Research Assessment Exercise 2008 Results

RAE2008: University of Ulster ranked in top 20% in the UK for Computer Science research power

Computer Science research at the University of Ulster has shot up 34 places in the UK ranking, and is now placed amongst the top universities in the UK by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Computer Science at Ulster has been ranked 15th for research power out of a list of 81 UK universities, moving up from 49th in RAE2001. Our submission of 41 staff was the 8th largest in the UK, with 55% of the submission judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent, and 90% internationally recognized. Computer Science is a highly competitive discipline - the 3rd largest unit of assessment in the UK, involving all of the leading universities.

This recognition by RAE2008 of Ulsterís research excellence in Computer Science provides a strong foundation for the activities of our expanding Research Institute. In the short period since the RAE submission a number of significant strategic initiatives have already been established - these include the establishment of two new Centres of Excellence in Point-of-Care Sensors and Computational Neuroscience, with a total of £3.5M of external funding, and leadership of the EPSRC-DST funded consortium to establish the India-UK Advanced Technology Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (IU-ATC), involving collaboration with leading academic institutions in the UK and India and partnership with BT Research Laboratories. The internationally-leading quality of Ulsterís research in Computer Science and Informatics is demonstrated by the fact that over £3M has been attracted within the last year alone in new grant awards from the UK Research Councils.

Computer Science Research Institute

The Computer Science Research Institute (CSRI) was established in 2004 as part of the University's institutional strategy to facilitate greater selectivity in research support. The Institute currently comprises over 40 research active staff from three Schools in the Faculty of Computing and Engineering: Schools of Computing and Information Engineering (at Coleraine), Computing and Intelligent Systems (at Magee), and Computing and Mathematics (at Jordanstown), together with 20 research associates and research fellows, and over 70 doctoral research students within the Research Graduate School.

There are strong collaborations locally in research and development programmes of technology companies, throughout Europe in research projects partnering government, commercial and educational institutions, and globally with research institutions, particularly in China, India and the USA, to establish internationally recognised centres of excellence. The most recent major development is the newly established Intelligent Systems Research Centre (May 2007), specialising in international research and development in the field of computational intelligence. Knowledge and technology transfer is supported through a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Two new Centres have been established in recent years with a commitment to enhanced engagement with industry and research users and stimulation of regional economic development: the Electronics Production and Innovation (EPI) Centre, established in 2004; and the Wireless Technology Research Centre, established in 2005.

CSRI comprises four research groups:

Note: for information on PhD opportunities in Computer Science, please visit the Research Graduate School.