Computing makes international impact


Over the past year, the School of Computing has continued to have a global reach in its research, student recruitment and engagement activities, showcasing the truly international impact of the School.

Raising our profile through research

The government-run Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise ranked 100% of the School’s research impact ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ and the latest research in the School continues to have global reach:

Brain research
Filming with the British Council

Kent’s brain interface chosen to showcase UK research to China
Brain research within the School of Computing is being used to showcase UK research internationally. The University of Kent is one of six UK universities which will feature in a video and series of features which the British Council will share on Chinese social media channels in its ‘Study UK, Discover your Innovation’ campaign. Read more…

Leisure travellers photo
Travellers’ data

Kent to lead on £1.4m Government research project on protecting leisure travellers’ data
The University of Kent will lead one of 11 new government research projects, addressing challenges about “Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security in the Digital Economy”. The project’s overall aim is to develop a digital platform that will empower leisure travellers to better manage the sharing of their personal data. It also aims to foster new business opportunities for the travel and tourism industry through encouraging better (more transparent and effective) usage of travellers’ data. The project will work closely with a number of international, unfunded external partners, who will contribute to the project in various ways. Such partners include China Travel Service, Crossword Cybersecurity Ltd, Expedia (International), HAT Community Foundation (HCF), International Federation for IT and Travel & Tourism (IFITT), NCC Group, PredicSis, and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Read more…

New York Subway
Navigating the New York subway

Research shows how ‘navigational hazards’ in metro maps confuse travellers
Some features in metro maps cause passengers to make substantial mistakes in journey planning, but it may be possible to detect and rectify these with automated software, research being conducted at the University has indicated.
Peter B. Lloyd , a PhD student in the School of Computing, working alongside Dr Peter Rodgers in the same department, and Dr Maxwell J. Roberts, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Essex, is carrying out a series of studies on the New York City subway map. This is sometimes ranked as the most complex metro map in the world, but the results are expected to be applicable to other cities. Read more…

International partnerships and recruitment

We have built up international partnerships worldwide enabling international students to experience studying and working in the UK, as well as providing opportunities for home-students to work overseas.

IM and PR in Malaysia
Visiting Malaysia

Kent strengthens relations with institutions in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia
The University of Kent is building relationships with universities in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Professor Ian McLoughlin (Head of School at Medway) and Dr Palani Ramaswamy (Reader) from the School of Computing visited the region with the purpose of increasing the number of overseas students and raising Kent’s international profile. The academics also discussed research collaborations and provided support for current Kent exchange students in Malaysia. Read more…

Maintaining and growing links in Europe and beyond

EPITECh students pose in front of the we are European banner
EPITECH students on the Canterbury Campus

The School continued to attract students from our partner EPITECH, one of the biggest IT higher education institutions in France. The students from campuses throughout France, study at Kent on the Master’s programmes. The School has also continued its links with international employers and, once again, students will be working on a year in industry placement with industrial partners in California and Hong Kong, as well as new placements in Germany and Norway.

International engagement and cultural diversity

Our students have had a very successful year, making the most of the educational and extra-curricular opportunities available to them during their time at Kent…

summer schools
Students at the Paris summer school

Summer school opportunity for computing students
Students from the School of Computing can apply for free places on immersive summer schools in France. The three-week courses, taught in English, each explore a different theme in depth and allow students to immerse themselves in a different culture. Read more…


Big ideas
Sybil Mayard, global entrepreneur

Computer Science student competes in global competition
Masters student Sybil Mayard, from the School of Computing, has won this year’s University of Kent Big Ideas Competition with her business idea “Codable”. She will now go forward to compete in the Global Entrepreneur Challenge, which takes place at Virginia Tech University in the US. Read more…

Farhana Lisa and Marek - prize winner
Farhana Lisa and Marek Grzes

Computing Student wins Sciences Postgraduate Research Prize
International PhD student, Farhana Liza, from Bangladesh, has been selected as the Sciences Postgraduate Research Prize Winner for 2018. Farhana has won £500, towards costs relating to her research. The prize was presented formally at the Postgraduate Festival on the afternoon of Monday 18th June, followed by a dinner in Canterbury for the prize-winners. Read more…