Designing, developing and delivering skills and researcher development opportunities for early career researchers


Our current work focuses on delivering immersive opportunities that upskill the professional community and support research. This enables a two-way talent flow exchange between academia and industry, whilst facilitating the creation and delivery of open, free, and accessible technical training.

The skills programme remit spans the following four areas of work (more information below): 

  • Academic programmes 
  • Applied skills 
  • National skills 
  • Skills and training 

Current opportunities

Please see our current open opportunities that you can register for or apply to: 

Academic programmes

Our academic programmes provide opportunities for early career researchers to engage with and become part of the Turing community. We offer immersive opportunities aimed at learning new methodologies, allowing space to develop research independence and engaging with the Turing community to establish new collaborations:

  • Enrichment scheme: offering both funded in-person placements and ​community awards 
  • Post-doctoral Enrichment Awards: assisting those on the next step of their academic journey following the completion of doctoral studies to join the Turing community 
  • Connections: interacting with PhD students via national centres for doctoral training, doctoral training partnerships and beyond.

Past academic programmes include:   

  • Doctoral scheme: full-time doctoral placements funded by the Turing, enabling students to spend their PhD studies between their home university and the Turing
  • Turing Research Fellows: independent researchers, employed by one of the Turing's partner universities and based at the Institute, to support the core research goals of the Turing

Applied skills

The Turing aims to help our community apply their research to real-world problems. Our applied skills programme provides opportunities for working with industry, government and third sector on real-world data science questions alongside their academic research:​

  • Data Study Groups (DSGs): intensive collaborative hackathons where teams of multidisciplinary researchers tackle data challenges from industry partners​. The Turing works with university partners to develop and deliver their own DSGs, making use of regional connections with industry and charities
  • Turing Internship Network (TIN): curated internship opportunities that connect doctoral researchers with high-quality industry data science and AI jobs offered by our project and business partners 
  • Data Study Groups and the Turing Internship Network: a pilot programme to support charities and NGOs working within the environment and sustainability space

Other two-way talent flow schemes are being developed to support junior and mid-career researchers, to help them gain experience in an industry setting. Additionally, to support industry practitioners engage closer with academia through placements and secondments.  

National skills

As a national institute we are involved in driving impact, shaping policy and convening groups of experts that can help develop strategies for data science and artificial intelligence skills across the UK through the following initiatives:

  • Data Skills Taskforce: convening academic, industry, governmental and policy bodies to bring strategic alignment to data skills gaps
  • The Alliance for Data Science Professionals: working with policymakers, learned societies and professional bodies to inform accreditation standards and chartership for data scientists 
  • Policy work: collaborating with government to inform the National Data and National AI strategies and how they are communicated 

Skills and training

The Turing aims to support the development and delivery of high-quality and openly accessible courses for our research community and beyond:


Based within the Academic Engagement Directorate, the Skills Team is overseen by the Turing Skills Group (TSG) to develop the Turing's skills strategy. The TSG is chaired by Iain Styles and composed of subject matter experts from the Turing, Turing Fellows and industry and public sector practitioners.  

The TSG is responsible for the development and quality of the activities that fall under the remit of the skills programme, including operational and strategic matters both at the Institute and at the national level.

Contact us

For enquiries, collaborations or anything else, please email us at [email protected]

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