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UoA 11 Computer Science and Informatics

With a GPA of 3.41, the percentage of our overall submission ranked world-leading or internationally excellent has increased to 96%.

Our commitment to working with industry and other partners to address real world challenges is reflected in 100% of our research impact assessed as outstanding or very significant.

In addition to increasing our GPA for each area, our research power (an indicator of the scale and quality of our submission) has tripled since REF 2014.

We foster an inclusive, diverse and collaborative research community. Reflective of this, we submitted 100% of our eligible staff to this Unit of Assessment.

Our results

Quality level 4 star % 3 star % 2 star % 1 star %Unclassified %
Impact 62.537.

Our research environment

Our research is organised into 3 priority areas: Artificial intelligence and data analytics; Cybersecurity, privacy and human-centred computing; Visual computing.

Since REF 2014 we have seen a transformation of our research environment with the School almost doubling in size. We have moved into a new £39 milion purpose-built facility shared with the School of Mathematics called Abacws, designed to facilitate interaction between disciplines and give our research groups new freedom to develop research culture and build identity.

Our ethos of forging interdisciplinary partnerships has resulted in the leadership and engagement of five university research centres covering Data Science, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, Crime and Security, and the Social Sciences.

We have developed strong strategic relationships with the likes of Airbus, IBM, ONS and Tsinghia University which have helped to shape aspects of our research agenda, leading to over £2 million of funding, and generated international impact reaching the United States and China.

This activity has strengthened our reputation and influence, with our experts being appointed to leadership roles for the likes of the Distributed Analytics and Information Science International Technology Alliance (DAIS ITA) programme, the European Association for Artificial Intelligence, and Supercomputing Wales.

Our research income has continued to grow during the REF period totalling £15 million including 51 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Research Council grants, 24 European Union (EU) funded grants and 26 from industry.

Discover our research

Discover how our priority areas focus on emerging trends in our rapidly-evolving discipline to carry out impactful research looking at real-world problems resulting in positive outcomes for individuals, communities and society at large.

Visualisation of a data strand

Detecting the DNA of cyberattacks

A collaboration between Professor Pete Burnap and Airbus has led to a completely novel way of detecting and preventing malicious software.

Abacws Research Homepage


Find out about our world-class research in complex systems, data and knowledge engineering and visual computing.


Our work has an impact across numerous multidisciplinary areas.