The Turing Awards Scheme 2021

Thursday 8 September 2022

 

We’re celebrating a very successful year of participation in the Turing Awards overseas placement scheme.

In August 2021 the School of Advanced Study (SAS) was pleased to be given £35,445 to support our application for this new scheme. The School’s application involved 25 placements at a variety of institutions, including higher education institutions and museums around the world. Given that the pandemic had stopped opportunities to travel over the past few years, SAS agreed that students who had recently graduated and distance-learning students were eligible to apply. The first student took up a placement at the end of February 2021, and 24 other students followed – with SAS successfully negotiating a myriad of challenges, including flight cancellations, further Covid lockdowns, and increased costs of accommodation across Europe and the USA.

Jo Fox, Dean of the School of Advanced Study, said:

“It is hugely satisfying to see our students making the most of the opportunity to experience living and working in other cultures, towns and cities across the world - learning new skills, looking at new perspectives of their research, learning new methodologies, finding new and alternative resources, learning languages and, not least, finding the time to learn about themselves.”

The institutions which took part last year were:

• University College Dublin (Ireland)

• Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales (France)

• Ecole Pratique des Hautes (France)

• Museo della Civilta (Italy)

• European University Institute (Italy)

• The University of Potsdam (Germany)

• University of Innsbruck (Austria)

• Kunsthistorisches Museum (Austria)

• Kurt Tucholsky Museum (Germany)

• Schoenberg, University of Pennsylvania (USA)

• MIT (USA)

• CIESAS (Mexico)

The School of Advanced Study has recently been informed that it is successful with its application for more Turing awards for the coming academic year (22/23) - in which we will collaborate with no fewer than eight Turing partners, including the University of Berlin and the Rheinsberg Museum.

Some of the very positive feedback we’ve had from our doctorate students of a variety of disciplines is given below:

Monja Stahlberger, a scholar in German literature and cultural relations, who went to study at the Humanities Institute of University College Dublin, said:

“This trip was one of the highlights of my PhD programme so far…

“The work atmosphere and community at the Humanities Institute was amazing and I enjoyed and benefited from engaging in their research community [which added to] my growth as a researcher and inspired me to explore new methods and approaches … It was a rare opportunity which would not have been possible without the support and funding of the Turing Scheme.”

Tatiana Suarez, a student of anthropology, who visited Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), in Mexico City, said:

“I cultivated an effective self-awareness habit of asking myself “why” about anything I was about to do. This has been key when managing my personal energy and navigating the challenges of a PhD in a completely new environment. I also got a better sense of how well I can focus, cope and sustain my motivation.

“Building an extended network at CIESAS has been a source of useful feedback, valuable new research ideas, and insights into different methodological approaches. What is more, I was able to share my research with others which led me to receiving information about useful approaches, theories, contacts and resources in the area of my interest….Overall, I was fully integrated into CIESAS’ research community and was made to feel very welcome.”