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> 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 www.cs.ox.ac.uk,
> and email addresses will take the format firstname.lastname@example.org rather
> than email@example.com 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.