Dean of the School of Computing

Research Among Best in the World

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated our computing research 3rd in Scotland and 22nd in the UK (out of 89 institutions). REF 2014 noted our strengths in Research Environment and Impact, where we were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent throughout. 68% of our research output was also ranked in these top two categories.

The School of Computing is truly distinctive, and our commitment to the student experience has also seen us rated 4th in the UK for Computing by the 2014 National Student Survey. We collaborate with a broad range of groups to ensure that technological systems are built to meet the needs and aspirations of a wide variety of people. Our work benefits society and helps to enhance the lives of many individuals.

Our focus on two areas of internationally leading excellence – Human Centred Computing and Intelligent Systems – equips us to contribute to a diverse range of fields, including: assistive technologies and inclusive design, space technology, argumentation, computer vision and image processing. These are just a few areas that structure the School’s research and its postgraduate and undergraduate portfolios. Work in these fields often involves enriching interdisciplinary collaboration with students and researchers from areas such as biomedical and clinical sciences, creative arts and the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID).

Our focus on these two areas means that the School plays a vital role in addressing real world problems. Students and staff at the School have a particular ability to respond to the ever-changing needs of people, formulating unique and effective solutions. This has led to the rich array of partnerships that we have across the University, as well as nationally and internationally. Our very interactive approach to learning and teaching is genuinely research-led: modules from Levels 1 to Level 5 (MSc) are led and taught by our professors and lecturers whose work is acclaimed as internationally excellent.

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‘Computers are only for Geeks’ – Tuesday, 24th March

Monday 23 March 2015


The idea that computers are only for geeks will be challenged by Dr Karen Petrie, from the University of Dundee, and professional comedian Susan Morrison tomorrow evening. The latest instalment of the ‘Cabaret of Dangerous ideas’ series takes place at Braes Bar in Perth Road from 7-8.

Students to learn about BT graduate opportunities

Tuesday 17 March 2015

Computing students interested in a career with telecommunications giant BT should head to Wolfson on Wednesday, March 18, to hear about the company’s graduate scheme. University of Dundee graduate Bruce Taylor, who now works for BT in Glasgow, will speak in the Wolfson Theatre, Queen Mother Building at 2pm.

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