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The Alan Turing Institute (the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence) has launched the Turing University Network as a new way of working with universities across the UK. The network is part of the Turing’s new strategy aimed at using data science and AI for social good.

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The University of Oxford is delighted to be confirmed as a member of the new Turing University Network. Membership will enable us to develop better connections across the data science and AI landscape and we look forward to the many benefits, including access to both Turing and the wider community which will ultimately accelerate our research and impact.

Turing University Network logoThirty-six universities from the previous Turing university partners network and Turing Network Development Award recipients have joined the pilot network. A Turing University Network call, available to all UK universities, will open this 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 and AI landscape. This 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.”