ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

"We have strong links with industry and a strong foundation in research. Our undergraduate courses are carefully designed to appeal to a wide range of employers in a wide range of industry sectors."
Dr Nigel Crook, Head of Department

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of Computing and Communication Technologies at Oxford Brookes University blends excellence in teaching and knowledge transfer with world-leading research in areas that spans Computer Science and Communications.

Our distinctive portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses addresses a range of fast moving subjects at the cutting edge of technology, including Computer Science, Software Engineering, Network Computing and Information Technology Management for Business. Students are given the opportunity to encounter a rich and diverse set of state-of-the-art technologies and develop a wide range of cognitive, practical, analytical, creative and professional skills.

We specialise in teaching computer programming at all levels, from absolute beginner to professional software developer. The subjects that can be studied here cross a spectrum that is hard-core science at one end, and application or product focussed at the other. We work hard to ensure that our courses are attractive to students, relevant to industry and academically sound.

The department has a strong research presence both within the UK and worldwide. In the last Research Assessment Exercise 75% of our research was internationally recognised with 8% being world leading. The research activities in the department cover a range of subjects including computer vision, software engineering and web technologies. Our staff are actively involved in the international research community, including a number who are editors of computer science journals and chairs of international conferences. One of our Professors is holder of the highly acclaimed Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

The department has also established strong links with industry which enrich all our teaching and research activities. We have recently won Best Knowledge Exchange Partnerships (KEP) of the year for a project in which we partnered with a local company to develop pioneering work in computer vision. The quality of the student experience, the strong research presence, the access to state-of-the-art technology and the close links with industry makes the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies at Oxford Brookes University one of the best places to study in the UK.

Nigel Crook
Head of Computing and Communication Technologies