About the department

The Department of Computer Science was founded in 1982 and is housed in the Regent Court building. The Department is a member of the Faculty of Engineering.

About the department

The department is housed in the Regent Court building on Portobello. Regent Court is a pleasant purpose-built building, completed in 1993, and built around a grass courtyard. It contains the offices of our staff, most of our research laboratories, seminar/tutorial rooms, and flexible teaching/study space. Students also have access to dedicated state-of-the-art computer labs in the nearby Diamond.

Lecture theatres are situated nearby on the campus. Regent Court is a 10 minute walk from the city centre, and a similar distance from the Students' Union Building. Much of the surrounding area has been developed by the University. It is difficult to see where the University ends and the city begins, and the area is particularly well furnished with eating places, pubs, bars and shops.

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Teaching, research and student satisfaction

The Department has an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 92% of our research work was rated world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. We have a REF grade point average (GPA) of 3.39, ranking us 5th out of 89 computer science departments in the UK.

We are number one in the Russell Group for student satisfaction in computer science according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS).

We celebrate and reward academic success with a number of prizes awarded to our students each year.

Our work with industry

We have key relationships with major companies which support our learning, teaching and research. Some of these include: IBM, Amazon, and VoiceBase. We have a dedicated Industrial Advisory Board that meets annually to discuss matters related to the curriculum, employment and research collaborations. 

We are committed to providing our students with the skills they will need to succeed in the workplace. Our module, Genesys, gives fourth year and MSc students the opportunity to gain industrial experience.

Working at the University of Sheffield

The University has nearly 28,000 students and around 8,200 staff. Our staff and students are from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

The University and the Department of Computer Science both hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award.