The Tommy Flowers Institute has been established to create an academic and industrial network seeking to develop ICT doctoral and postdoctoral researchers’ skills in becoming future research leaders.

The Institute aims to:
  • Create world-class research leaders who can improve the impact of research for both universities and the digital business community in the UK
  • Improve collaboration between academic research and the business community, making sure that research outcomes can be fully exploited for world–leading knowledge economyFocus on current ICT issues, and multi- and inter-disciplinary research, enabling rapid and effective responses to current and future industry and societal challenges
Produce a steady supply of well-rounded ICT post-graduates and post- doctoral researchers with a thorough commercial and operational perspective to complement their technical excellence.

Delivering world-class ICT research in the future will require a new breed of researcher.   

We need researchers who can collaborate confidently across multiple academic disciplines - and work seamlessly between academia and industry.

That’s why we in BT, along with our partners from across the ICT sector, have launched the Tommy Flowers Institute.  The Institute brings the ICT industry and UK academia together to produce the research leaders of the future.

These researchers will be equipped to take on the complex challenges facing the ICT sector and help our nation to enrich its world-leading knowledge economy.

The Tommy Flowers Institute supports the RCUK (Research Councils UK) ‘Research Innovate Grow’ ambition to make sure the UK remains the best place on the planet to do research, innovate and grow business.

It also supports the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC’s) ‘accelerating impact’ strategy – which is designed to maximise both academic excellence and impact through building wider and stronger research and training partnerships.

And so any organisation that seeks to make the most from collaborative technological research or has an enthusiasm to generate new research challenges need look no further than the Tommy Flowers Institute.

Fraser Burton BT’s Head of University Partnerships

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