Welcome from the Dean

Dr Rodney Day, Dean of the School of Computer Science

rodney dayAs Dean of the School of Computer Science I’m tremendously proud of the School’s long and pioneering history, and of its focus on equipping students to apply their learning to real-world challenges.

Whether you’re studying software development, artificial intelligence and robotics, networking and security, software engineering, business applications or IT strategy and management, you’ll be learning from experts with experience of applying advanced technology in the real world. Our courses are designed to reflect the latest industry knowledge and are taught in laboratories with industry-standard equipment.

Applying the theory you’re learning to a real-life scenario, from cyber warfare network analysis to ethical hacking, is what makes studying enjoyable. At the School of Computer Science you’ll get the chance to be hands-on.

You’ll go on placements at companies such as Xerox, IBM, Parker Hannifin Manufacturing, Accenture, BT and GlaxoSmithKline and polish your skills through co-curricular activities and projects such as the University’s humanoid robot football team, which competes successfully in the international RoboCup championships, and Netizens, the university’s student-led ethical hacking team.

I studied civil engineering here in the late 1980s and have worked at the interface of engineering and computer science during much of my career. As an engineer I’m aware of just how much the fundamentals of computer science underpin a safe, vibrant and productive society, from cyber security in our buildings and telecoms systems to the electronics and computing requirements needed in today’s aeroplanes.

Our graduates work in roles ranging from security for global multinationals to IT for small to medium companies. You could be working on chatbots that keep our digital networks secure or on keeping a company’s website state of the art or developing quieter aircraft or more environmentally efficient cars.

It is a fast-paced, changing world and at this School we’ll equip you with the technological and scientific skills to be able to contribute positively to our future world.