SES universities receive a boost to tackle major research and societal challenges


Fibre-optics World Record is No Hollow Victory

The light carrying, game-changing, life-shaping technology affecting everything from long-distance telecommunications to laser surgery.


The Green Dream Team

How efficient labs could progress sustainability and excellence in research


ISIS: Access the Atomic-scale

Rebecca Shutt discuses Beamtime and Batteries at the World-leading Neutron and Muon source

What is SES?

The Science and Engineering South Consortium brings together the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton, King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, University College London and Imperial College London, creating the most powerful hub of research-intensive universities in the UK. Our members invest in high quality science, essential for the sustained development of world-leading research that makes a positive difference to the UK economy, our wellbeing and to the world around us.

Knowledge Sharing

Whether we’re supporting researchers to effectively manage their data, providing opportunity to network or creating transparency in equipment sharing, SES is improving standards for you through the spread of knowledge.


SES institutions have access to regional, national and international supercomputing systems. In addition to the SES Tier-2 HPC systems, HPC-UK provides information on national HPC facilities, access and training.

Research Data

We’re focussed on supporting and furthering all aspects of the research data cycle, from data curation and management to transfer and storage. To find out more, visit our training and Research Data Transfer Zone pages.


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Is COVID-19 accelerating the shift towards Open Science?

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Changes to academic and research practices are taking place in universities as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and last week, a group of university professionals reflected on some of those shifts.

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Mapping the impact of our universities’ research across the UK

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SES member institutions are all located in the south east of England, yet the impact of their research can be felt across the whole of the UK, and indeed across the world.


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SES celebrates the DAFNI champions

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Six researchers from SES institutions are among 12 DAFNI champions who will get early access to the £8m infrastructure modelling and visualisation platform.



The impact of research goes far beyond a university's immediate locality. Find out how Science and Engineering South members' research is having an impact across the UK's nations and regions:… @imperialcollege @uclnews @UniofOxford

EVENT: Thursday 21/01 - Find out more about how to use the National Infrastructure Systems Model (NISMOD) to visualise and model scenarios using data from the Oxford Cambridge Arc at this @DAFNIfacility webinar:… @ArcUniversities

Another day, another @CovidGenomicsUK collaboration. This time led by @Cambridge_Uni.…

Andrew Pollard, director of the @OxVaccineGroup, is an alumnus of another great SES institution - @QMUL. Read this profile of Professor Pollard, in which he recalls his training at Barts and Whipps Cross and talks about his research on the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.…

Another great example of collaboration between two Science and Engineering South institutions.…

Louis du Plessis of @UniofOxford said: "The UK shares large volumes of virus genetic data publicly on a weekly basis and if you don’t have this level of surveillance you won’t know the real situation of virus evolution and transmission."

Dr Erik Volz of @imperialcollege said: "The UK is fortunate to host the world's largest COVID-19 sequencing consortium which has provided unparalleled volumes of genetic data and important insights into COVID-19 epidemiology.”

Scientists from @imperialcollege, @UniofOxford & @EdinburghUni are leading a research collaboration to map the origins and development of the COVID-19 transmission chains that have shaped the pandemic in the UK.…

SES December 2020 newsletter: mapping our research impact -…

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From Glasgow to Gateshead, Bradford to Belfast, research by Science and Engineering South member institutions is having an impact on communities across the UK @imperialcollege @ucl @UniofOxford…

Hospital trusts affiliated to six SES members were involved in testing the @UniofOxford and @AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, including @KingsCollegeLon.…

Great to see SES institutions well represented on this panel at next week's #TuringCovidConf.…

Is the move towards open research and science happening more quickly as a result of the pandemic response? A group of university research data managers reflected on this earlier this month.…

The Met Office and EPSRC are inviting comments on how UK academia might fulfil the ExCALIBUR programme requirements, to inform future science and cross-cutting themes for funding. See here for more info:…

A research centre exploring the effectiveness of privacy and online safety measures is launching with £7m UKRI funding. REPHRAIN brings together researchers from @KingsCollegeLon & @ucl, with colleagues from three other UK universities…

Very sad to have to share this news from @cambridge_uni. Chris was a valued member of the Science and Engineering South executive board and he will be greatly missed. We send our condolences to his loved ones and colleagues.…

Our members may be south east based, but their research impacts go much wider. A map of @imperialcollege's impact reveals projects improving transport in Newcastle, nuclear safety in Cumbria & flood management in south Wales…