The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science.

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national centre for data science, headquartered at the British Library in the heart of London’s vibrant Knowledge Quarter. Following a public competition with international peer review, the Institute was founded in 2015 as a joint venture by the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, University College London, Warwick and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is to become a world leader in data science research and innovation.

Our mission is to create global impact through research, training and leadership in data science in the following areas:

  • Foundational Research: We will develop the theoretical and methodological foundations that will shape this emerging field in the coming decade.
  • Translational Research: We will partner to translate our foundational research outcomes into lasting scientific, economic and societal impact.
  • Training the Next Generation: We will educate the next generation of data science leaders through our research and teaching, building capability and capacity.
  • Leading the Public Conversation: We will convene and communicate across the global data science landscape, informing public debate and policy.

Our Research

Data science is a rapidly emerging and intellectually rich field which draws on the mathematical sciences, the computing sciences, the social sciences, and domain expertise from multiple industries and sectors.

Our first step in forming the Institute was to undertake a peer-reviewed scientific scoping process to assess the data science landscape and appetite for engagement across the UK and internationally. With over 100 proposals submitted in the summer of 2015, we invited and held more than 30 workshops, summarised in our Scoping Workshop Report.

This process, along with meeting over 100 leaders from the private, public and third sectors to identify relevant problems, has been crucial in shaping our strategy. You can read about our developing strategy in our brochure, Shaping our Strategy.