EDINBURGH -- The biggest and best-rated informatics and computer science department in the UK is Edinburgh University. It is the only "A" rated department and, with 90 full-time research staff, bigger than the departments at Manchester and Cambridge Universities combined. Scottish Enterprise is working to build a centre to house 600 researchers in a single city centre unit, including researchers from IBM. If this unfolds, Edinburgh would create 550 jobs within 15 years, producing an annual income of £41.7m. Edinburgh University is already spinning out a company a moment.
Edinburgh's informatics and computing department covers a wide range of expertise, ranging from bio-informatics, speech and communications and Britain's only e-science centre, a combined venture with Glasgow University, which is a UK leader in developing the Grid as part of the next generation of the Internet.
Professor Timothy O'Shea, vice chancellor of Edinburgh University, offers comments on European computing curricula. Tipperary Institute's recent degree accreditations benefit from O'Shea's advice.