Orientation 2023

We are looking forward to welcoming our students to the new academic year.

Scheduled for the week starting from Monday, September 4th, the Computer Science orientation programme includes details about various events, and sessions for our staff and students.

For more general information the University Orientation and Induction Information provides students with an overview of the university, its services, and important dates to mark on their calendars.

See you all soon!

School of Computer Science, Jack Cole Building

International PhD Studentships in Next Generation Distributed Systems

The School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews hosts the Edge Computing Hub. The Hub conducts world-class research for addressing systems-oriented challenges in edge computing and at its intersection with machine learning. Multiple studentships are available for exceptional PhD applicants to join our team and shape the activities of the Hub.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications from aspiring leaders of any nationality who have or shortly expect to obtain a first-class undergraduate (including integrated Masters) degree or MSc distinction (or international equivalent) in computer science or engineering are encouraged. Enthusiasm for research in distributed systems or at its interface with machine learning, an ability to think and work independently, excellent programming and analytical skills, and strong verbal and written communication skills are essential.

Applications must include

  • A CV that includes information on education and employment to date, projects developed or contributed to (any links to software repositories), technical and non-technical skills, any publications/presentations, and any other relevant items.
  • A Research Proposal of no longer than two sides of an A4 paper that includes a potential title, objectives, methodology, expected output (software/publication plans), your experience in the proposed area, and ways you will contribute to the Edge Computing Hub. A generic proposal will be considered ineligible.
  • Two signed academic references.
  • Academic transcripts and degree certificates.

How to apply

The above documents and applications must be submitted via the University of St Andrew’s Postgraduate Research Application Portal

Also, refer to the information on English language requirements.


Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Blesson Varghese ().

More about the supervisor can be found at https://www.blessonv.com.

PhD student wins award for best thesis in data protection

Dr Janis Wong had a productive week, firstly attending her graduation in St Andrews. The Bedellus placed a PhD hood on Janis’ head in the Younger Hall for her thesis on Co-creating data protection solutions through a commons.

Janis and Tristan at graduation.

Janis and Tristan at graduation.

Following graduation, Janis flew straight to Strasbourg for the 44th Plenary meeting of the Committee of Convention 108, where she received the Council of Europe’s Stefano Rodotà award for the best PhD thesis in data protection.

Janis was supervised by Professor Kirstie Ball in the School of Management and Dr Tristan Henderson in the School of Computer Science, who are both very proud of their graduating student. Well done Janis!

Janis Wong receiving her award for best PhD thesis.

Janis Wong receiving her award for best PhD thesis.

The Stefano Rodotà award for best PhD thesis in data protection.

The Stefano Rodotà award for best PhD thesis in data protection.

AI Stay Day

The AI research theme members came together in an internal event on Tuesday 6 June. We discussed our latest projects, shared our insights and challenges, and brainstormed new ideas for future research. It was a great opportunity to connect with our colleagues and learn from each other.

We look forward to more opportunities to collaborate and grow as an AI group.

Congratulations to Jack Waller!

Jack Waller, one of our MSci students in the School of Computer Science, has won the Software Engineering Undergraduate of the Year.

Well done to finalists Ben Sanders and Hannah Falk also Computer Science students who made it to the final of the awards, organised by targetjobs.

The targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards is an annual competition aimed at finding the best undergraduates in the UK. Each award is partnered by a prominent graduate recruiter who provides a fantastic prize for the winner, which could include a paid internship, a trip abroad, or other exclusive opportunities.




School of Computer Science competition winner

Congratulations to Mirza Hossain, a MSc student from the School of Computer Science, who won the ‘technology’ category of our bi-annual ideas competition What’s the big idea?. Mirza was awarded £100 for telling his idea for a new technology specifically targeted at AI researchers. Mirza has also secured a space on the upcoming Steps to Start Up and FastStart Design Thinking Sprint programmes in May.

These programmes are part of the Entrepreneurship Centre’s Summer series which are open to all staff, students, and non-University members.

More information and registration here.

The competitions will re-open again in the new academic year and students and staff can apply here.