School of Computing Science

Sir Alwyn Williams BuildingSince 1957, when we became the first university in Scotland to have an electronic computer, Glasgow has built a reputation for the excellence of its Computing Science research and its 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.

We have 64.3 FTE academic staff, support in the region of 130 research students, and deliver teaching to approximately 1,600 undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. Annual research income is more than £3 million.

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).

‌‌Glasgow Computing is renowned for research and teaching at the intersection of theoretical and applied Computing, and our undergraduate degree programmes are underpinned by a deep theoretical understanding.   We are 4th in the Russell Group for graduate career prospects (HESA 2017-18).

Banner with 6th in the UK for Computer Science in the Times Sunday Times GUG 2021 and 8th in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2021