School of Computing Science

Newcastle University

The School of Computing Science is one of ten Schools in the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE), and the Faculty of SAgE is one of three Faculties within the University.

History

The Computing Laboratory of the University of Durham, located in Kings College, Newcastle, was established in 1957 and became the Computing Laboratory of Newcastle University when that institution was created in 1963. The Laboratory discharged both academic and service responsibilities for computing in the University until 1991, when these functions were separated and the Department of Computing Science and the University Computing Service created. The Department became the School of Computing Science in August 2002 under the University's restructuring programme, though changes were relatively minor.

Postgraduate teaching commenced around 1960 and an undergraduate honours degree programme (the second in the country) produced its first graduates in 1969. The Department was the first in the country to offer an SRC-approved Advanced MSc, in Computing Software and System Design, from 1974.

In 1997 the Department (as it was then known) celebrated its 40th Anniversary.

About the School

The School of Computing has a lively, friendly atmosphere and students quickly get to know each other and members of staff. On arrival, you will be allocated a personal tutor. This is a member of the academic staff who will act as your adviser and assist you with your choice of modules, as well as helping you deal with any problems. All students are encouraged to take part in the Staff-Student Committee. This is very active, and offers students an opportunity to have an input into their degree programmes.

Facilities

We have a large number of networked computer systems available to students. In addition, special purpose equipment is available for research projects. We are continually updating these systems to take advantage of the latest technology and our high speed links to the Internet will give you fast access to electronic media, allowing you to keep in touch with computing colleagues around the world. Students who already own a computer can make use of it, but this is by no means essential. The School has its own library, and works closely with the main University library.

Newsgroups are used extensively in the School, and are read by staff as well as students. They not only provide support, but are also a informal way for students to provide feedback on their degree programmes.

Teaching

Our degree programmes will equip you with the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.

We currently have about 500 students enrolled on undergraduate degree programmes and 123 on the postgraduate courses. Approximately every five years the School undertakes a review of the curricula. These reviews are informed not only by a comparison of historical perspective and future trends, but also by taking into account student interests and comments. Teaching is also influenced by the research interests of the members of staff in the School. Research feeds into a number of the modules offered and student projects.

The British Computing Society requires the incorporation of ethics and professionalism into degree programmes for accreditation. We not only cover such issues in formal lectures, but also incorporate professionalism and ethics into group project work, and through a programme of visiting speakers.

For International Students

All students who are offered a place to study at Newcastle are sent pre-arrival material which contains details on life in the UK, and studying and living at Newcastle. In some countries, 'pre-departure' events are held to answer any questions you may have, and to help you meet new students from your country. In addition every international student is invited to attend our International Orientation Programme, to introduce you to life in Newcastle and the UK!

Full details on travelling to the University will be sent to you prior to your arrival. In the days leading up to the start of the academic session, we run a pick-up service from Newcastle International Airport and the main train station in Newcastle.

Accommodation

At Newcastle we have a variety of reasonably priced accommodation, from halls of residence to to self-catering flats.

Health and Welfare

Our Student Advice Centre offers advice to students on immigration, working in the UK, visa renewals and a range of other areas. Staff in the Student Counselling Service are also available to offer help and support. You also have regular meetings with your personal and academic tutors.

Institution Contact Details

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School of Computing Science, Newcastle University