Edinburgh and London win big as part of new Alan Turing Institute

30th March 2015

You have to go a long way in the field of mathematics to become a household name, but that is precisely what Alan Turing achieved when he cracked the German Enigma code during World War II. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, comments,

“Alan Turing’s genius played a pivotal role in cracking the codes that helped us win the Second World War.”

Now, a five-year, $42 million endowment from the UK government means that Turing’s name will live on for a new reason, thanks to the Alan Turing Institute, based at the British Library in London. In recognition of Turing’s mathematical genius and his pioneering work in the fields of computation theory and artificial intelligence, the Alan Turing Institute will be a leader in the areas of big data and algorithm research, with the support of five British universities.

Of the 23 universities that applied to be part of the new institute, only Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Warwick and University College London were successful. Eri Cuanalo, Collegiate CEO, comments,

“It is pleasing to see such prestigious universities becoming a part of such an important knowledge and research centre, which will use academic theory to secure the UK’s position as a big player in the field of big data. From a personal perspective, it is also great to know that two of the five universities selected have Collegiate accommodation nearby, demonstrating how well the company has done in choosing the locations for its apartments.”

In Edinburgh, within easy reach of the city centre and the University of Edinburgh, Collegiate offers the Gateway Apartments and McDonald Road sites. In London, Collegiate has four sites, all of which are perfectly located for UCL: Charles Morton CourtHalsmere Studios Orchard Lisle; and Iris Brook House.

That both universities have been selected to be part of the Alan Turing Institute is testament to their credentials in the fields of mathematics and technology, for which they currently attract students from around the globe. Professor Philip Nelson, chief executive of the
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which is responsible for the new project, explains,

“The Alan Turing Institute will draw on the best of the best academic talent in the country. It will use the power of mathematics, statistics, and computer science to analyse Big Data in many ways, including the ability to improve online security. Big Data is going to play a central role in how we run our industries, businesses and services. Economies that invest in research are more likely to be strong and resilient; the Alan Turing Institute will help us be both.”

For more information on Collegiate’s high end student accommodation in leading UK cities, call 01235 250 140 or email tenants@collegiate-ac.com.

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