Our Research

The School of Computing and Communications is committed to conducting world-class research with high impact. We publish in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences, play major roles in the international research community, engage closely with industry and research users, and are active in developing new interdisciplinary research agendas.

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). An International Review of UK Computer Science cited us as one of only a handful of centres undertaking "leading edge systems research".

The School's research output spans several major sub-fields of our discipline, including Communications and NetworkingComputer SystemsIntelligent SystemsSoftware Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction. The School has identified three interdisciplinary areas as key growth areas: Data Science, Cybersecurity and Digital Health. We actively pursue research agendas that cut across traditional field boundaries to achieve transformative developments in several sub-fields simultaneously.

We are proud of our vibrant research culture in the School. Over 80 full-time academic and research staff and over 100 research students have been attracted to Lancaster from all over the world. Across all our activities, we share a strong engineering ethos in our research that emphasizes understanding of real-world challenges and development and experimental evaluation of systems.

Our research is supported by grants from the UK Research Councils, the European Commission and industrial sponsors. The total value of our current grants exceeds £12M. Our grant portfolio reflects our commitment to collaborative research, including on an international scale.

To become part of our research team you can apply for PhD study at Lancaster.