The Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme is a new UK government funding programme to enable students to participate in international study and work placements abroad. Turing provides a range of exciting opportunities for our students across the world, with grants available now. For additional information, please see the Turing Scheme website.

What can I do through Turing?
Turing will financially support students at South West College to study or gain work experience abroad for a duration of 3 weeks.

Where can I go?
South West College students with a passion for sustainability have the opportunity to travel to Pittsburgh or Toronto this summer, to attend one of two elite programmes on High Performance Building Design delivered by world-class experts in sustainable construction.

Two funded programmes are currently open for applications:

  1. Penn State University, Pittsburgh, USA (May 30th – June 17th 2022)
  2. Humber College, Toronto, Canada (July 2nd – July 22nd 2022)

Both programmes will combine theory and practice, providing hands-on experience to learn about the latest developments in environmental construction through some of the world’s most renowned construction projects.

Why take part?
Students will experience first-hand the world-class environmental practices being implemented in Pittsburgh or Toronto in their efforts to fight climate change. Programmes will be delivered by a team of high-performance building specialists and supported by a range of industry speakers and field trips to support any classroom learning. Following the programme, students will be primed for the Passive House tradesperson accreditation, an internationally recognised qualification that could open-up global career opportunities.

Like South West College, Penn State is United Nations Centre of Excellence in High Performance Buildings. Students will be trained by a community of educators from the ‘Global Building Network’ and will visit a variety of unique High Performance Buildings including the Penn State Energy Innovation Centre, Phipps Centre for Sustainable Landscapes, Frick Environmental Centre and live Passive House construction projects.

Students visiting Humber College will expand their global network and experience through an incredible learning programme and full social calendar, all while living a 15-minute walk from Lake Ontario. Students will learn at “Building NX” which is an industry-leading example of how to perform a deep energy retrofit, achieving Passive House Accreditation & Zero Carbon (ZCB) Design Certification from the Canada Green Building Council.

This programme is part of Humber’s Global Summer School, which includes 9 different course options available to students across the globe. Over 400 students from 45 different academic programs, 33 academic institutions and 35 countries worldwide have participated in the Humber Global Summer School.

Who can take part?
To be eligible for this year’s Turing study abroad opportunities, students should be:

  • Currently studying or recently graduated from a course aligned to Construction, Engineering or Sustainability
  • 18+ years of age
  • Meet all the entry requirements for travel to the country you are applying for

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  • Available to travel abroad on the dates specified above for the country you are interested in visiting
  • Interested in gaining a global perspective on the role of the built environment in the fight against Climate Change

Costs & Funding?
South West College will administer the Turing funding on behalf of students and this will cover travel, accommodation & general cost of living expenses while abroad.