Professor John McDermid

Head of Department

I am acting as Head of Department for the 2016-17 Academic Year, then will handover responsibility to Professor Neil Audsley.  I am looking forward to helping to guide the Department at a time of great opportunity and challenge - not the least of which is the impact of BREXIT.

Our excellence in both teaching and research means we are consistently ranked as one of the best computer science departments in the UK, and our strong research links with industry should help us respond to the challenges of leaving the EU.

We teach across the range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development and training. Our strong links with industry ensure that what we teach is up to date with current trends in such a dynamic industry – and means that our graduates are very much in demand in the modern workplace.

Our excellent employability record speaks for itself: over 95 per cent of our alumni gain graduate employment or go on to further study within six months of leaving York.

Our research is setting the agenda in Computer Science– the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated us 

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

This result confirms the long-standing global reach and real-world significance of our research and makes us one of best Departments in the country for nurturing excellent research by staff and research students alike. All aspects of our impact and environment were judged to be of world-leading or international standard.

Our research often translates into real world solutions for both industry and governments. Examples of organisations we have worked with include BAE Systems, IBM, NASA, the NHS, Thales and the Ordnance Survey, to name a few.  We have also fostered the establishment of many spin-off companies, and expect to continue this as an effective means of technology transfer.

We are proud to be located in new purpose-built accommodation on the campus expansion at Heslington East. Our fantastic new facilities are 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 with researchers and business.

We work hard to provide a thriving academic community for all our staff and students. As the Head of Department, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Computer Science at York. I hope that you will find a way to become involved – whether as a student, researcher, academic or industrial collaborator.

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Deputy Heads of Department

Find out more about the support I get from two other roles in the Department: