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The universities of Bristol and Southampton to join The Alan Turing Institute

We are delighted to announce that the University of Bristol and the University of Southampton are set to join The Alan Turing Institute.

They are the latest to join a growing network of university partners in the Institute: since November 2017 six universities (Birmingham, Exeter, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Queen Mary University of London) have been announced as new partners, joining Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Warwick and UCL who were selected as founder members when the Institute was created in 2015.

Researchers from the 13 universities will work together alongside the Institute’s industry, government and third sector partners to spearhead cutting-edge research and apply this research to real-world problems, with the goal to create lasting effects for science, society and the world we live in.

The addition of Bristol and Southampton marks the end of the first phase of expansion for the Turing, and the focus for the Institute over the coming months will be to assimilate the new universities into our community and to generate ambitious collaborative research programmes.

During this period, the Institute continues to welcome conversations about collaboration and is exploring other models of engagement to enable us to collaborate with and across the university sector.

We anticipate that Bristol and Southampton will be working with the Institute to develop collaborative programmes of research from summer 2018.

Alan Wilson, CEO of The Alan Turing Institute, said:

“Together, the Turing’s university network represents a powerful coalition of research excellence in data science and artificial intelligence in the UK. It is with real pleasure that we welcome Bristol and Southampton into the Turing network, adding their substantial expertise to the Institute’s already formidable network of academic talent.”

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Bristol, commented:

“We are delighted to join the Alan Turing Institute and look forward to working with other leading UK universities.  The University continues to make significant investment in data science and our most recent announcement about the University’s £300m new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus will support research and innovation to address the major challenges of our emerging digital society.”

Professor Mark Spearing, Vice-President (Research and Enterprise), University of Southampton, commented:

“The University of Southampton is a pioneering world-leader in computer, data and web science and becoming a university partner of The Alan Turing Institute is an important step as we seek to further expand our capabilities in harmony with other world-leaders in these fields. This partnership comes at a time when the digital world faces many challenges and it is only through collaborative efforts like this that we’ll succeed in addressing the world’s societal and scientific needs.”

Professor Tom Melham, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford (one of the five founding universities of The Alan Turing Institute) and Institute Trustee commented:

“The expansion of the Turing’s university network and the associated potential for collaboration will enable us to undertake even more ambitious and impactful research in data science and AI. As a founder member of the Institute, we are delighted to welcome Bristol and Southampton and look forward to working with all the university partners of the Turing to bring UK talent and expertise in these new technologies to the fore.”

All new universities joining the Turing network have been admitted 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 to the Institute.

Subject to signing a partnership agreement, it is anticipated that Bristol and Southampton will be working with the Institute to develop collaborative programmes of research from summer 2018.

Find out more about how to partner with the Institute.

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Beth Wood
Press and Communications Manager
The Alan Turing Institute
bwood@turing.ac.uk (0)20 3862 3390