About the Department
The Department of Computer Science was founded in 1982 and is housed in the Regent Court building on Portobello Street, completed in 1993. The Department is a member of the Faculty of Engineering. About 140 new undergraduate students join the Department each year.
The Department is housed in the Regent Court building on Portobello Street, opposite to the former St. George's church which has been converted into a modern lecture theatre. Regent Court is a pleasant purpose-built building, completed in 1993, and built around a grass courtyard. It contains the offices of our staff, most of our teaching laboratories, and seminar/tutorial rooms, many of which look out on the central courtyard. We also have a new dedicated computer laboratory in Edgar Allen House, a short walk from the Regent Court. From October 2015 students will also have access to dedicated state-of-the-art computer labs in the new £80million Diamond.
Lecture theatres are situated nearby on the campus. Regent Court is a 10 minute walk from the city centre, and a similar distance from the Students Union Building. Much of the surrounding area has been developed by the University, and is made up of a successful blend of redeveloped 19th Century industrial buildings and modern constructions. It is difficult to see where the University ends and the city begins, and the area is particularly well furnished with eating places, pubs, bars and bookshops.
Teaching, Research and Student Satisfaction
In April 2013, the University of Sheffield overtook the University of Cambridge for engineering research income, confirming us as a world-leader in the field.
Indeed, the Department has an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 92% of our research work was rated world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. We have a REF grade point average (GPA) of 3.39, ranking us 5th out of 89 computer science departments in the UK.
We achieve consistently high scores for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS). In the 2009 NSS, the Department scored a maximum of 100% for student satisfaction - better than any other computer science department in the UK.