Head of the Computing

Research Among Best in the World

Computing at the University of Dundee is truly distinctive, and our commitment to the student experience has seen us rated 3rd in the UK for Computing by the 2016 National Student Survey and 1st in Scotland. Our students have a unique opportunity to collaborate with a broad range of user groups who meet in the purpose-built Queen Mother Building to ensure that technological systems are developed to meet the needs and aspirations of a wide variety of people.

Our research benefits society and helps to enhance the lives of many individuals. 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.

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: healthcare are assistive technologies and inclusive design, space technology, argumentation, computer vision and image processing. These are just a few areas that structure our research and its postgraduate and undergraduate portfolios. Work in these fields often involves enriching interdisciplinary collaboration with students and researchers from areas such as psychology, biomedical and clinical sciences, creative arts and the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID).

Our focus on these areas means that Computing@Dundee plays a vital role in addressing real world problems. Our staff and students 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.

We are a small, friendly community where we know each other and value diversity in culture and interests. Our ethos of inclusivity is reflected in our commitment to provide the resources necessary to support the individual needs of everyone – both staff and students. Computing@Dundee was awarded a departmental Bronze Award from Athena SWAN in 2015, recognising our commitment to provide an inclusive culture that values diversity among staff and students.

Prof. Annalu Waller OBE, Computing Discipline Lead

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