DeepMindThe Department of Computing has received generous scholarships from DeepMind to fund MSc degrees for students from groups under-represented in computer science and AI, to encourage wider participation.

The scholarships cover fees and maintenance in full.  The scholars also receive guidance from personal DeepMind mentors, and attend educational and career events.

Demis Hassabis, co-founder and CEO at DeepMind, said: “Were delighted to be partnering with Imperial to help broaden participation in computer science. I’d like to congratulate all of the recipients on this achievement and wish them the best in their future studies.”

We asked the three recipients of the DeepMind scholarships for the 2019–2020 academic year to tell us a little about themselves, and what the DeepMind scholarships have meant for their studies.  (More information on our postgraduate degrees, including our new MSc in Artificial Intelligence.)

Hannah Kay

Hannah KayI completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham in 2016.

After graduating, I worked at a digital marketing agency where I developed basic coding skills and decided to pursue computer science formally.

The MSc in Computing at Imperial was attractive to me as I could intensively improve my core computing skills, as well as study specialised topics at the forefront of research.  In particular, I'm interested in AI safety and would like to use this great opportunity to advance my career in this important research area.

The DeepMind scholarship has been invaluable during my studies, offering support both financially and through the many contacts I have made.  I now feel much more confident in pursuing a career in AI research, and I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity it has provided me.

Hongshu Liu

Hongshu LiuI completed my undergraduate and master degrees in Actuarial Science and Finance at London and Cambridge.  Im currently studying the MSc in Computing at Imperial.

After graduating, I worked in actuarial consulting.  Towards the later stage of my last job, I was more involved in projects related to data analysis and modelling, and this experience showed me the path into the computer science.  I therefore decided to pursue a computer science degree and possibly a related research opportunity afterwards.

The DeepMind Scholarship gives me the support I need.  It has also brought me into contact with some of the best experts in the industry and inspires me to explore this new path.  This invaluable experience will help me to grow and achieve my goals and I feel really lucky to be given this opportunity.

Eloise Withnell

Eloise WithnellAfter studying biochemistry and bioengineering at Imperial, I worked as a healthcare strategy consultant.  During my time as a consultant, I worked on projects ranging from assessing a company using deep learning for diagnostics, to working on consent models for Electronic Health Records, and I became increasingly interested in the intersection of healthcare and computing.

The DeepMind scholarship for my MSc in Computing is making it possible for me to acquire the core computing skills necessary for pursuing a career in computational healthcare research.  The well-designed structure of the course has made it possible to cover a broad range of programming languages and material, from computer architecture to machine learning, in such a short time span.  I am particularly looking forward to the individual project where I will be able to use the vast range of skills I have learnt so far in a research environment.

Additionally, the workshops and mentorship scheme at DeepMind have been invaluable for me to gain further support and guidance in transitioning over to a research career.