Department of Computer Science

Rankings and reputation

The University of Surrey’s Department of Computer Science is ranked highly in the UK and world university league tables, reflecting the Department’s reputation for conducting leading-edge research and providing an outstanding teaching and learning environment.

Here are some highlights from the most recent international and UK league tables. You can read more about our progress in the SJTU Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and The Guardian University Guide below.

UK league tables

In the major national UK league tables, Surrey has been ranked in the following positions:

2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)

60% of research by Department of Computer Science rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

Surrey has risen to 22nd place among 106 institutions for ‘Research Power.’

Professional recognition of our academics

Among all the academics, six have received recognition from at least one professional society in related field by being elected to the highest level of membership (fellowship), which include:

In addition, eight academics (Prof Anthony TS HoProf Yaochu Jin,Prof Steve SchneiderDr André GrüningDr Lee GillamDr Shujun LiDr Sotiris MoschoyiannisDr Norman Poh) are members of technical committees, executive committees or working groups or boards of scientific associations including: IEEEIFIPISOENNS.

Eight academics (Prof Anthony TS Ho, Prof Yaochu JinProf Steve SchneiderDr Clive Cheong Took, Dr Lee GillamDr Shujun LiDr Mark ManulisDr Norman Poh) are currently serving on editorial boards of over 20 international scientific journals.

Three academics (Prof Yaochu JinProf Anthony TS HoDr Lee Gillam) are currently (Co-)Editors-in-Chief of international journals including IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental SystemsComplex & and Intelligent SystemsJournal of Information Security and Applications, and Journal of Cloud Computing: Advances, Systems and Applications.

More information about the ARWU

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), released annually by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in China, is one of the best-established and most prestigious world university league tables. A key feature of the ARWU rankings is that its criteria focus solely on research output, making it an ideal tool for gauging the quality of universities’ research.

The University of Surrey has ranked in the top 150 in the world and top 10 in the UK for computer science in the ARWU subject rankings for four consecutive years (2012-2015). Within the UK, it was ranked at the 9th place in 2012 and 2013, 8th in 2014, and 10th in 2015. (The ARWU subject rankings have not been updated since 2015, so there is no results for years after that.)

In 2012 and 2013, the University was ranked as the best UK university for the ‘TOP’ criterion (the percentage of papers published in top computer science journals) with an outstanding score of 89.6% in 2012 and 93.8% in 2013. In 2014 and 2015, Surrey was ranked the second best UK university for the ‘TOP’ criterion, with a score of 85.9% in 2014 and 87.3% in 2015.

More information about the Guardian University Guide

Published annually, the Guardian University Guide does not include criteria related to research and is therefore a useful tool for gauging the quality of teaching and other student-oriented factors in UK universities.

Surrey’s Department of Computer Science has seen significant improvement over the past several years, rising from 26th place in 2013 to 17th in 2014 and 2017, to the 9th in 2015, 8th in 2016, and 6th in 2018.