Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research

Describes the work of the Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research which are based at UK universities.



This July 2015 brochure sets out the work of thirteen UK universities recognised as Academic Centres of Excellent in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSRs).

These universities are carrying out the best UK cyber security research and the brochure contains details of what they specialise in and how they contribute to the UK’s increased knowledge and capability in cyber security.

In 2017, fourteen universities were recognised as ACE-CSRs by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, along with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and GCHQ.

An updated brochure will be made available as soon as it is complete. The current list of ACE-CSRs is as follows:

  • Queens University Belfast

  • University of Birmingham

  • University of Bristol

  • University of Cambridge

  • University of Edinburgh

  • Lancaster University

  • Imperial College London

  • University College London

  • Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Newcastle University

  • University of Oxford

  • University of Southampton

  • University of Surrey

  • University of Warwick

Published 25 March 2014
Last updated 25 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. List of Universities updated.
  2. This brochure was updated in 2015 when two additional academic institutions - the University of Kent and the University of Surrey - gained recognition as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.
  3. First published.