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Research in computer science

A highly influential and far-reaching research department working at the cutting edge of computer science.

We have an established reputation for conducting fundamental and empirical research into the development and engineering of safe, ethical and secure computational systems for the amelioration of human life and conditions.

Computer science profoundly influences most industries – from healthcare to gaming to security. At the University of York we understand the extensive reach of computer science research and the interdisciplinary nature of many of the problems computer scientists tackle.

We collaborate with industry, charities and policy makers, as well as scientific communities nationally and internationally to respond to global challenges.

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Professor Nick Pears

Professor Nick Pears

Deputy Head of Department (Research)

The Research Excellence Framework 2021

  • We’re a UK top ten research department - according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021). Also, 100% of our research impact and our research environment is rated 3* or higher.

Learn more about the 2021 REF results

Our research groups

Our core research strengths reflect our expertise and understanding of interdisciplinary computer science research.

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Impact and engagement

As well as making an impact within national and international research communities, our research influences developers and manufacturers across a range of industries and has a direct impact on the public.



Our research centres span several departments and reflect how we collaborate with researchers from different subject areas.

These centres enable us to work across disciplines and with industry to tackle major challenges that face computer science.

Meet our Early Career Researchers

The department has a number of academic staff who are in the early stages of their careers - either within eight years of their PhD award or within six years of their first academic appointment.

Find out about their careers so far and the types of research they do.

Contact us

Professor Nick Pears

Professor Nick Pears

Deputy Head of Department (Research)