As a Turing University Network member, the University of Birmingham partners with the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and AI. 

The Alan Turing Institute


The University of Birmingham joined the prestigious national institute for data sciences and Artificial Intelligence, the Alan Turing Institute, in 2018.  In 2023, the Alan Turing Institute entered a new phase in its development, launching the new Turing University Network to facilitate better connections across the data science/AI landscape. 

As part of the University’s continued commitment to our shared ambitions and engagement, with the Alan Turing Institute (ATI) and the wider Turing University Network, the University has re-committed to this partnership, joining the Turing University Network in April of 2023.

The Institute, established in 2015, is named in honour of Alan Turing, the distinguished mathematician and computer scientist whose seminal work in the 1950s laid the theoretical and philosophical foundations of AI. Based at the British Library in London, “The Turing” is a hub for collaboration between universities, business, and public/third sector organisations in eight key challenge areas that will have major impacts for UK science, our economy, and our society.

Our researchers are collaborating with and contributing to the Turing activities across its programme areas on projects ranging from fundamental theory through to applications in materials science and healthcare. We are collaborating across disciplines and institutions to advance data science and AI technologies. Projects include:

Our Turing Team

Professor Slava Jankin – Turing University Lead

Slava Jankin

Slava Jankin

Chair in Data Science and Government

School of Government

Slava is Birmingham’s academic lead for the partnership with the Turing. As Turing Academic Lead, Slava works to continuously strengthen the partnership between the two organisations, and the broader Turing University Network, forming new scientific and strategic partnerships and opportunities.
At the Turing, Slava represents Birmingham as our Turing Academic Lead, and sits on the Research and Innovation Advisory Committee.

Turing Liaison (Professional Service)

Embedded within the Institute for Interdisciplinary Data Science and AI (IIDSAI), the Turing Liaison (Professional Service) is administrative lead for the Turing partnership, the Turing Liaison works across the University, in partnership with the Turing, to help deliver the scientific strategy. The Turing Liaison supports the operational aspects of this partnership (e.g. finance and contract management), and manages the communications to ensure that Birmingham researchers are properly connected to and informed about the Turing’s activities.

Interim Turing Liaison (Professional Service): Jessica Mylchreest, Head of Institute Operations (IIDSAI).
Contact: turingliasion@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Turing Fellows

More than forty Birmingham academics have been appointed to The Alan Turing Institute as Fellows. Turing Fellows are scholars with proven research excellence in data science, artificial intelligence, or a related field whose research will be significantly enhanced through active involvement with the Turing network of universities and partners.

Professor Andrew Beggs

Professor Andrew Beggs

Professor of Cancer Genetics & Surgery
Co-Lead - Molecular Oncology, Pathology and Genetics
Deputy Director – Birmingham Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences


Professor Lee Chapman

Professor Lee Chapman

Professor of Climate Resilience & Met Office Joint Chair
Deputy Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer (College of Life and Environmental Sciences)

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

0121 414 7435

Professor Luisa Orsini

Professor Luisa Orsini

Professor of Evolutionary Systems Biology and Environmental Omics
Alan Turing Fellow, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Co-founder and CEO of Daphne Water Solutions & Founder and CTO of EnviSion, University of Birmingham Enterprise

School of Biosciences

+44 (0)121 4145894