Research groups

Swansea computer scientists enjoy working with a huge range of collaborators from all over the world and play their part in leading the development of the subject. Our main research groups are currently:

Postgraduate research

The Department offers an active and stimulating research atmosphere for postgraduate research students. Its internationally-leading research groups offer expert supervision for Masters and PhD studies.

The Department awards bursaries and scholarships each summer, in addition to those funded by the University.

Research publications

Research publications of all academic and research staff at Swansea University are listed on Cronfa, the University's research publication repository.

This filter lists only those research publications in Cronfa having a Computer Science author. The same publications are also listed on the individual Computer Science staff profile pages.

The Department's technical report series was discontinued in 2011.

Research seminars

Our research groups run their own series of research seminars. These seminars often assume familiarity with a particular research topic, but all are welcome to attend.

The Department also has a series of Distinguished Lectures, whose topics are intended to be accessible – and of interest – to all our academic staff and students. There is also a historical record of our previous seminar series.

Research news

REF 2014 recognises increasing excellence of our research

140 x 50The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that we lead Wales in the field of Computer Science, and are in the UK top 20.


Highlights from the Computer Science REF 2014 results

Overall quality profile:

  • 40% of our submitted research assessed as world-leading quality (4*)
  • Swansea Computer Science ranked 11th in the UK for percentage of world-leading research, and 1st in Wales for research excellence

Our sub-profiles:

  • Outputs: 32% assessed as world-leading quality (4*), ranking us 9th in the UK
  • Impact: 60% assessed as world-leading quality (4*), ranking us 13th in the UK
  • Environment: 45% assessed as world-leading quality (4*), ranking us 15th in the UK

Highlights of our research impact include: the empowerment of rural digital communities in the developing world and the UK, which led to the development of the StoryBank toolkit; safer human-computer software design for medical equipment and healthcare tools; and improving software signalling processes and traffic policies in the UK railway industry.