The University of Birmingham is one of thirteen university partners of The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and AI. 

The Alan Turing Institute

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 Iain Styles – Turing University Lead


Iain is Birmingham’s academic lead for the partnership with the Turing, working across the two organisations to help form new scientific partnerships and to develop the strategic partnership. At Turing, he represents Birmingham at the Turing University Leads meeting and the Research and Innovation Advisory Committee. As a Turing Fellow, he also sits on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and co-chairs the Training Steering Group.

Nathaniel Byrne – University Liaison Manager

Nate is the administrative lead for the Turing partnership working across the University and the Turing to help deliver the scientific strategy. Nate is responsible for the financial and contractual aspects of the partnership and manages the communications to ensure that Birmingham researchers are properly connected to and informed about the Turing’s activities.

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