Congratulations to the University of Surrey and the StoryFutures unit at Royal Holloway, University of London, which have had their funding confirmed to be the home of a new innovative PhD programme for inclusive AI.

The announcement is part of a £118 million boost to AI skills funding announced by the UK government which includes the naming of 12 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) in AI.  This will ensure the country has the top global expertise and fosters the next generation of researchers needed to seize the transformational benefits of this technology.

Osborne Clarke is supporting the University of Surrey and has helped to formulate the initial priority areas of study for its PhD which include best practice guidance on digital inclusion for legal teams and business, AI literacy and inclusion, and data for good.

Partner Katherine Kirrage was part of the team at Osborne Clarke advising: "It was a pleasure to be a part of the industry partner group consulting on the PhD. The programme is a bold step forward and it will have meaningful impact on improving digital inclusion for years to come."

Osborne Clarke has a deep heritage in the technology, media and communications sector, acting for both the leading players and the disruptors. Known for its international regulatory expertise and proven track record in providing strategic advice, they specialise in digital inclusion by design and regularly advise clients on the inclusive design of digital products, services and platforms.

Last year the firm committed to a long-term funding programme for UK Youth to support young people at risk of digital exclusion, supporting 20 community organisations across Bristol, London, Reading and key digital cold spots across the UK.

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