School of Informatics

About us

Introductory information on the School of Informatics.


A brief overview of the school and the key areas we are involved in including research, teaching and commercialisation.

The Forum

Some Information about our main building - The Informatics Forum

What is Informatics?

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The study of the structure, the behaviour, and the interactions of natural and engineered computational systems.


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We have several introductory videos for Undergraduate, MSc and PhD students and also several exploring Robotics at Informatics.

Research excellence

Informatics excellence in research
The School of Informatics has produced more world-leading and internationally excellent research (4* and 3*) than any other university in the UK in the REF 2014 assessment for computer science and informatics.

Social Media Hub

Informatics Videos
Links to the various social media channels which are used across the School.

Teaching quality

The School of Informatics has a first-rate reputation for teaching having received a top ‘excellent’ rating in the most recent Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC) Teaching Quality Assessment exercise.


The School of Informatics is located on Crichton Street, part of the central area of the University in the City of Edinburgh.


The School of Informatics employs staff for a number of different roles including teaching, research and administration.

Booking a room

Information for staff on the room booking procedure.

MOOCs at the School of Informatics

The University of Edinburgh has joined the Coursera consortium, and in July 2012 became one of its first partners outside North America. Coursera offers short online courses from top universities in an increasing range of subjects, all entirely free of charge.