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Hope one of top 10 places to study Computer Science in UK

Liverpool Hope's School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering is one of the top 10 places to study Computer Science in the UK, according to Guardian University League Tables 2020.

In the new tables published this month, Hope’s Computer Science programme is also ranked 8th out of 105 in the UK.

It means the course rubs shoulders with similar programmes at Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews, Imperial College, Warwick and Nottingham in the tables.

Hope’s next nearest North West University is Manchester in 13th place, and the next nearest local institution is the University of Liverpool in 40th place.

The latest tables build on the successes in last month’s Complete University Guide 2020, in which Hope was ranked 5th in the UK, and top in the North West, for student satisfaction.

The school credits its remarkable result to hard work by academic and non-academic staff, fostering a caring and supportive environment for students, and by research-informed teaching encouraging students to attempt ambitious projects.

In the last REF (2014) exercise 100% of the research outcomes in Computer Science and Informatics Unit were rated as being internationally excellent, and they ranked fifth in the North West for Research Intensity.

The School delivers degree programmes such as BEng, MEng and an IMA accredited MMath and BSc, as well as postgraduate programmes in Data Science, Robotics and Advanced Computer Science.

Associate Professor in Computer Science David Reid said: “The infectious enthusiasm for the subject as it rapidly evolves is often apparent in classes and drives changes in the curriculum.

“Being able to nimbly adapt content to demands of employers and to technological advances and linking it with world-class research from academics in the school, has led to students being placed in companies such as Facebook, IBM, Oculus, Microsoft and Google.

“As new subjects gradually come into public consciousness, recent evolution of the curriculum continues: the school now offers separate robotics, electronic engineering and AI courses alongside computer science and each is attracting a lot of attention, and excitement, from the potential future student cohort.

“As the inventor of holography Dennis Gabor said “The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented”.

“In an age of pessimism, there was never a better time to study subjects that will have a profound influence on the future, and to incorporate the ethos of Hope into that future.”

Professor Atulya Nagar, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Head of the School, said: “I am delighted that the excellence in our teaching and student experience has been recognised with the School being ranked eighth in the UK.

“This reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff and students.

“As a School we are resolutely interdisciplinary in our approach, always innovating and enhancing our learning and teaching as well as our research profile with cutting edge research in the areas of Robotics, AI and Intelligent Systems, and Mathematical Sciences.”

Published on 26/06/2019