Durham University

Computer Science


Money Raised for Local Charity

This year the Department of Computer Science raised £165 for a local charity at the annual BBQ. This year the money raised was donated to Ouseburn Farm in Newcastle. An urban farm that allows children to have access to nature by running educational workshops for schools, as well as providing workshops for vulnerable adults, and training for the homeless.

A big thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and came along for the day. 

Tech UP 2019 Starts Here!

The women in tech revolution begins tomorrow! TechUP 2019 will be launching at our first residential here in Durham this weekend, with 100 women from across the North and Midlands travelling to meet each other, our industry partners and academics from the four partner universities. The even will include keynote speeches from inspiring women in tech, including:

  • Durham’s very own:
    • award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black OBE
    • influential researcher and Head of the Innovative Computing research group, Professor Alexandra Cristea
  • TechUP project manager Johanna Waite
  • Blogger and photographer Tinuke Bernard (CircusMum)
  • Consultant, coach & mentor Donna Herdsman, named as a leading #BAME executive by the Financial Times
  • Futurist, Cultural Innovator and Tech Philospher Adah Parris

Welcome to Dr Donald Sturgeon!

The department of Computer Science warmly welcomes Dr Donald Sturgeon in the role of Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities. ‘Digital Humanities’ is a term that encompasses a broad field of research that not only focuses on the use of technology within the arts and humanities; but also the emergence of social and cultural phenomena that arises through our interaction with technology. Dr Sturgeon is the first academic in this field to be recruited by the Department of Computer Science. His research and insight will provide a unique outlook and contribute to the academic expansion of the Department through research and teaching. 

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Computer Science Students' Satisfaction Score in Top 2

The overall student satisfaction score from Durham Computer Scientists places the Department second amongst Russell Group Universities in the 2019 NSS results.

Our students are amongst most satisfied in UK with overall satisfaction of 89%. Our investment in the student experience continues with the major investment in our new building. 

More information about the NSS survey

More information about the development of the new Maths and Computer Science building

Welcome to Dr Yang Long and Dr Lei Shi!

The Department of Computer Science warmly welcomes two new members of academic staff, who will be joining us this month. Both Dr Yang Long (pictured left) and Dr Lei Shi (pictured right) will be joining the department as Assistant Professors, and will be a part of the Innovative Computing research group, bringing with them their insight in their fields. 

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Congratulations to Graduand Ben Griffiths for winning the 'Audience Choice for Best Poster Prize'!

The 9th annual Rising Stars Research Symposium was held on Monday 24th June 2019. CS Graduand Ben Griffiths scooped the Audience choice for Best Poster prize award for his poster on detecting cyberbulling on social media. Well done Ben! 

CS Research Day

The annual CS research day was a big success. Well done to all of our postgraduate students who gave a talk and a big congratulations to the prize winners of our research day. The winners (pictured with Professor Gordon Love from left to right) were Phil Adey with his presentation on ‘Real-Time Learning of Normality for Real-Time Anomaly Detection in Visual Data’, Nik Khadijah Nik-Aznan with her poster on "Using Variable Natural Environment Brain-Computer Interface Stimuli for Real-time Humanoid Robot Navigation”, and finally Tom Hudson with his presentation on ‘Exploring the Impact of Paraphrasing in Multitask Question Answering Models. Thank you to Dean Slack, William Prew and Sarah Craggs, for organising this event. 

Computer Science Research day 2019

On the 11th of June we will once again host our annual departmental event to showcase the scope of all the interesting current research going on in our department by all members of the student cohort, including our very own PhD and Master's students. This year, the annual research day will take place in the Calman Learning Centre in lecture theatre 202 (CLC202) with lunch and refreshments provided. Everyone is invited to come experience the presentations from lecturers, industry speakers, and especially the students that have agreed to present this year.

The day will begin at 9:30am and finish around 5pm with talks going on all day with breaks in between.


Poster Event Held for Local School

The department recently held a poster session for a group of scholars from a local primary school. The event, led by Dr Noura Al-Moubayed, allowed pupils to choose a project and present their posters to academics, staff and the PVC. The projects ranged from facial recognition of criminals, to detecting animals in a zoo. Well done to everyone involved! 

Durham Alumni in Tech Meet in San Francisco

Durham Alumni working in the Tech Sector in the Bay Area met up for an informal evening (Thurs 23 May) in downtown San Francisco. Alumni, Jon Vlassopulos led an interview with Anna Gordon (formerly BBC, now Facebook) and Esther Crawford (Squadapp) where they described their journeys from being students at Durham to their current roles working in the Bay Area in Tech.