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.


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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.


SES institutions to benefit from £14 million for HPC services

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Researchers across the Science and Engineering South Consortium are to share the benefits of a £30m investment in advanced supercomputing services. The funding will support seven High Performance Computing (HPC) services run by universities from across the UK, including the SES members UCL, Oxford and Cambridge. Together, the three HPC services led by SES institutions will receive £14 million of the funding from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council.

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Using the equipment sharing database to tackle COVID-19

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University equipment sharing databases were a response to new grant funding requirements, but Chris Wilkinson reports that the University of Cambridge’s database is taking on added significance in the COVID-19 pandemic.


Fibre-optics World Record is No Hollow Victory

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A whole array of game-changing, life-shaping technologies, from long-distance telecommunications to laser surgery, have a key component in common: fibre optics that carry pulses of light to their destination at incredible speed. A University of Southampton team are now focusing on the next big step forward – hollow-core fibres (HCFs) – and last year shattered a longstanding world record to push the capabilities of these to a new level.



Many universities have databases allowing them to share expensive equipment more easily. Find out how the University of Cambridge’s database has taken on added significance during the Coronavirus pandemic…

Always researching: 💡 with Kings College London and Queen Mary University of London's activities also focused on tackling coronavirus, SES members' research is having an impact on a national and global scale.… @KingsCollegeLon @QMULnews

Preparing:📈And an Academy of Medical Sciences report involving UCL is warning that the UK must prepare now for a potential new wave of coronavirus infections this winter that could be more serious than the first… @ucl

Protecting:💉Meanwhile, clinical trials to test a coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers at Imperial College London are progressing to the next phase… @imperialcollege

Protecting:💉A study in an influential journal has found that Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine produces a good immune response with no safety concerns… @UniofOxford

Treating:💊The University of Southampton and partners have announced positive results from clinical trials of a drug that may prevent worsening of COVID-19 in those most at risk… @unisouthampton

Testing:🧪the Cambridge Testing Centre has boosted the UK’s COVID-19 testing capabilities through innovation and cutting-edge technology… @Cambridge_Uni

Our university members play a leading role in the UK’s response to COVID-19 by supporting testing, developing vaccines, researching new treatments and preparing for a possible second wave. 🧪💊💉📈

Now also open to researchers in institutions outside UCL. Join @eResearch_UCL on 26 June to find out more about how @DAFNIfacility can help you.…

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Could equipment sharing help universities' response to coronavirus? How the University of Cambridge’s database has taken on added significance during the pandemic.…

Find out more about future plans for European research infrastructure at this virtual conference on 15/5 organised by @ESFRI_eu. Register here:…

The science and medical research communities are collaborating on an unprecedented scale as part of the response to coronavirus. Find out how @SES_Consortium members are working together on anything from potential vaccinations to ventilators.…

Science and Engineering South has a new communications and events manager - please get in touch with any SES member news or events relevant to our core activities:…