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The Ian Wand Building

As part of our '50 Years of Computer Science at York' celebrations in 2022, the Computer Science building was renamed The Ian Wand Building after our second Head of Department. Professor Ian Wand was not only a wonderful academic, leading the team that built one of the first compilers for the Ada programming language, he proved a superb administrator, starting the process of building the Department up to the size, scale and reputation it enjoys today. 

He was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of York in 1999, remaining in the role until his retirement in 2002, and was a leading figure in many university projects including the establishment of the Hull York Medical School.

The Vice-Chancellor unveiled the plaque with Ian's widow, Helen Wand at our '50 Years of Computer Science at York' celebration event on 30 June 2022.

Our location on Campus East

The Department of Computer Science is part of Campus East. The campus includes four academic departments: Computer Science; the School of Arts and Creative Technologies (ACT), Sociology and the Law School. Other facilities are also sited on this campus: Goodricke College, Langwith College, Constantine College and the newly opened Anne Lister and David Kato Colleges. The International Pathways College is in the Piazza building and the Ron Cooke Hub now houses part of the School of ACT whilst also sharing conference space and a lecture theatre with the wider university.

Our facilities

We have grown and developed over the years enhancing our facilities for both students and staff. We house several dedicated undergraduate and postgraduate software laboratories, as well as two hardware laboratories.

Our building also houses several research labs, including the Interactive Home Laboratory - where the Human-Computer Interaction research group undertake much of their research, along with their multi-disciplinary partners.

Our video gives you the main highlights on a tour of the Ian Wand Building.