REF 2021: Computer science and informatics

Imperial College London is in pole position after near-perfect scores while the University of Edinburgh tops research power standings

May 12, 2022

Imperial College London claimed the top spot for computer science and informatics after 93 per cent of its submissions (from 58 FTE researchers) were deemed world-leading, with the remainder judged internationally excellent (3*).

There were, however, plenty of high-scoring institutions in this category: in second spot, the University of Oxford scored 3.81 on GPA, followed by the University of Birmingham (3.77). The University of Edinburgh, ranked sixth on GPA, finished top on research power after submitting 144 FTE researchers.

At a national level the Computer Science and Informatics UoA has a GPA of 3.22, with 41 per cent of its submission rated 4*. 3002.21 FTE staff were submitted to this UoA.

RankInstitutionFTE enteredGPAGPA 2014Rank 2014Research power (indexed)RP rankMarket share (%)


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