Published: 16 May 2023 | Last Updated: 16 May 2023 15:39:56

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is pleased to announce that it has been confirmed as a member of the new Turing University Network.

This newly established Network, launched by The Alan Turing Institute (the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence), will create a new way for the Institute to work with universities across the UK. The Network is also part of Turing’s strategy which is aimed at using data science and AI for social good.

By participating in this Network, RVC researchers and students working on projects with an AI or machine learning component will benefit from access to events and funding information that have the potential to further develop their projects. It will also enable the development of better connections across the data science and AI communities which will help accelerate the RVC’s research and impact.

Membership in this Network also builds on the RVC’s existing relationship with The Turing, after the institution was named amongst the first-ever successful applicants to receive the Turing Network Development Award in 2022.

Dr Dong Xia, Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics at the RVC, said:

“We are excited to join the Turing University Network and collaborate with the Alan Turing Institute and AI researchers in the national network. This will enhance the RVC’s unique and leading role in the application of quantitative and computational methods to solve problems in veterinary and animal health.”

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.”

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About the RVC

  • The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a Member Institution of the University of London.
  • It is one of the few veterinary schools in the world that hold accreditations from the RCVS in the UK (with reciprocal recognition from the AVBC for Australasia, the VCI for Ireland and the SAVC for South Africa), the EAEVE in the EU, and the AVMA in the USA and Canada.
  • The RVC is ranked as the top veterinary school in the world in the QS World University Rankings by subject, 2023.
  • The RVC offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences.
  • The RVC is a research-led institution, with 88% of its research rated as internationally excellent or world class in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
  • The RVC provides animal owners and the veterinary profession with access to expert veterinary care and advice through its teaching hospitals and first opinion practices in London and Hertfordshire.

About The Alan Turing Institute

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

The Institute is named in honour of Alan Turing, whose pioneering work in theoretical and applied mathematics, engineering and computing is considered to have laid the foundations for modern-day data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute’s goals are to undertake world-class research in data science and artificial intelligence, apply its research to real-world problems, driving economic impact and societal good, lead the training of a new generation of scientists, and shape the public conversation around data and algorithms.

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