Research in the School of Computing, Science and Engineering (CSE) covers the diverse range of subject areas covered by the School. In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, staff from CSE contributed to 3 of the most successful submissions from the University. Among those returned for assessment, more than 50% were rated as world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

The School also has strong research and academic partnerships with industry such as the BBC, BT, CISCO, Airbus, RSSB, United Utilities and Marshalls; these partnerships enable effective knowledge transfer and up-to-date awareness of topical issues in relevant industries.

Research structure

The research structure in the School is organised into five Research Centres that give focus to research strengths:

This diversity creates a platform well suited for collaborative research. It greatly enhances our potential to produce real-life impacts and innovations, particularly in the thematic areas of media and digital technology, energy and infrastructure including transport and environmental systems such as wetlands and sustainable drainage. It also allows us to take in postgraduate research students with cross-discipline interests.

Labs and research facilities

The School has a range of world class laboratories and research facilities, including:

  • UKAS-accredited acoustics facilities
  • The multi-modal OCTAVE facility for telepresence and virtual environment research
  • Structural and ecological engineering facilities
  • Hydrogen storage and materials characterisation including electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction facilities
  • A physics high performance computing cluster
  • Engineering and physics laboratories

We are also a major contributor to the University’s Energy House and the MediaCityUK campus. These facilities are available for both research and teaching, and can also be hired by external commercial clients through the University’s Enterprise unit.