Our reputation

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Top ten in the UK for Computer Science, Complete University Guide 2021

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 1500 students from over 55 countries studying with us. 

The quality of our research, and the funding it attracts, means we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research, which means you will be taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the top of their fields.

The School is led by Professor Andy Bulpitt, Head of School, supported by Professor Tony Cohn, Director of Research and Innovation, and Dr Mark Walkley, Director of Student Education.

Our achievements

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.

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