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University of Bristol to join The Alan Turing Institute

Press release issued: 12 April 2018

The University of Bristol is one of two universities that are set to join The Alan Turing Institute.

Bristol together with the University of Southampton 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.

Sir 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 £300 million new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus will support research and innovation to address the major challenges of our emerging digital society."

Professor Kate Robson Brown, Director of the Jean Golding Institute for Data Science and Data Intensive Research at the University of Bristol, added: "We are very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with The Alan Turing Institute, which recognises our world-leading data science, mathematics and computer science research. We will be working with the ATI to tackle today's global issues including urban analytics, security and health."

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.

Further information

About The Alan Turing Institute
The mission of The Alan Turing Institute is to make great leaps in data science research in order to change the world for the better. The Institute's goals are to undertake world-class research in data science, apply its research to real-world problems, driving economic impact and societal good, lead the training of a new generation of data scientists, and shape the public conversation around data. Find out more at

About the Jean Golding Institute
The Jean Golding Institute is a central hub for data science and data-intensive research at the University of Bristol.

Founded in 2016 and one of the four University Research Institutes, the JGI connects a multidisciplinary community of experts across the University and beyond. 

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