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St Mary’s Students to Receive Turing Scheme Funding for Global Placements

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St Mary’s University, Twickenham is delighted to have been awarded over £88,000 from the UK government’s new Turing Scheme, designed to increase the number of students participating in life-changing international study and work placements.

This funding will support students on international study or training placements in 2021/22. It will especially benefit students from widening participation backgrounds, who are historically less likely to go abroad.

Turing funding will enable more St Mary’s students to act as global ambassadors, strengthening our extensive network of international partnerships in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Our cross-University programme supports students before, during and after their time abroad through comprehensive pre-departure coaching, in-country connections and re-integration activities. Gaining a global perspective helps students to grow academically. It also boosts their employability by nurturing the hard and soft skills valued by future employers.

Kristen Pilbrow, Head of International, said “St Mary’s is thrilled at the success of our Turing bid. Every year, we see how much our students benefit from studying or working abroad, but we also see the financial challenges posed by these experiences. Turing grants will dramatically increase the funding we can offer and open up these placements for everyone. Sending more students abroad also means we can host more students from our exchange partners, giving the entire St Mary’s community a valuable internationalisation opportunity”.

International experiences of four weeks or more will be eligible for Turing funding. Find out more about our wide-ranging programmes on the Study Abroad section of the website.

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