Research overview

100% of our impact was judged world-leading in REF2021 (cf Overall, 98% of our research was deemed to be either internationally-excellent or world-leading; since the previous research exercise in 2014, the amount of world-leading research has increased from 36% to 63% .

Of note, 43% of our assessed research outputs are co-authored with international collaborators who contribute significantly to our success. We are also hugely focussed on training the next generation of world-changers - indeed over 49% of our assessed outputs were co-authored by PhD students. 

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.