REF 2014

Computer science

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The Research Excellence Framework for 2014 has confirmed Liverpool's reputation for internationally outstanding research.

The Department of Computer Science was ranked 1st in the UK for 4* and 3* research, with 97% of our research being rated as world-leading or internationally excellent - the highest proportion of any computer science department in the UK.

We were ranked first in the UK for combined 3*/4* research output, and 5th for 4* output, and are one of the top ten computer science departments in the UK based on the grade point average score.

Among the submissions noted for broader impact was a computer program developed here for enabling and enhancing communication with children and vulnerable adults. The tool entitled ‘In My Shoes’ pioneers the use of the triadic interview where a dialogue between clinician and child is mediated through the use of a computer program. ‘In My Shoes’ is widely used by psychologists, child psychiatrists, health workers, educational workers and specialists in forensic services.

Researchers from the department have won multiple prizes, including the prestigious game theory and computer science prize and the SIAM Outstanding Paper Award.

See further information about the REF performance for the Faculty of Science and Engineering and for the University as a whole.