List of Computer Science Departments in the UK

The following is a list of Computer Science Departments in the UK, its possible that one or two may be missing, links may also change from time to time, but hopefully the list below is fairly comprehensive. If you know of any other departmental website in the UK relating to computing that isn’t listed then please leave a comment.

I organise a series of research seminars on a regular basis, hence its useful to have a list of CS departments\schools readily at had when looking for prospective speakers. Hopefully you will find the list useful as well.

You may wish to note that a list of computer science departments also exists on (wikipedia) most of them being from America.

University of Aberdeen (online)
Abertay University (online)
Aberystwyth University (online)
Anglia Ruskin University (online)
Aston University (online)
Bangor University (online)
University of Bath (online)
University of Bedfordshire (online)
University of Birmingham (online)
Birmingham City University (online)
University of Bolton (online)
Bournemouth University (online)
University of Bradford (online)
University of Brighton (online)
University of Bristol (online)
Brunel University (online)
University of Buckingham (online)
Buckinghamshire New University (online)
University of Cambridge (online)
Canterbury Christ Church University (online)
Cardiff University (online)
University of Central Lancashire (online)
University of Chester (online)
City University London (online)
Coventry University (online)
De Montfort University (online)
University of Derby (online)
University of Dundee (online)
Durham University (online)
University of East Anglia (online)
University of East London (online)
Edge Hill University (online)
University of Edinburgh (online)
Edinburgh Napier University (online)
University of Essex (online)
University of Exeter (online)
University of Glasgow (online)
Glasgow Caledonian University (online)
University of Gloucestershire (online)
University of Greenwich (online)
Heriot-Watt University (online)
University of Hertfordshire (online)
University of Huddersfield (online)
University of Hull (online)
Imperial College London (online)
Keele University (online)
University of Kent (online)
Kingston University (online)
Lancaster University (online)
University of Leeds (online)
Leeds Beckett University (online)
University of Leicester (online)
University of Lincoln (online)
University of Liverpool (online)
Liverpool Hope University (online)
Liverpool John Moores University (online)
Birkbeck, University of London (online)
Goldsmiths, University of London (online)
King’s College London (online)
Queen Mary, University of London (online)
Royal Holloway, University of London (online)
University College London (online)
London Metropolitan University (online)
London South Bank University (online)
Loughborough University (online)
University of Manchester (online)
Manchester Metropolitan University (online)
Middlesex University (online)
Newcastle University (online)
University of Northampton (online)
Northumbria University (online)
University of Nottingham (online)
Nottingham Trent University (online)
The Open University (online)
University of Oxford (online)
Oxford Brookes University (online)
University of Plymouth (online)
University of Portsmouth (online)
Queen’s University Belfast (online)
University of Reading (online)
Robert Gordon University (online)
University of St Andrews (online)
University of Salford (online)
University of Sheffield (online)
Sheffield Hallam University (online)
University of Southampton (online)
Southampton Solent University (online)
University of South Wales (online)
Staffordshire University (online)
University of Stirling (online)
University of Strathclyde (online)
University of Sunderland (online)
University of Surrey (online)
University of Sussex (online)
Swansea University (online)
Teesside University (online)
University of Ulster (online)
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David (online)
University of Warwick (online)
University of West London (online)
University of Westminster (online)
University of the West of England (online)
University of the West of Scotland (online)
University of Wolverhampton (online)
University of York (online)

UK Computer Science Funding REF 2014 Analysis

In REF 2014 eighty nine institutions were submitted to the Computer Science and Informatics subject area. The analysis below examines the data made available at the (REF Results Webpage – UoA 11) and takes note of the total funding pot for each year 2008/9 to 2012/3. This is broken down by institution type, and country.

Total Research Income

2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
England £113,747,632 £114,851,075 £117,463,599 £120,655,467 £124,889,051
Scotland £24,967,458 £24,284,379 £23,235,215 £21,158,815 £24,196,970
Wales £5,521,097 £5,771,539 £6,138,836 £5,813,848 £5,324,725
Ulster £4,880,387 £5,224,918 £6,397,775 £4,363,975 £4,416,940
Total £149,116,574 £150,131,911 £153,235,425 £151,992,105 £158,827,686

The table below outlines the number of universities submitted in each location and the type of institution. As can be seen England had the majority of university submissions at 69, followed by Scotland at 12, Wales at 6 and Ulster with 2, giving a total of 89 submissions. The largest group of institution type submissions was from Post-92 universities at 37, then followed with 30 from a selection of redbrick / glass plate type institutions, and the remaining 22 submissions from Russell Group institutions. One may also see the number of submitted staff based on institution type. As can be seen a total of 2158 staff were submitted to REF (Category A & C).

Location Submissions Institution Type Institutions Staff Submissions
England 69 Russell Group 22 912
Scotland 12 Post-92 37 546
Wales 6 Other 30 700
Ulster 2
Sector Total 89 89  2158

Calculating the average across each location and the computer science sector as a whole yields the table below. Looking at the figures for the 2012/13 academic year one can see that Ulster had the greatest average research income (A little over £2200K) – although it does have just two submitted institutions. Wales has the lowest average at a little under £900K. The total income at £158.8M averages out across the 89 universities to £1785K per School\Department.

2008-09 2009-10  2010-11 2011-12  2012-13
England £1,648,516 £1,664,508 £1,702,371 £1,748,630 £1,809,986
Scotland £2,080,622 £2,023,698 £1,936,268 £1,763,235 £2,016,414
Wales £920,183 £961,923 £1,023,139 £968,975 £887,454
Ulster £2,440,194 £2,612,459 £3,198,888 £2,181,988 £2,208,470
Sector Average £1,675,467 £1,686,875 £1,721,746 £1,707,776 £1,784,581

The 22 Russell Group universities brought in  over £101M for the 2012/13 academic year, this accounts for 64% of the total income across all 89 institutions, thereby leaving £57M to be distributed across the remaining 67 schools\departments. As seen in the table below.

2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Russell Group Totals £93,103,342 £91,483,897 £89,962,574 £93,528,618 £101,664,055
Remaining Income £56,013,232 £58,648,014 £63,272,851 £58,463,487 £57,163,631

This £57M can be further broken down by the distribution of same between the Post-92 institutions and the rest, as detailed below. The other 30 institutions for the 2012/13 year were awarded 39.7% the income of the Russell Group institutions, with the 37 Post-92 institutions receiving just 16.5% in comparison to the Russell Group.

2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Others £41,748,295 £43,056,467 £46,610,949 £41,427,815 £40,409,460
Post 92 £14,264,937 £15,591,547 £16,661,902 £17,035,672 £16,754,171

Looking at the average income per submitted staff member may help to give a better understanding of the funding distribution across the three different groupings. Again looking at the 2012/13 year the £111,474 average income of a Russell Group staff member is 1.93 times that of the other universities and 3.63 times that of a Post-92 staff member. Taking all 67 of the non Russell Group institutions the average staff member research income of £45,878 is 2.43 times less than a Russell Group member.

2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Staff
RG £102,087 £100,311 £98,643 £102,553 £111,474 912
Non RG £44,954 £47,069 £50,781 £46,921 £45,878 1246
Other £59,640 £61,509 £66,587 £59,183 £57,728 700
Post-92 £26,126 £28,556 £30,516 £31,201 £30,685 546

The average income per school\department may be seen below as is clearly evident the research income of a Russell Group institution is on average 10.2 times greater than a Post-92 school\department and 3.43 times more an the other 30 university schools\departments.

2008-09  2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Institutions
RG Average £4,231,970 £4,158,359 £4,089,208 £4,251,301 £4,621,093 22
Non RG  Avg £836,018 £875,343 £944,371 £872,589 £853,189 67
Other Avg £1,391,610 £1,435,216 £1,553,698 £1,380,927 £1,346,982 30
Avg for Post 92 £385,539 £421,393 £450,322 £460,424 £452,815 37

Looking closer at Scotland which had 12 submitted institutions two of these Russell Group universities – Edinburgh and Glasgow account for most of the funding income. As can be seen below the research funding gap between 2008 and 2012 has been narrowing between Edinburgh\Glasgow and the other 10 institutions. In 2008 the difference was 1.69 this has now reduced in 2012 to 1.05 times that of Edinburgh\Glasgow for the remaining funds. The bottom row in the table below shows the average income received across the 10 non Russell Group institutions.

2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Institutions
RG Scotland £15,711,247 £14,353,304 £12,432,224 £10,609,597 £12,416,813 2
Non RG Scotland £9,256,211 £9,931,075 £10,802,991 £10,549,218 £11,780,157 10
Non RG Avg £925,621 £993,108 £1,080,299 £1,054,922 £1,178,016

Looking further into the breakdown the table below highlights the research income awarded to each type of university, Post-92 (4), Other (6) and Russell Group (2) within Scotland. As can be seen the Russell Group brought in roughly 5.1 times the income of the Post-92 sector, whilst the “Other” group brought in about 3.83 times that of the Post-92 institutions.

2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Institutions
Scotland Post-92 £1,932,190 £2,115,600 £2,138,764 £2,341,638 £2,436,902 4
Scotland Other £7,324,021 £7,815,475 £8,664,227 £8,207,580 £9,343,255 6
Scotland RG £15,711,247 £14,353,304 £12,432,224 £10,609,597 £12,416,813 2
Scotland Total £24,967,458 £24,284,379 £23,235,215 £21,158,815 £24,196,970 12

Calculating the average research income for each category of university yields the following table below.

2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Institutions
Scotland Post-92 £483,048 £528,900 £534,691 £585,410 £609,226 4
Scotland Other £1,220,670 £1,302,579 £1,444,038 £1,367,930 £1,557,209 6
Scotland RG £7,855,624 £7,176,652 £6,216,112 £5,304,799 £6,208,407 2

The table below outlines the research income for the 12 institutions in Scotland submitted to REF. They have been ordered according to total research income over the five year period with Edinburgh on top with an income of just over £50M accounting for 43.02% of the Scottish total research income. This is followed by Glasgow again with a eight figure total income of £14M for the 5 years of REF accounting for 12.59% of the Scottish total.

2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Edinburgh £11,782,758 £10,646,353 £9,715,972 £8,406,203 £10,140,922
Glasgow £3,928,489 £3,706,951 £2,716,252 £2,203,394 £2,275,891
Heriot-Watt £1,193,172 £1,487,196 £2,041,984 £2,253,042 £2,386,225
Dundee £1,893,382 £2,162,972 £1,932,633 £1,582,233 £1,790,045
Aberdeen £1,310,316 £1,393,901 £1,741,994 £1,772,829 £2,678,515
St Andrews £1,496,331 £1,389,019 £1,540,910 £1,602,031 £1,501,825
Edinburgh Napier £858,647 £669,439 £683,900 £1,219,476 £1,304,373
Strathclyde £822,758 £937,109 £968,227 £615,779 £303,535
Stirling £608,062 £445,278 £438,479 £381,666 £671,110
UWS £393,000 £744,000 £548,000 £299,000 £425,000
RGU £418,237 £395,480 £401,576 £518,756 £504,205
Glasgow Caledonian £262,306 £306,681 £505,288 £304,406 £215,324
Scotland Year Total £24,967,458 £24,284,379 £23,235,215 £21,158,815 £24,196,970

The 5 year total research income percentage of the Scottish total research income, REF Score and number of submitted staff may be seen in the table below. Many articles may be seen online discussing a strong relation between research income and REF score, yet as can be seen below several institutions with a lower research income have performed better than others in terms of REF score.

5 Year Total % of 5 Yr Total REF Score Staff Submitted
Edinburgh £50,692,208 43.02% 3.20 104
Glasgow £14,830,977 12.59% 3.10 43
Heriot-Watt £9,361,619 7.94% 2.65 29
Dundee £9,361,265 7.94% 2.75 13
Aberdeen £8,897,555 7.55% 2.90 20
St Andrews £7,530,116 6.39% 2.70 24
Edinburgh Napier £4,735,835 4.02% 2.00 12
Strathclyde £3,647,408 3.10% 2.55 21
Stirling £2,544,595 2.16% 2.40 16
UWS £2,409,000 2.04% 2.00 14
RGU £2,238,254 1.90% 2.35 19
Glasgow Caledonian £1,594,005 1.35% 1.80 13
Scotland Total £117,842,837

Research Seminar on WSN’s

The research seminar given by Prof Simon Dobson last Friday 16th March 2012 is now available online. He got the 08:33 train from Edinburgh in the morning arriving at the School around 12:00. After having a chat and some lunch we went to C48 for the seminar. The seminar concluded with the usual round of tea/coffee before Simon set off to catch a train back to Edinburgh. All it all it was quite a busy day & the talk itself was both really interesting and entertaining. If you wish you can watch the video below to learn a bit more about wireless sensor networks. One can see the abstract available at as well as details of previous and upcoming seminars.

PhD Comics the Movie comes to Aberdeen

Its National Science & Engineering Week with events happening in and around Aberdeen right the way through to the weekend (Sunday 18th March). One can see a full programme of events by accessing this brochure in pdf format. I was delighted to see that PhD Comics the Movie will be screened on Tuesday 13th March from 6pm at the Zoology Lecture Theatre, Tillydrone Avenue (See page 5 of the brochure). Price of entry is £4 & there is no need to book. Should you need directions then a map of the area is accessable at the following link. I would say that this is essential viewing for anybody who is doing research. I am sure many of you have seen and can directly relate to many of the comic strips that are depicted, as they are so true to life in the vast majority of cases. You can read more about the movie from here and can watch the trailer below.

I had tried bringing it to Aberdeen myself shortly after it just came out with the hope of it being the first screening in Scotland, it however didn’t come to pass. So I am delighted to see that it has finally come to Aberdeen for Science Week and would recommend all those involved in PhD research and anybody considering such a career to go and see this.

IDEAS Research Seminar 27th Jan 2012

Our first IDEAS Research Seminar for 2012 took place today at St Andrew Street, C48 14:15 to 15:15. The invited speakers Dr Judy Robertson & Mr Andrew MacVean from Heriot-Watt University talked about the research they are doing in the area of Exergames.

Computing & Digital Media Research Seminars

Dr Judy Robertson, Mr Andrew MacVean – Heriot-Watt University

Lessons Learned from a Preliminary Study of an Exergame for

With evermore children in the Western world adopting a sedentary
lifestyle, there is an increased emphasis towards physical activity
interventions. Thanks to progressions in ubiquitous technologies,
exergames, games that facilitate and encourage exercise, have emerged as
a potential means to motivate children to exercise in a context they
find both familiar and enjoyable. While early research has shown the
potential of the genre, few games have been designed specifically with
children in mind, accommodating their unique demands. In our work, we
aim to close this gap by investigating how children react to, and make
use of an exergame designed specifically with them in mind. The aim is
to understand how different demographics of children (gender, gaming
background, exercise background, etc) react to a location-aware
exergame, in order to in the…

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Interactive Wall at UD // openFrameworks ✛ Kinect

This looks like a really interesting use of the Kinect to create an Interactive Wall. We are certainly beginning to see the future of Human Computer Interaction coming to the fore, by means of hands free whole body interaction. The styles of interaction we have seen in such films as Minority Report and Iron Man are moving from the realms of science fiction and research to the hands & body of the consumer. How will we be interacting with our computer systems in five or ten years from now?

3D Facial Database at London’s Science Museum

A new attraction has opened up at London’s Science Museum whereby visitors can have their faces scanned in 3D. It is envisaged that this will allow for the creation of the largest 3D facial database in the world. The exhibition is called “Me in 3D” and is open until 10th April 2012. So if you want to see a 3D scan of your face the pay a visit to the Science Museum before the exhibit closes up shop in April.

For many years 2D facial recognition systems have been the norm, but research into 3D facial recognition systems is now where all the work is really being done. If you are interested is learning more about presently existing 3D facial databases then take a look at ( One quite popular and freely available dataset is GavaDB ( which contains 549 3D facial scans. I would imagine that within a week or two the installation at the Science Museum will have created a database of 3D scans that far exceeds the size of many detailed in the above links. According to the website the whole process takes just five minutes.

To see further information about the 3D system take a look at