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The Department of Computer Science


Welcome from Head of Department, Professor Paul Cairns. Our excellence in teaching and research, plus our strong industrial links, make us one of the UK's leading Computer Science departments. 


Our teaching helps to prepare all our graduates for the workplace at all levels. We do this through close collaboration with industry to ensure that we keep up with emerging trends in such a dynamic sector. Our principled approach also allows our graduates to adapt quickly.

We provide teaching at all levels:


We have an established reputation for conducting research that has real impact in a wide range of sectors; in the Times Higher Education's ranking of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were ranked 6th for research impact and equal 7th in the UK overall.

Find out more about the research we're leading, and our research centres.

Collaboration with industry

We have a long history of successful collaboration with industry. This ranges from ensuring our teaching is relevant to knowledge transfer to organisations and governments worldwide. Find out how we can help your business through consultancy, research or bespoke professional development and training.

Our facilities

In September 2010, the Department moved to brand-new, purpose-built accommodation on the new University campus expansion on Campus East at the University of York. Our building is an expression of the University's belief in fostering the highest standards of academic excellence, delivering a world-class student experience, and providing a stimulating environment to support interactions between the University, researchers and business.

Find out more about our facilities, including a video tour, showing our labs, teaching and research spaces.

Our people

The Department is managed by the Head of Department, assisted by two Deputy Heads of Department, and a non-academic Department Manager.

Professor Paul Cairns, Head of Department

Professor Paul Cairns
Head of Department

Jayne Lawrence
Department Manager, with responsibility for Professional Support Services and strategic planning

Dr Simon O'Keefe, Deputy Head of Department (Teaching), Department of Computer Science, University of York

Dr Simon O'Keefe
Deputy Head of Department, with responsibility for teaching

Dr Ibrahim Habli, Deputy Head of Department (Research)

Dr Ibrahim Habli
Deputy Head of Department, with responsibility for research

Open to the public

We run a series of public lectures, to give the public a chance to find out more about Computer Science in general, as well as the work taking place at York. 

The lectures include speakers from both inside and outside the Department, and typically take place twice a year. 

A view of the new Computer Science building with sign

Fast facts about Computer Science at York

  • 58 academic members of staff
  • 53 researchers
  • 16 professors
  • 46 professional support staff
  • Over 750 undergraduate students
  • Nearly 250 postgraduate students
  • 169 research students
  • Over 1500 Master online students
  • 24/7 lab facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students



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