Facts and Figures
Research Excellence Framework 2014
We are immensely proud of the School of Computer Science's exceptional performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
The REF is the new system (replacing the Research Assessment Exercise) for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions and effectively determines the research grants we will receive from the HEFCE.
Our Head of Research, Dr Graham Hutton oversaw the REF process and the school garnered results that have even surpassed our fantastic results from the RAE in 2008.
These REF results have been achieved within the context of a School that has grown in size by more than 50% since the last assessment, and the fact that we have been able to achieve such excellent results during a period of significant expansion is a credit to the talent and hard work of everyone in the School.
REF 2014 Highlights include:
• Research power: we are now ranked in the top 10 of all Computer Science departments in the UK in terms of research power (which takes into account both research quality and number of staff), improving our position four places since the last assessment to 9th in the UK.
• Market share: our increase in market share of quality-related funding is predicted to be the 5th best in Computer Science in the UK.
• Quality: 99% of our research activity was classified as being at international level, with 37% being rated as world-leading, 51% as internationally excellent, and 11% as internationally recognised.
• Outputs: 99% of our research publications were classified at international level, with 22% rated as world-leading, 59% as internationally excellent, and 17% as internationally recognised.
• Impact: all of our research impact activities were classified as being in the top two quality categories, with 48% being rated as world-leading, and 52% as internationally excellent.
• Environment: our research environment received the 2nd best rating in Computer Science in the UK, with 85% of our activity being rated as world-leading, and 15% as internationally excellent.
The School has seen sustained growth in research income, and received approaching £20M of new research income during the period 2008-2013. The School enjoys a healthy mix of funding from UK research councils (EPSRC, BBSRC, ESRC, AHRC), the European Union, industry, public bodies and charities, reflecting our strength in interdisciplinary working.
Research at the University of Nottingham is considered elite in key areas of computer science including:
- scheduling and optimisation
- mixed reality
- computer vision/image processing
- foundations of programming
The Average UCAS Tariff Score for undergraduate students in the School of Computer Science is 364, well above the average score across all UK computer science schools.
The School has a substantial student population which includes:
- 407 undergraduate students (half of first year UK students received a core bursary in 2011/12)
- 134 postgraduate MSc students
- 153 postgraduate PhD students