The Department of Computer Science

We are a leading department for Computer Science in the UK, and are consistently highly ranked in UK league tables and for student satisfaction.


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, and it is for these reasons that our employment statistics are above average for a UK Computer Science department.

We provide teaching at all levels:


Our research is setting the agenda for Computer Science, and this also feeds into our teaching.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results ranked York's Computer Science

  • 7th overall in the UK;
  • 5th for impact;
  • 6th for environment.

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. 

Professor Neil Audsley
Head of Department

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

Professor Richard Paige
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

  • 47 academic members of staff
  • 16 professors
  • Over 500 undergraduate students
  • Nearly 250 postgraduate students
  • 171 research students
  • 24/7 lab facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students



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