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University to join The Alan Turing Institute

Bristol is one of two universities joining the science-based reasearch institute this year.

Bristol is one of two universities joining the science-based reasearch institute this year.

The University of Bristol are set to join The Alan Turing Institute, an organization which hopes to make great leaps in data science research in order to change the world for the better.

Together with the University of Southampton, Bristol is the latest to join a growing network of university partners in the Institute, including Birmingham, Exeter, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Queen Mary University of London, and the five founder members Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Warwick and UCL who were selected at the institutes creation in 2015.

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."

Working alongside the institute's industry, government and third sector partners, researchers from the 13 universities will pave the way in cutting-edge research which will be applied to real-world problems. The goal of the organisation is to create lasting effects for science, society and the world we live in.

In joining the institute, Bristol and Southampton’s addition marks the end of the first phase of expansion for the Turing Insitute, with the organization focusing on how to best integrate the new universities into its community over the next coming months. Through introducing new partners, the institute aims to broaden its scope and generate ambitious collaborative research programmes.

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."

The university’s admission into the Turing network, marks a recognition of the excellence of it's research and it's alignment with the institute's research interests. Access to the organization is based on a university’s ability to bring new expertise and opportunities which add to the core strengths of the Institute. Bristol will also be contributing financially to the institute, a requirement of joining the network.

It is anticipated that Bristol will begin work with the institute from summer 2018.
You can find out more about the institute here

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