Research overview

We are rated top in Scotland for research impact with 68% of our impact judged world-leading and 32% internationally excellent (cf   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) (Times Higher Education Subject Ranking on Intensity).  

We have 64 academic staff (53 research and teaching and 11 teaching, learning and scholarship), 3 Research Fellows, 35 Research Associates/Assistants, and more than 150 PhD students.   Our research strategy is based on combining world-leading theoretical work with practical applications and much of our research has created high public impact, e.g.  NHS Kidney Exchange Programme.

The School’s research is driven by our Sections (see the list on the right).

We are also lead partners in the  Centre for Computing Science Education (CCSE) which will be a catalyst to improve CS education at all levels, bringing together those interested within the University, particularly the Schools of Computing Science, Education, Psychology and Business, as well as those outside, including industry, the Scottish Qualifications Authority, and Education Scotland.

Our research groups have sustained their world-leading quality and productivity. In the ACM Digital Library, Glasgow is in the 95th percentile worldwide for citations and 100th percentile for downloads, producing per annum around 200 publications. Since 2008, over 48,000 citations (Google Scholar) have been made to the publications of our School's research staff. Our project portfolio includes around 127 externally funded projects since 2008: 28 of these projects were industrially funded; 41 were EPSRC projects; 11 were EC-funded projects. The School currently hosts externally funded research projects with an annual income of ~£3 million.

Our research degrees enjoy world-wide prestige and we offer postgraduate programmes of outstanding quality. Postgraduate students benefit from the best possible support and supervision and, on graduating, they are well qualified to take up key posts in industry and academia.

The vibrant research culture of our School strongly encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration with each research section running its own seminar series, as well as contributing to a weekly research forum.