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Bristol renews key partnership with the Alan Turing Institute

13 April 2023

The University has renewed its key partnership with the Alan Turing Institute and joined the new Turing University Network.

The Turing launched the Turing University Network which provides all UK universities with an interest in data science and AI the opportunity to engage and collaborate both with the Institute and its broader networks.

As an existing partner, the University of Bristol was invited to join the new Turing University Network early. 36 universities from the previous Turing university partners and Turing Network Development Award recipients have joined the pilot network and a call, available to all UK universities, will open in the Spring.

The Turing University Network is a key component of the new Institute Strategy aimed at changing the world for the better with data science and AI. The network supports the Institute in achieving its three ambitious goals: advance world-class research and apply it to national and global challenges, build skills for the future, and drive an informed public conversation.

Through the Turing University Network, the Institute will build a structured and inclusive university network representative of the wider data science and AI community in the UK which will facilitate better connections across the data science/AI landscape. The network will be open, with minimal barriers to both entry and bureaucracy, and will provide enablers such as mechanisms to connect across the ecosystem, interesting problems and routes to impact. 

Donna Brown, Director of Academic Engagement at the Alan Turing Institute, said: "We’re delighted to launch a new UK-wide university network of data science and AI expertise via the Turing University Network. The network is crucial to successful delivery of the Institute Strategy, enables our role as a national convenor in the data science and AI landscape, and creates opportunity for meaningful collaboration where interests align across research and innovation, skills, and engagement."

Professor Phil Taylor, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Bristol, commented: "We are delighted to renew our partnership with The Alan Turing Institute and look forward to working with other leading UK universities who will join the Turing University Network. The Jean Golding Institute, as the central hub for data science and data-intensive research at the University of Bristol, is perfectly placed to manage this important key partnership on behalf of the University."

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 continue our collaborations with The Alan Turing Institute and the new Turing University Network, working collectively to address the pressing challenges of today around defence and national security, environment and sustainability, and transformation of healthcare."

Further information

About the Alan Turing Institute

Find out more about the Alan Turing Institute and their vision and strategy for Turing 2.0.

About the Jean Golding Institute

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

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


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