“We are now at a critical time as the government has launched its first National AI Strategy, and the Institute is playing a leading role in its implementation while developing its own strategic response.”
Howard Covington, Chair of the Board of Trustees 2015–2022
“Turing 2.0 will represent the next stage of the Institute’s development, building on our place within the science and innovation landscape.”
Adrian Smith, Institute Director and Chief Executive
In September 2021, we launched our first EDI strategy and action plan. The strategy lays out our commitment to EDI, our achievements to date and our ambitions for the future. The action plan will guide our work and progress in this area – and also hold us accountable. Taken as a whole, the documents are both a practical tool for change and an important statement of the contribution the Turing will make to the wider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) landscape in this area.
Following the launch of the strategy, the Turing published its first EDI annual report in February 2022. As well as providing an overview of our EDI activity, the report details the current diversity of the Turing community (with respect to age, gender, ethnicity and disability status). Improving our data collection and continuing to publish transparent data of who is represented at the Turing will remain a priority over the next year.
In January 2022, the Turing responded to the Diversity in STEM inquiry that is being conducted by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee to investigate the extent of underrepresentation in the STEM workforce, and how policy makers, funding bodies, industry and academia can address it. The Turing’s response to the inquiry summarised the current state of diversity in data science and AI, drawing on our own experiences and research.
The Turing has continued to play a leading role in conducting research that contributes to creating a more equitable and inclusive society. Highlights featured in this report include the continued ethical leadership of The Turing Way, our research to improve lives in Bradford’s most deprived areas, and our work towards a safer internet. While far from an exhaustive list, other EDI-centred research projects at the Turing include ‘Women in data science and AI’ led by Judy Wajcman and Erin Young, and ‘Data science for tackling modern slavery’ led by Anjali Mazumder.