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Dr Liz Bacon

Head of School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

the university
The University

The University of Greenwich is a major British university, founded in the late 19th century (originally Woolwich and then Thames Polytechnic), educating over 23,000 undergraduates and postgraduates each year at three university campuses in London and Kent.

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The University

3 Campuses:

  • Maritime Greenwich
  • Avery Hill
  • Medway
greenwich campus
Greenwich Campus
  • Site of a former Royal Palace with a Naval History
  • Baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren
  • The Old Royal Naval College has been named as one of the top 20 film locations in London
    • Angelina Jolie, Sharon Stone, Jackie Chan have all filmed here
    • Films e.g. The Mummy Returns, Laracroft: Tomb Raider, Shanghai Knights, The Four Feathers etc.
  • A Royal Park, 183 acres with fantastic views of London and the Docklands from the top.
  • The 2012 London Olympic Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon events will be held in Greenwich Park
  • Local Theatre, Cinema and markets
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Historical Greenwich Sites (1)
  • Cutty Sark – Victorian ship built to be the fastest tea clipper in the race to bring the first season’s crop of tea to Britain. Now in dry dock being restored with the help of one of our research groups.
  • National Maritime Museum – tells the story of Britain at Sea and contains Nelson’s coat when he was killed, complete with the bullet hole that killed him.
  • The Queen’s House – contains a selection of the Museum’s fine art collection.
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Historical Greenwich Sites (2)
  • The Royal Observatory – at the top of the park. Home of John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal. Contains exhibits on the search for longitude and latitude, history of time + navigation. You can also straddle the prime meridian line.
  • Greenwich has various festivals throughout the year e.g. the Greenwich and Docklands festival in June each year is a performing arts festival with music, theatre, dance, comedy – many of the events are free.

School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS)

One of the largest Schools within the University

Around 2000 undergraduate and postgraduate students on campus

Approx. 1000 students off campus studying all over the world

60+ Academic members of staff

60+ research, technical and administrative staff


Computing Facilities

  • The University has over 1000 computers for general use: this includes nearly 400 high spec PCs on the Greenwich campus
  • Rooms in the Cutty Sark accommodation and Avery Hill Student Village have a link to the University network
industry certification

The School offers the following industry certification qualifications which can be pursued in conjunction with your degree programme:

  • CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • CISCO Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • IBM Certified Professional Program
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
  • Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA)
  • Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE)
  • Oracle Certified Associate (OCA)
  • Red Hat Linux Certification
  • Sun Certified Java Programmer 
  • Sun Solaris Unix Certification

School Structure

  • Divided into three departments:
    • Department of Computing Science
    • Department of Information Systems & Multimedia
    • Department of Mathematical Sciences

School Research

  • The School’s research has won several prizes including the Queen’s Anniversary Award 2002, British Computer Society Prize in 2001 and European IST prize in 2003 for the development of software to simulate emergency evacuations.
  • International leading edge with an industry focus
  • Grade 4 in last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
  • Undergraduate programme features research led teaching
  • Co-operative interacting groups of 80+ researchers
fire and safety engineering
Fire andSafety Engineering

Examples of FSEG research:

  • Simulation of emergency evacuation from an aircraft; a double deck aircraft using all available exits – 580 passengers and 9 pairs of Type A exits.
  • Simulation of the Gothenburg Disco fire. Examination of what would have happened had an additional exit been available on the upper floor.


  • The School is aiming to prepare you for future by providing you with key practical skills relevant to the needs of the Computing and IT industries.
  • You will be looked after by a Programme Leader and a Personal Tutor during your time with us
  • Lots of additional support – English classes, financial and personal counselling etc.
what next
What next?
  • We have a diverse staff and student population – hope you will welcome it and make the most of the unique environment here to broaden your intellectual horizons
  • We will do our best to support you but are looking for a commitment from you to succeed
  • We want you to succeed!
  • Good Luck!