About us

About us

Since 1957, when Glasgow became the first university in Scotland to have an electronic computer, we have built a reputation for the excellence of our Computing Science research and our graduates. Today, our School of Computing Science is one of the foremost in the UK, setting itself the highest standards in research, and research-led learning and teaching.

In the UK's 2014 independent research exercise, we are rated top in Scotland for research impact with 68% of our impact judged world-leading and 32% internationally excellent.   In the overall research ranking, our School was judged equal 16th amongst UK computer science departments, rising to 10th position on research volume with 84% of all research judged world-leading or internationally excellent. We are 6th in the UK on research intensity-weighted GPA rank order (GPA * % returned).

Our School is ranked top 10 in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2017 league table, and is in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 and THE World Subject Rankings 2017. We regularly achieve top rankings in the National Student Survey in which final year students have rated the subject 1st or joint 1st for student satisfaction in four of the last nine years.   

We provide an invigorating and friendly working environment - we are large enough to sustain a rich diversity of interests, but small enough for everyone to know everyone else. Our ethos is that we are a team working together to deliver world-leading research, which drives high-quality learning and teaching.   Following the UK's referendum decision in 2016 to leave the EU, our international outlook will continue and we welcome staff and students from all nationalities and backgrounds.   EU referendum information and advice is available at www.gla.ac.uk/about/euinformation/.

Athena SWAN bronze awardOur School was awarded a departmental Bronze Award from Athena SWAN in 2015 recognising our commitment to provide the resources necessary to eliminate gender bias and create an inclusive culture that values female staff and students.

Sir Alwyn Williams Building

Sir Alwyn Williams Building

Research sphere with world

PufferSphere spherical display system for performative interaction

Undergraduate lab

A computing science undergraduate laboratory

Baxter robot

Baxter bi-manual humanoid robot for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research

GUTS

Members of our student society at a recent hackathon