Today it was announced that The University of Manchester is set to join The Alan Turing Institute as a University partner. Manchester will join the founding universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Warwick and UCL and will work with their growing network of partners in industry and government to advance the world-changing potential of data science.
The Alan Turing Institute is named in honour of Alan Turing whose pioneering work in theoretical and applied mathematics, engineering and computing are considered to be the key disciplines comprising the emerging field of data science. The name and work of Alan Turing is closely linked to The University of Manchester, as in 1948 he was appointed Reader in the Mathematics Department. Turing's long list of achievements also include cracking the Enigma code at Bletchley Park, exploring artificial intelligence, producing designs for a digital computer, working as Deputy Director of the Computing Laboratory and developing software for the Manchester Ferranti Mark 1.
Presently, Manchester has an engaged data science community of over 600 investigators, with methodologists embedded in Schools across the University working on research in health and biology, social and policy, environment, urban, business and management and the physical sciences.
With regards to The Alan Turing Institute's expansion of its university network, Alan Wilson, CEO of The Alan Turing Institute, commented:
“We are extending our university network in recognition of our role as a national institute and because we believe that increasing collaboration between researchers and private, public and third sector organisations will enable the UK to undertake the most ambitious, impactful research possible."
Professor Chris Taylor FREng OBE, Associate Vice President of Research at the University of Manchester and Director of Manchester Informatics, commented:
“We are all excited by the prospect of working more closely with colleagues in the Turing, and hope we can help to strengthen a critically important national asset.”