Our Policy Fellowship Programme offers senior decision-makers from government, industry and the third sector the opportunity to have free, tailored one-to-one meetings with University of Bath academics, and address the policy questions they face in their day-to-day professional roles.

With a current alumni network of 54 Fellows, and the involvement of more than 130 academic colleagues, the Policy Fellowship Programme has successfully grown since its inception in 2014.

This week, we continue to expand, and are delighted to launch The IPR Policy Fellowship Programme: Artificial Intelligence – a new stream dedicated solely to the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), data science, policy and ethics.

This stream will provide an exciting opportunity for Fellows to take advantage of the thriving AI ecosystem at the University.

Home to the Department of Computer Science, Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI), the Institute of Coding and the Institute for Policy Research (IPR), Bath also has more than 70 academics working in AI, machine learning and data science, across engineering, mathematics, political science, social policy, psychology, health, and management.

The University’s interdisciplinary expertise can inform key areas of policy, including: smart technologies, robotics, human computer interactions, machine learning, big data, automation and labour market change, the ethics of application to common public sector issues and the future of AI skills for the UK.

Head of Policy Programmes and Communications at the IPR, Amy Thompson, adds:

"We are very excited to be offering this new addition of our Policy Fellowship Programme, and are confident it will help senior decision-makers address the pertinent issues we face with AI today - ranging from equality and non-discrimination in decision-making, to the application of health technologies, and training and developing people for the future of AI skills and knowledge in the UK.

"We hope this stream will help drive innovation, and give Fellows new tools, models and frameworks to improve the ways in which policy is developed and delivered.