Computing Laboratory becomes Department of Computer Science

From the 1 June 2011, the Oxford University Computing Laboratory will be changing its name to the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford.

Bill Roscoe, Head of the Department explained “This name change is simply to help the world at large understand our role as the University’s department of computer science. I am excited that it gives us the opportunity to reach out more easily and tell everyone what we are doing in both teaching and research. When the Computing Laboratory was founded in 1957 it literally was somewhere where the University’s scientists came to try things out on this new sort of machine. However we have long since become a large academic department doing world-leading research in many areas related to computing.”

Please note the departmental website will change to, and email addresses will take the format rather than as currently.

This is really sad :( The ComLab is the coolest place ever, and it will be far less cool when its name changes. You go inside and there are levels of security (as a petty philosophy student I don’t have much access), and it’s all hidden behind a facade of buildings: one minute you are standing in a large atrium with glass walkways, and then you go through a door and you’re standing next to an old terraced house in a street; it’s really cool how they’ve connected all these old buildings together into a warren. Also there are 0.00001% girls.