In the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, teaching and research are tightly coupled. Academic staff are actively engaged in research at the frontiers of their subject. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) all of our engineering research output was assessed as being of international quality, with over 70% being judged as internationally excellent or world-leading, and 95% of our computer science research was of international quality, with 65% internationally excellent.
The RAE panel particularly praised the high impact of the School's research. Our computer science groups were also commended on their strong research engagement with mathematics.
The School, together with Durham's college system, has an enviable reputation for supporting overseas students. It thrives on a diverse international student population which it is constantly seeking to expand. Support for students is high in the School's priorities and the RAE panel singled out the excellent research support and training arrangements for students in its report.
Many of the School's academic staff are internationally recognised as leaders in their specialist fields with wide-ranging national and international research collaborations, providing a steady stream of international visitors and regular research seminars. Within the University, the School undertakes collaborative research with many other departments including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Education, Psychology, Applied Social Sciences, and Medicine and Health.