About the Department

The Department of Computer Science was founded in 1982 and is housed in the Regent Court building on Portobello Street, completed in 1993. The Department is a member of the Faculty of Engineering.

Department of Computer Science staff photo. Taken outside Regent Court

The Department is housed in the Regent Court building on Portobello Street, opposite to the former St. George's church which has been converted into a modern lecture theatre. 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 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, and is made up of a successful blend of redeveloped 19th Century industrial buildings and modern constructions. 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 bookshops.

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.

In the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS) 90% of our students were satisfied overall: better than any other Russell Group computer science department.  

Our staff

The Department of Computer Science is a large, diverse and inclusive academic department. 

Meet the team