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School of Computing

Our research

Our research ranges from breakthrough results in the theoretical foundations of computer science through to highly applied computational modelling and systems engineering, carried out in collaboration with leading companies.

We have an established track record for delivering high quality research with over 85% of research activity rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Over the past seven years we have attracted grants from each of the seven UK Research Councils, government departments, the European Union and many industrial sources. We have also created the Yorkshire Computing Network to broaden our channels of knowledge transfer to industry and public sector organisations, and host community-building meetings.

Current research is carried out within two Institutes.

Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Biological systems, which covers the following research themes:

Institute for Computational and Systems Science, which covers the following research themes:

The School is home to a large community of research staff and students, with over 30 research staff and 70 research students working as groups within dedicated research laboratories. Groups are led by senior staff who are internationally recognised leaders in their field, and each one runs an active series of research meetings and seminars.

Research papers and reports

We have an international reputation for the quality of our research activities.


Research Excellence Framework 2014
Unit of assessment: Computer Science and Informatics
  • 3.17 overall quality profile
  • 100% of our research having either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 86% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • 77.9% of our research outputs are ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent

Research degrees

Computing PGR

We are actively seeking research students to work on key projects.

Recent news

Big data

Two grants will make the University of Leeds a major centre for ‘Big Data’ analysis.



We have a wide range of facilities to support our teaching and research.

Research brochure


Download a copy of our research brochure.