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Universities united in research excellence

Science and Engineering South is a hub of world leading, research-intensive universities, committed to achieving a positive impact on the world around us

Who we are

The Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES) is made up of the Universities of OxfordCambridgeSouthamptonImperial College London, Queen Mary University of London, King’s College London, and University College London. We also work with other centres of research excellence in the UK and around the world.

In conjunction with healthy competition, collaborative research stimulates the exploration of new ideas and produces innovations that have a positive impact on society and industry. 

Our researchers work on a variety of innovative projects, from slowing the ageing process to building better boats. Applications are wide and varying, providing an exciting future for UK research and industry.

To read more about how our researchers are working together and accessing shared research equipment, visit the case studies section of our website.

Scientists examines DNA models in modern Neurological Research Laboratory.

What we do

Access to high-value research equipment and expertise are common challenges across academic disciplines. By pooling demand and resources in science and engineering, we support our community of researchers by helping them access to a wide range of equipment and expertise.  

SES has demonstrated how coordination of efforts and resources can leverage our collective expertise to deliver cutting-edge research findings that are helping society respond to its most pressing concerns. Through working together on mutual priorities such as high-performance computing, equipment and infrastructure, we seek to enable researchers to achieve things that would otherwise be impossible.

Our region

Our institutions’ catchment areas cover an area ranging from east Anglia in the east to the Cotswolds in the west, from the English Channel in the south, to the Fens in the north.

Each member institution’s location has wide-reaching inequalities. Their catchment areas include communities with some of the biggest inequality gaps between rich and poor in the UK.

Whether inner-city London, the rural east of England or the coastal towns of the Solent, our communities have their own distinct challenges, yet also many assets. Already, our members are ensuring that the impact of their research help to address some of these challenges, while also building partnerships and identifying future Science and Engineering research talent that surrounds their campuses.

But our research impacts are not limited to the south east. Many communities across the UK and the world have benefited from our members’ research activities. Partner institutions outside the south east have had access to the facilities we have developed along with expertise at our universities, through collaborations and other initiatives.

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