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Why Choose the School of Computing?

Why Choose the School of Computing?

Study computing with us and you'll benefit from quality, innovative teaching and a supportive environment.

Quality and ranking

We're a Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security – one of only 14 in the UK. This demonstrates our expertise in designing secure and resilient networks.

We were ranked 1st for Impact in REF2014 Unit of Assessment 11.

We seek British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for our degrees. You can be assured that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standard set by the IT industry. This exempts you from further examinations if you decide to apply for Chartered Engineer status after graduating.

BCS is the Chartered Institute for IT. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for a chartered IT professional, engineer or scientist.

Quality and ranking

Teaching excellence

We're proud to have achieved a Gold Award in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The award is a ringing endorsement of Newcastle University’s long tradition of excellence in teaching. It's a tradition already recognised in many different surveys and assessments.

We keep our computer science teaching updated with the research discoveries of our expert staff. 

Our academics' specialisms give you access to diverse fields of study. This includes the latest developments in cloud computing, bio-computing and cybersecurity.

Teaching excellence

Support

We really pride ourselves in the supportive environment we provide to our undergraduates studying computer science with us.

Transition officer

We are fairly unique to have one dedicated member of staff whose responsibility is to support our students.

The role helps our students manage the transition from A Levels to undergraduate study.

The Transition Officer works with Stage 1 undergraduates to provide:

  • stage 1 pastoral and academic support
  • attendance and academic performance monitoring
  • stage 1 induction
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Peer mentors

Recruited from our undergraduate courses, our peer mentors provide support, assistance and guidance to new students as they navigate their first year at Newcastle University.

Mentors work with new first-year students, giving assistance when they need:

  • support
  • someone who listens
  • someone to go through their different options and talk through choices
  • knowledge about where to get specialist advice and help
Peer mentors

The scheme is not a substitute for personal tutoring or subject advisers, but does complement and supplement these systems.

Peer mentors are given thorough training. Boundaries are established about the limits of their role and responsibilities (to safeguard both mentors and mentees). They are fully supported by an administrative team.