The University established the new college last year as a base for graduate students who are eager to embrace opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange and apply their research to address key future challenges.
Set to become Reuben College after a landmark £80 million donation from the Reuben Foundation, the college aims to generate new insights into big societal problems by bringing academics from traditionally different disciplines together to work on challenging themes and share their knowledge with the college’s graduate students. A culture of innovation and enterprise and a strong commitment to diversity, sustainability and public engagement will cut across all interdisciplinary activities.
The college’s initial research themes are: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Environmental Change; and Cellular Life.
Professor Mark Coles at the Kennedy Institute was appointed to lead the Cellular Life theme in 2019. He is one of the Academic Fellows supporting the Founding President, Professor Lionel Tarassenko (Department of Engineering), who oversees the college’s development.