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School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science
Mountbatten and Zepler buildings, the main buildings used by Electronics and Computer Science
Mountbatten and Zepler buildings, the main buildings used by the Electronics and Computer Science
Established 1946
Head of School Professor Neil White
Admin. staff 349
Undergraduates ~800
Postgraduates ~420
Location Southampton, England
Campus Highfield Campus, University of Southampton.

University of Southampton

Power Academy

Electronics and Computer Science, generally abbreviated "ECS", at the

  • OpenPSI the ( OpenPSI project)is a community effort to create UK government linked data service that supports research. It is a collaboration between the University of Southampton and the UK government, led by Office of Public Sector Information at the National Archive and is supported by JISC funding.
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  2. ^ "Undergraduate degree programmes in ECS". Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  3. ^ "MSc programmes". Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Centres and Institutes". Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  5. ^ "ECS EPrints Repository"
  6. ^ "Sites Powered by EPrints". Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  7. ^ "Power Academy - Southampton University - The IET". Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  8. ^ a b "Good University Guide". 
  9. ^ a b "Top Universities by Subject". Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  10. ^ University pledges to rebuild fire damaged research facility
  11. ^ Three years on from Mountbatten fire, researchers celebrate
  12. ^ Mountbatten fractals inspired by nanotechnology
  13. ^ Bury, Liz (18 July 2008). "Jestico & Whiles’ nanotechnology centre shows that small can be beautiful". Building magazine. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "World Wide Web Consortium People: Tim Berners-Lee". Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  15. ^ Davis, Caroline (17 October 2003). "In the news: Wendy Hall". Times Higher Education Supplement. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 


The School is home to a number of notable staff including Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web[14] and Dame Wendy Hall, president of the Association for Computing Machinery, ex-president of the British Computer Society, and Co-Founding Director of the Web Science Research Initiative[15]

Main: Notable Staff of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton

Notable Staff

The replacement facility was constructed on the site of the previous Mountbatten, and was completed in October 2008. The modern design by Jestico + Whiles includes glass curtain walls, decorated by a mathematical fractal pattern, which allows those outside to view the research taking place in the clean rooms.[11] The chiral fractal design was chosen as it had been used by Southampton researchers working with optics and nanotechnology.[12][13]

In 2005, a large fire destroyed part of the Mountbatten Building, holding optical fibre research laboratories (the world-renowned Optoelectronics Research Centre, ORC) and the microchip fabrication laboratories. It is estimated that the costs for rebuilding the centre and replacing the equipment will be around £50 million, making this what is believed to be the world's most destructive university fire.[10] The fire that consumed the Mountbatten Building on 30 October 2005 had devastating consequences not just for research in the School of Electronics and Computer Science but for many other partners and collaborators in the UK and around the world whose work was destroyed along with the Building.

Photograph showing the fire damage done to the Mountbatten Building in 2005.

Fire and reconstruction

  • Agents, Interaction and Complexity
  • Communications, Signal Processing and Control
  • Electronic and Software Systems
  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering
  • Nano Research Group
  • Web and Internet Science

The research conducted by ECS has achieved the top 5* rating in the last two Research Assessment Exercises, and in 2003 it was awarded the prestigious ‘best 5*’ rating by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). ECS currently contains six research groups:


Electronics and Electrical Engineering in ECS was ranked 2nd in the UK in both Good University Guide[8] published by the Times and the Complete University Guide[9] published by the Independent. Computer Science was ranked 4th[8] and 5th[9] in the UK respectively in these two publications.

ECS is regarded by the IET as having the "biggest and strongest department in the country in Electrical and Electronic Engineering."[7]



  • Reputation 1
  • Research 2
  • Fire and reconstruction 3
  • Notable Staff 4
  • References 5

ECS was the first academic institution in the world to adopt a self-archiving mandate (2001)[4] and since then much of its published research has been freely available on the Web.[5] It created the first and most widely used archiving software (EPrints) which is used worldwide by 269 known archives and continues to be evolved and supported by ECS.[6]

and PhD research opportunities. [3] 11 MSc intensive one-year taught programmes[2]

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