REF 2021

The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

REF 2021 results

Computer Science in Liverpool has been ranked 5th in the UK for world leading (4*) research outputs, and 100% of our research environment has been rated as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).


REF 2021 Impact

AI research co-creates critically-acclaimed AI-inspired art, and increases public awareness and understanding of AI technologies

AI technologies will transform society over the coming decades. Recognising the importance of raising public awareness and understanding of issues related to ethics, communication, and trust that may arise due to the widespread adoption of such technologies, the University of Liverpool’s AI research has underpinned a strategic programme of public engagement that:

  • Inspired and enabled the co-creation of the Sprung a Leak art installation by multi-award-winning artist Cécile B. Evans that toured major art galleries and museums across the world.
  • Increased public awareness and understanding of AI technologies through robotics outreach workshops and the televised 2019 Royal Institution Christmas Lecture series

Meet the Robots

nDrites: improving laboratory efficiency

University of Liverpool researchers developed nDrites in collaboration with laboratory software company CSols Ltd. nDrites is a multi-agent software system that provides much-needed connectivity between laboratory resources (analytical instruments, robots, laboratory data systems, and laboratory applications). nDrites have significantly benefitted commerce and the economy in the UK and globally by impacting upon CSols and the analytical instrumentation industry. nDrites have helped to improve productivity and product integration for lab instrument manufacturers, productivity and enhanced quality control for high-profile end -users and improved water sampling efficiency four five UK water companies.

laboratory at CSols

Geodemographic classifications boost public service provision, encourage sustainable travel, promote the arts, and aid advocacy efforts

University of Liverpool’s Geographic Data Science Lab (GDSL) applied machine learning to create geodemographic classifications from high-dimensional spatial data. This drove a step change in the use of geodemographic classifications by government, improved the efficacy of the targeting of resources and impact in the public, private, and third sectors, for example:

  • Improving Policy Implementation and Engagement with the Arts in Hull.
  • Creating A New Tool to Increase Sustainable Travel in London.
  • A More Accurate Classification for the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
  • Transforming Marketing Strategies for Award-Winning Theatre in England.
  • Powering GIS Software and Improving User Confidence in the Private Sector.

LIFTUPP: a tool for ensuring consistent performance of clinical graduates

LIFTUPP is an information system for clinical education, developed by the University of Liverpool’s Department of Computer Science and Dental School. LIFTUPP shifts the focus of clinical education from knowledge acquisition to consistency of competent practice. The system has transformed the UK’s dental education and has seen uptake in other types of clinical education both nationally and in the US and Australia. LIFTUPP has had significant impact on health, education and the delivery of professional services by supporting educators to deliver better clinical education, improving the quality of clinical education for students and producing better clinicians.

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