The School of Computing and Communications is the home of Lancaster's world-class research and teaching activities in computer science and communications systems. Currently the School comprises around 50 academic staff, 400+ students and around 120 researchers.
We were assessed at 24/24, 'excellent', in the most recent Periodic Quality Review of teaching. Our wide-ranging expertise, spanning physical communications technologies to human/societal aspects, enables us to offer correspondingly comprehensive coverage in our cutting-edge undergraduate degree programmes. For example, as well as core Computer Science and Software Engineering programmes we run a popular degree in IT for the Creative Industries. As well as traditional three year undergraduate programmes we offer study-abroad options, and also MSci variants that feature industry placements. At the MSc level we offer a similarly wide range of options, all strongly informed by our research expertise, and addressing both classical foundational themes and emerging concerns (e.g. our highly successful MSc in Cyber Security).
Our research is recognized for its exceptional quality and international reputation. The UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 overall ranked us 12th in the UK for Computer Science, with 91% of our research rated as world leading or internationally excellent (and 7th in the UK for producing work in these two categories). We are supported by RCUK, EU and industry funding. Much of our research crosscuts traditional research fields, is strongly multidisciplinary, and focuses on achieving high impact. As such, we have contributed substantially to a wide range of application domains including energy, transport, cyber-crime and social computing. Achieving impact is facilitated by our Knowledge Business Centre (KBC), the School's integrated business services and incubator unit. This comprises around 5 dedicated staff, maintains extensive contacts with local and national businesses, and houses a number of high-tech SMEs.
We run a thriving PhD programme, currently comprising around 100 students. This benefits both from our core research strengths and our multidisciplinary focus. As an example of the latter, our Highwire Doctoral Training Centre runs a large-scale EPSRC-funded PhD programme that seeks a creative fusion between computer science, management and design.