Our reputation

6th in the UK for Computer Science - Complete University Guide 2020

In 1957, the University of Leeds was one of the first universities in the UK to buy a computer. This was a revolutionary development in university science and engineering, and the springboard for academic computer science in the university. Today, the School of Computing has a global reputation for its teaching and research with over 700 students from over 55 countries studying with us. Over 85% of our research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Our achievements

  • 6th in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • 11th in the Guardian university league tables 2020
  • 94% of our recent graduates are employed in a professional or managerial role or in further study within six months of graduating (latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey - 2016/17)

University awards

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Every six years, the UK’s four higher education funding bodies undertake an exercise to measure the quality of research undertaken by UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The funding bodies use the outcomes to inform the allocation of their research funding to HEIs. The Research Excellence Framework was the framework used in 2014.

Unit of assessment: Computer Science and Informatics

  • 3.17 overall quality profile
  • 100% of our research has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 86% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • 77.9% of our research outputs are ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent.