Scheme named after Bletchley Park hero gives Milton Keynes students chance to study all over the world

MK's MPs are encouraging local schools and colleges to sign up for new Turing Scheme .

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 3:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 3:58 pm

The landmark scheme, which replaces the UK’s participation in the EU’s Erasmus programme, will be backed by £110 million funding in 2021-22.

Schools, colleges and universities can now apply for funding, which will provide for 35,000 global exchanges from this September.

It will target students from disadvantaged backgrounds and areas who were less likely to benefit from the Erasmus programme by supporting the costs of studying and working abroad, providing up to a maximum of £490 per month, levelling up opportunity for all students.

Alan Turing

Milton Keynes MPs Iain Stewart and Ben Everitt are both delighted the scheme has been named after one of the Bletchley Park wartime heroes Alan Turing.

Mr Turing played a major part in inventing The Bombe machine at Bletchley Park to crack the Enigma German codes during WW2.

The Turing Scheme will be open to all schools, colleges and universities. They will be supported with the cost of administering the programme, and are encouraged to form partnerships around the world.

Details on the application process, including funding and eligibility levels, are available on the Turing website.

Mr Stewart MP said: “The Erasmus replacement, the Turing Scheme, will enable more students to travel all over the globe, developing vital skills and experiences that will enrich their lives.

“I am strongly encouraging schools, colleges and universities to apply for the Turing Scheme, so we can give students across Milton Keynes the chance to have a world-class education.

“Also, I am really pleased that this pioneering scheme has been named after one of the local Bletchley Park heroes, Alan Turing!”

Mr Everitt MP said: “The Turing Scheme is an exciting moment for Global Britain as we support students from all backgrounds into studying and working around the world. I’m delighted the scheme has been named after local hero Alan Turing and gives recognition to the groundbreaking work he did at Bletchley Park.”

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has hailed the scheme as a a "landmark step" in strengthening Britain's ties across the world and providing students with the skills they need to thrive.

“The programme’s focus on social mobility and value for money will open up more opportunities for international education and travel to all of our students, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds who were less likely to benefit from the previous EU scheme," he said.

“I urge all universities, schools and colleges from all corners of the UK to start their applications and partner up with countries.”