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Focus

Our universities are committed to supporting research excellence through sustained investment and maximising its impact globally, nationally and locally.

Through coordination of our efforts and resources we have shown how we can leverage our collective expertise to deliver cutting-edge research findings that are helping society respond to its most pressing concerns.

By working together on mutual priorities such as high-performance computingequipment and infrastructure, we seek to enable researchers to achieve things that would otherwise be impossible.

All of our universities invest in high quality science that is essential for the sustained development of world-leading research. Our discoveries through this research make a positive impact on the UK economy, our wellbeing and to the world around us.

Here are our main areas of focus:

Impact and place

A fibre laser cutting metal at the Zepler Institute. Fibre lasers use considerably less energy than traditional methods and are a key means of decarbonising manufacturing.
Blog

How QR funding supports innovation and jobs in our universities

Quality-related research funding has been described by the Russell Group of universities as “the invisible force holding up the UK’s research ecosystem”.

Publication

The economic impact of the University of Oxford

Almost 40% of the £3.4bn generated by The University of Oxford’s knowledge exchange activities occurred outside the south east of England, a report reveals.

Shoppers on London's Oxford Street (By: Mary Hinckley) © UCL Media Services - University College London
Blog

Recovery can be achieved through empowering our regions – including England’s south east

Regional collaborations, coupled with sustained R&D investment, can support the UK’s post-pandemic recovery.

Computing

News

UK’s ‘digital blueprint’ receives £1.2m funding boost

The UK’s ability to respond to global challenges has been enhanced with a £1.2m investment in a digital platform that helps scientists analyse problems and model infrastructure improvements.

Aerial skyline of central London with famous landmarks, River Thames, skyscrapers and Blackfriars Bridge at sunset - London, UK
News

SES celebrates the DAFNI champions

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

News

SES institutions to benefit from £14 million for HPC services

Researchers across the Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES) are to share the benefits of a £30 million investment in advanced supercomputing services.

Research Data

©Diamond Light Source, 2021
Case Study

Research Data Transfer Zone

SES worked with Jisc and Diamond Light Source (Diamond) to establish a coherent framework that will significantly increase the end-to-end data speeds between SES partners and Diamond.

News

Research professionals seek new career pathways from ‘data explosion’

A report setting out scenarios for the future of research may have missed a chance to help carve out a new career path in structured research, a group of research professionals heard last week

A researcher in the lab
News

Is COVID-19 accelerating the shift towards Open Science?

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.

Equipment

A lab at UCL where LEAF was developed. Alejandro Walter Salinas Lopez ©2019 UCL. ISD Digital Media. University College London. All rights reserved.
Features

Making laboratories greener with LEAF

Historically, universities have lacked guidance on how to make labs more sustainable. Now SES members are using the LEAF framework to build sustainability into day-to-day lab usage.

Case Study

Spotlight On: µ-VIS

Each month we post a new edition to the SES ‘Spotlight On…’ series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting …

A woman pictured using the UCL / Ventura developed CPAP breathing aid (credit: James Tye / UCL)
Blog

Using the equipment sharing database to tackle COVID-19

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.