School of Computing



The School of Computing was ranked highly in the recent government run Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise.
Our research intensity was ranked 12th out of 89, with superb impact – 100% of our research impact ranked world leading or internationally excellent.

Head of School, Professor Frank Wang said “We are delighted that the quality of the School’s research was recognised in the very successful REF results. We now rank in the top quartile of 89 Computing departments across the country, coming 22nd for Research Power and 12th for Research Intensity. Our impact was particularly impressive, with 100% of the submission being rated 4* or 3*. The depth of research in the School is evident as we submitted nearly all eligible academic staff.”

Research at Kent

What do we do at Kent?

PhD and research degrees

School Seminars

Innovation and Enterprise

Groups and Inter-disciplinary

Programming Languages and Systems Research Group

Computational Intelligence Research Group

Security Group

Computing Education Research Group

Future Computing Group


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Cyber Security - darknet use higher in 18-24 year olds A survey at Kent has revealed that 5% of British adults have browsed the darknet, with 1% acknowledging they have bought items from it. The survey by the by the Cyber Security Centre found that the percentage who bought items is much higher for 18-24 year olds at 14%. The survey, now in its third year, also revealed that: At least 4% of British adults have been victims of ransomware, where their computer has had malware installed, which encrypts t...

6 September 2016

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Computing students in CERN security 'whitehat hacking' test Masters students from the School of Computing recently targeted the home of the Large Hadron Collider in a whitehat hacking exercise. The team of seven School of Computing students are computer security specialists who offered to help CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research ) test for potential security weaknesses. In 2012 scientists at CERN discovered evidence of Higgs boson, a key element of theore...

26 July 2016

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Using mathematics to better specify and design computer systems - Think Kent video As part of the University of Kent Think Kent series a collection of YouTube videos celebrating research with international impact at the University – Mark Batty explores how mathematics can improve computer systems. Modern computer systems have intricate and unusual memory behaviour. As a result, it can be dangerous to use intuition, specifications are universally unreliable, and the outcome of testin...

20 April 2016

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Good to know that our students never lose their passion for #computing. Profile of 1970s #KentAlumni Steve Baker

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This article is a tribute to Charlotte's will-power (it says she studied in Nottingham - but she is a #Kentgrad)

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Our first cohort of Year in Computing students ambushed by a photoshoot in their first lecture #HelloKent #YinCo…

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School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 15/06/2016