are 2 questions in this section. These are worth 30% of your project score.
Positive Impact and Value for Money – There are 5 questions worth a further 30% of your project score.
Programme Design and Monitoring: The application will also ask two questions (worth the remaining 20% of your total score) based around the design and implementation of your project. This section will also give you an opportunity to explain any quality monitoring and assurance measures you put in place.
Any of the questions that require a narrative answer have a 500-word limit. You are encouraged to cross-link or refer to previous answers if you feel information that you’ve already provided elsewhere is relevant.
Turing Scheme applications for the 2022-2023 academic year will be assessed by independent assessors, managed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). All applications are double marked; discrepancies are addressed by senior assessors and a proportion of applications are additionally quality checked.