The Alan Turing Institute was created by government in 2015 as a new national centre for data science research. Five universities (Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Warwick and UCL) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council were selected as founder members.
Since launch there has been strong demand from the university sector and industry to work with us. In response to this, as stated in the Institute’s annual report for 2016/17, we are developing plans to extend the Institute’s networks.
We are doing this in recognition of our role as a national institute and because we believe that increasing collaboration between researchers and private, public and third sector organisations will enable the UK to undertake the most ambitious, impactful research possible.
As a first step, we are currently developing plans to enable more universities to join our network as university partners.
The criteria for admitting new university partners will be based on the excellence of their research and its alignment with the Institute’s research interests, their ability to bring new expertise and opportunities which add to the core strengths of the Institute and its existing partners, and their willingness to contribute financially. Universities will be admitted in a scalable timeframe which enables the most effective and sustainable growth for the Institute.
As well as taking on more university partners, we are exploring other models of engagement to enable us to collaborate with and across the university sector.
Universities interested in engaging with The Alan Turing Institute or joining as a university partner should contact our Interim Director of Academic Engagement, Allaine Cerwonka.
Alan Wilson, Institute CEO
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