Question to the Department for Education:
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decision not to pay for the tuition of disadvantaged students on the Turing scheme on the ability of such students to study abroad.
Rather than being EU-focused, the Turing Scheme is truly global, and every country in the world will be eligible to partner with UK educational settings. It will be backed by £110 million of taxpayers’ money to support international projects and activities during the 2021/22 academic year. This will provide funding for around 35,000 students in universities, colleges, and schools to go on placements and exchanges overseas – a similar number as under Erasmus+.
Under Erasmus+, we have seen that UK undergraduates from more advantaged backgrounds have been 1.7 times more likely to participate in mobilities compared to disadvantaged students. The Turing Scheme is targeted at all students, particularly the most disadvantaged. More information is available on the website: www.turing-scheme.org.uk, and in the Programme Guide, which can be accessed here: https://www.turing-scheme.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/The-Turing-Scheme-Guide-V1.pdf.
Erasmus+ only provides travel support to partner countries, which make up less than 3% of the total number of outgoing Erasmus+ UK higher education mobilities. Unlike Erasmus+, the Turing Scheme provides support for travel costs to all destinations. For schools and colleges, all participants will receive travel funding. For disadvantaged students in higher education, the Turing Scheme will provide travel costs to all destinations. We are also going further than just direct travel costs, offering support for visas, passports, insurance and other related costs for disadvantaged students.
All participating students will receive grants to contribute towards their cost of living, which will be dependent on the destination country. Under Erasmus+, higher education students can receive a maximum of €540 per month for the cost of living in programme countries, including the disadvantaged supplement. For an Erasmus+ study placement, this includes €370-420 per month for cost of living, plus €120 per month disadvantaged uplift. Under the Turing Scheme, participants can receive the equivalent of a maximum of €573 per month. This includes the equivalent of €392-445 per month for the cost of living, plus a €129 per month disadvantaged uplift. These rates are based on an exchange rate of 1.17 Euro to 1 Pound Sterling. Students can continue to apply for student finance.
For all students participating in the Turing Scheme, we expect tuition fees to be waived by host institutions, as is typical under Erasmus+ and other exchange schemes. This is a matter for individual institutions to agree, and something that universities do as a matter of course when they form exchange partnerships with international providers.
1. Research and analysis: The student finance system: impact on disadvantaged young people
30/05/2019 - Department for Education
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Impact of the student finance system
, experience and
outcomes of disadvantaged
2. Future participation in Erasmus+
30/12/2020 - Early Day Motions
Found: regarding the UK Government’s decision to withdraw from the Erasmus+ scheme; recognises the importance of
5The Government™s review of post-18 education and funding
62 Value for money for students and the
4. Higher education student finance, 2017 to 2018: equality analysis
10/02/2017 - Department for Education
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Found: continuing students
7 Tuition Fees and Fee Loans for part time higher education courses
7 Tuition Fee Loans
5. The Post-18 Education Review (the Augar Review) recommendations
31/05/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: Details of recommendations on student funding 6. Impact 7. Responses to the report 8. Comment 2 The Post-18
1. Cultural and Education Exchanges
22/07/2021 - Grand Committee
1: cultural and education exchanges for (1) students, and (2) others who may benefit from such exchanges. - Speech Link
2: have been directed in some sense at almost every government department, including, and perhaps especially - Speech Link
2. Turing Scheme
20/04/2021 - Westminster Hall
1: House has considered the scope of the proposed Turing scheme.It is an honour to serve under your chairship - Speech Link
3. Oral Answers to Questions
01/03/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: pupils make up learning is vital, which is why the Government have invested £1.7 billion in helping education - Speech Link
2: clarify how he proposes to target support to reach students who have fallen behind most over the past year—those - Speech Link
3: that we need a targeted approach to supporting students to catch up and to making sure that they do not - Speech Link
4. Oral Answers to Questions
26/04/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: the Prosper Learning Trust. It will make a real impact on so many children in his constituency, and I - Speech Link
2: personal experiences from young people about the impact of the pandemic on them. I know that schools and - Speech Link
3: to make up learning is vital. That is why this Government have invested £1.7 billion to provide support - Speech Link
5. Education: Turing Scheme
05/01/2021 - Lords Chamber
1: the new Turing scheme, which is replacing the UK’s participation in Erasmus+. The new scheme will provide - Speech Link
2: we had assurances from the Prime Minister and government Ministers that after Brexit we would continue - Speech Link
3: The Government see the Turing scheme as bigger, broader and global in outlook, allowing students to avail - Speech Link