VoteClimate: Turing Scheme - 5th September 2023

Turing Scheme - 5th September 2023

Here are the climate-related sections of speeches by MPs during the Commons debate Turing Scheme.

Full text: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2023-09-05/debates/F9563E0F-7DAF-449D-B8BD-B01387FDA779/TuringScheme

11:00 Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat)

The last point I will touch on is the Government’s short-sightedness regarding the scheme. Even if we ignore the benefit to each and every young person of having the chance to live and learn abroad, the Turing scheme is meant to be a core part of global Britain and how we present ourselves on the world stage. The problem is that those relationships are not one sided, yet the Turing scheme decidedly is. It does not offer any element of reciprocity, which has made it incredibly difficult for institutions to set up longer-term partnerships. That is worsened by the exclusion of professional staff from the scheme. Where previously UK education and research was promoted and strengthened through staff exchanges, now we are left in the cold. It is about being at the forefront of cutting-edge research and development, about tackling the next pandemic and responding to the climate crisis.

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