Creative, Digital and Technology Artificial Intelligence

Manchester has a strong academic AI community and a pipeline of talent. Three of our five universities have established research groups working in AI and data science, achieving world leading and internationally excellent work in the field. Furthermore, the University of Manchester is an academic partner with the Alan Turing Institute, the leading body for Data Science and AI in the UK.

Home to a growing number of AI companies including Peak, Dream Agility, and Digital Bridge, Manchester is also home to a number of organisations including GCHQ and NCSC, who are growing teams in AI and Data Science.

There’s a really strong academic community here and an excellent pipeline of talent. We’ve built brilliant relationships with the universities and worked with lots of graduates. The local code camps have helped us fill our technical roles, too.
— David Leitch, Co Founder, Peak

In 2020, Manchester launched the Greater Manchester AI Foundry, a £6m project that combines business innovation expertise and leading AI research from Manchester Metropolitan University, Lancaster University, University of Manchester and the University of Salford to help SMEs create new AI products and services which will enable their businesses to grow.

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