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Computing Science Website Update for December 2015

Urban Sciences Building takes shape – time lapse video now available of building progress

Work has commenced on the construction of Newcastle University’s Urban Sciences Building on Newcastle Science Central. Newcastle University is investing £60 million in the new building, which will house the School of Computing Science and Institute for Sustainability, creating world-class facilities from which to lead international research into digitally enabled urban sustainability.

Read more about the construction from a recent news item and view a time-lapse video of the new Urban Sciences Building being constructed, which is also accessible from the front page of the Computing Sciences website.

We have also updated the banner on the Computing Science website which depicts an artist’s impression of the new building.

New YouTube video highlighting Computing Science & EEE research impact

The University is creating a new campaign to promote the impact of research. The campaign focuses on eight new stories from the University, one of which is about Computing Science and Electrical and Electronic Engineering entitled ‘Powering Industry with Computing Science‘. There is now a YouTube video (on the University YouTube channel) about this story:, which is also embedded in our webpage about the impact of this research.

New graphics added to the Computing Science front page

The Computing Science front page (footer) contains two new graphics, 1) The Athena SWAN Bronze Award (to highlight the School’s ECU Athena SWAN Award), 2) a REF2014 logo/graphic to show the School’s number 1 ranking in the REF2014, for research impact.


Computing Science Website Update for March 2015

The old internal website for staff ( is to be retired in the near future. The School has moved much of the content and facilities from these pages to the new internal site for staff at: Until recently, both sites have been running in parallel while the content has shifted from the old site to the new one.

Information and documents on the new internal site include: Administrative Duties, Staff Handbooks, Annual Reports, Welcome Week (induction information), Archive Handbooks and Regulations.

Also, for updating theses and staff/student records, the following facilities are available on the new pages,

1) Staff/Student Records and Telephone Lists, for updating:

Telephone Lists, your own records, adding staff/student records, adding/updating taught student records.

2) Adding Theses, for updating:

PhD, MSc, MPhil theses titles and abstracts.

The only facility remaining on the old/previous internal pages is the ‘ request leave‘ section for staff to request holidays, this will move to the new internal website soon.

Research Groups: – Computing Science Website Update for November 2014

Research Group pages.

The School of Computing Science has 4 new research groups. Each group has a set of webpages on the Computing Science website; here is a brief description of each group:

1)     Advanced Model-Based Engineering and Reasoning (AMBER)

The AMBER groups work aims to help contain risk by equipping engineers with methods and tools that allow them to explore, verify and refine the properties of such complex systems by means of models with well-founded semantics. Such model-based engineering can permit detection of optimal (and defective!) designs long before the sometimes expensive commitment is made to implementations on real hardware.

2)     Scalable Computing

The Scalable Systems Group is creating the enabling technology required to deliver tomorrow’s large-scale services. This includes work on scalable cloud computing, big data analytics, distributed algorithms, stochastic modelling, performance analysis, data provenance, concurrency, real-time simulation, video game technologies and green computing.

3)     Secure & Resilient Systems

The Secure & Resilient Systems group investigates fundamental concepts, development techniques, models, architectures and mechanisms that directly contribute to creating modern information systems, networks and infrastructures that are dependable and secure in all aspects. Such systems need to be resilient to malicious attacks and accidental faults to deliver services that can be justifiably trusted by their stakeholders.

4)     Teaching Innovation

The Teaching Innovation groups’ aims are to encourage, foster and pursue Innovation in Teaching and to maximize the impact of Innovation efforts on the School’s teaching practices, programmes and curricula.

The School now has 6 groups in total (including the 2 groups already established, DI and ICOS).

Computing Science Website Update for September 2014

PhD student posters for 2014

All Computing Science PhD students presented their research posters this year in July.  Many of these posters are now online and we expect the remaining ones to be available soon.  Posters for previous years (2012 and 2013) are also available.

PhD Student theses for 2013

We now have a complete listing of PhD theses for 2013, including title, abstract and full text for each thesis.  As was reported in a previous blog, we also have comprehensive listings for theses dating 1966-2012, which means that our records from 1966 to Dec 2013 are complete.  Abstracts are also available for PhD theses for this year and we will list the full texts for these soon.

New “Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems” research group

The research group “Biology, Neurosciences and Computing” has expanded and rebranded. It is now known as “Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems” (ICOS).  The ICOS group has their own website which contains details of research projects, staff, resources, and lab information.  Some of this information is also listed on our webpages.

There will also be several new changes to the current research groups as well as new ones announced in the coming future, all of which will be reflected on our website.


Computing Science Website Update for May 2014

Facilities and room booking:

We have setup a new webpage that lists the rooms and facilities available in Computing Science; including Claremont Tower rooms 6.02A, 7.01, 10.05 and Daysh room 6.29A.  For each room/facility in Claremont Tower we have photos, equipment lists and links to timetables and room booking.  The photos for the Daysh room will be added soon when the renovations are finished.

Update to staff pages for visitors:

For visiting/guest members of staff who do not currently have a Newcastle University email address and contact phone number, we have added the School reception telephone number. This means that all visiting staff within the school now have a point of contact.

Updates to B. Randell’s 75th birthday seminar webpage and Turing seminar webpage:

To complete the webapges for Brian Randell’s birthday seminar and the Turing seminar, we have added links to the booklets, posters and handouts for the events.  These webpages now include all the slides, talks and supplementary material for each event providing a comprehensive archive for these seminars.

New webpage for the North-East Regional e-Science Centre:

The North-East Regional e-Science Centre acted as a front door for e-Science in the area, offering expertise to university researchers and industry.  The Centre has now closed and we have setup a webpage describing its roles and duties during the time it was active.  There is also a brief description of the Centre in the timeline history of the School which includes a link to the NEReSC webpage.

Creative Skillset and BCS accredited course modules

Many undergraduate modules and some postgraduate courses now have BCS (British Computer Society) accreditation and we acknowledge this by listing the BCS logo on each course/module with accreditation.  Similarly, the Creative Skillset logo is used to recognise accreditation for the Computer Game Engineering, MSc.  See here, for an example of a course with accreditation.


School of Computing Science PhD Theses: Historic Collection Now Available Online

The majority of theses submitted in the School of Computing Science from 1966 to the present date are now available online, thanks to a collaboration between the School, who funded the scanning of their older theses, the Robinson Library and the British Library. The theses are individually indexed and linked to in LibrarySearch or you can search and browse them all from the Library’s eTheses webpage or directly as part of the British Library’s Ethos database. A full list, including author, title and abstract and links to the Library’s full text collection can also be found on the School of Computing Science webpages. Newer theses from 2013 onwards will be added as they become available.

Computing Science Website Update for February 2014

Web links for prospective students:

We have re-located the Virtual Tours videos and ‘information about Newcastle’ web pages from the ‘About Section’ of the website to the ‘Study With Us’ section so that new students can easily find out more about the School, campus and Newcastle.

The new link for the Virtual Tours videos can be found here, and the link for information about Newcastle can be found here.


We are currently having all archive PhD theses (from 1966 to 2012) digitally scanned and will be linked on our website soon via the library eTheses service. We will update you when the scanning is complete.

We have also located most of the few remaining missing Technical Reports and hope to have these scanned and placed online soon, to complete the listings of full text Technical Reports (from 1969 to present).

REF 2014:

There is a new webpage about The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 for Computing Science with links to associated documents for 2014 and 2008.

External links from the School website:

All external links listed within the School website (e.g. to careers, student services and Research Centres) now have a small icon next to the link to indicate to users browsing the School website that they are about the leave the website if they click on the link.  This will hopefully improve navigation across the website and help inform users which webpages are located within the School and which pages are not. For example, see our Research Centres webpage.

Internal staff pages:

We are currently setting up a new section within the internal staff pages for inputting information to the School database, which will include:

  • Forms for assigning staff/PhD students to mailing lists, assigning roles etc.
  • Forms for adding telephone and room numbers.
  • Forms for inputting PhD, MPhil and MSc theses abstracts and titles.

 The forms for submitting data to the School database will be added soon.

Computing Science Website Update for October 2013


WordClouds comprise of key terms/phrases used to describe the research of academic members.  The EPSRC (Research Perspectives) have generated WordClouds for the academic members of our school which we have listed on this page; if you scroll down the page you will see a list of WordClouds, each linking to a separate staff members webpage.  The aim of the puzzle is to see if you can figure out which person the cloud describes, before you click on it.

As well as the PhD thesis page, we now have two separate pages listing the MPhil and MSc theses for the School.  These pages are working progress and we hope to have more theses listed on these pages soon.

Postgraduate Studies

We have added a new postgraduate student handbook to the website which details all the important information needed for postgraduate studies, as well as the forms required for student studies such as travel expenses, risk assessments etc.