School of Computing
Find out more about our teaching and research
At the School of Computing, we seek to solve society's challenges by researching new computing technologies, collaborating with private and public sector partners to apply those technologies, and developing highly skilled computing graduates.
Our students are some of the most skilled and employable computer graduates in the country. Our culture of trust and support helps our students achieve their ambitions, with more than 90% of our students being in work or further study 18 months after graduation in the last three HESA surveys (2017-2020).
Gender equality commitment
We hold the Athena SWAN Bronze award for gender equality and are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and career development for women and under-represented communities in computing.
We produce graduates who are role models for their discipline, and actively seek to engage in the education of the next generation of computer scientists. Our students learn everything they need to make positive contributions to our society. Our ethos of professional development and mentoring gives them opportunities to follow their ambitions from student to professional.
We support the ambition of our students by providing extra-curricular activities that explore all areas of computing. We nurture their talent and innovation by encouraging project work alongside our main degree programmes. Our students have gone on to big successes – one of our students received an offer from PwC to buy the company they developed as an undergraduate, just 6 months after developing the idea.
We focus on developing workplace skills and job readiness, and encourage our students to seek ambitious and challenging placements. Our students have completed placements with companies including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google and the Swiss investment bank UBS.
Flexibility is also important to how we teach — students have the option to combine teacher training and placement in their final year to gain Qualified Teacher Status along with their degree. We also have Distance Learning and Work-based Learning degrees for students from all places and stages of life.
To browse all of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, visit our Computing subject area page.
Computer science is vital for the future of our society, and the computing innovations developed by our researchers have improved and saved lives.
In a cross-discipline effort, we created a new user-friendly control, navigation and communication system for powered wheelchairs. With a built in, interactive AI, this development has improved the lives of wheelchair users, many of whom now have an opportunity for independent mobility, some for the first time.
We're engaged in cross-disciplinary research through our Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics. We're using our information systems and computer science expertise to make the day-to-day jobs involved in healthcare delivery and administration easier. We've also collaborated with the University of Southampton and the University of Oxford to improve NHS and social care services across the country.
Our work with the Royal College of Physicians has set a new standard for assessing the severity of acute illness (known as the "National Early Warning Score" or NEWS). This process is now used by 100% of paramedics and 76% of hospitals across NHS England. 83% of our research impact was rated as having outstanding or very considerable reach and significance in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
We've received research funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, Innovate UK, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, UK Space Agency, European Commission, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Welcome Trust, Ministry of Defence, Ufi Charitable Trust, National Institute for Health Research, British Academy, Health Innovation Challenge Fund, British Council, Royal Academy of Engineering, Technology Strategy Board and Portsmouth City Council.
Our areas of expertise
Explore the work we're doing across our four areas of expertise in Computing research.
Health and Wellbeing Technologies
We're improving the design of computer systems and wellbeing services to make the delivery of healthcare more efficient and cost-effective, and we're exploring how technology can influence lifestyle choices and reduce health risks.
Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
Our research is exploring practical applications of AI and data science for solving business problems and societal challenges
Cyber Security and Forensics
We're exploring solutions to emerging cyber security challenges and dealing with crime in the cyberspace
Our research is exploring the use of robotics and advanced sensor technologies for rehabilitation, diagnostics, and assisted living applications
Academic staff in our school are specialists in computing, computer science, computer networks, cyber security, data science and software engineering. We each contribute to teaching and student life in the School of Computing as course leaders, module coordinators, personal tutors, research supervisors, and the head and associate heads of school.
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