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To achieve and sustain internationally leading levels of research in the fields of science and engineering, good access to research equipment and cutting-edge techniques is essential.

Over the past decade, more and more collaboration has been taking place, both within and between universities, to make better use of equipment.  

SES members are working together to identify opportunities to provide greater efficiencies in equipment procurement and use, by encouraging greater collaborative activity.

At the same time our members are engaging with industry and other bodies to promote economic growth through sharing research facilities and equipment.

Together, we explore how shared infrastructure and training help strengthen the UK’s international competitiveness in research.

Equipment sharing

The SES member institutions contribute to a national database of research facilities and equipment identifying, those facilities which are available for sharing across the consortium.

The search engine, run by Jisc and funded by EPSRC, allows our researchers to locate equipment, which are internally available at one of our institutions.

Find equipment at your institution:

You can access the national equipment database via the button below.

Equipment sharing group

Our equipment sharing network meets on a termly basis, to share knowledge and explore common issues. Recent meetings have discussed sharing platforms and how participants are responding to challenges at their universities.

Please email Rosie Niven for further information.

Facilities and infrastructure

In the south east, we also have a number of national research facilities and infrastructure hubs based at our member universities.

Further information

Useful links

The latest on equipment

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

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)

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.

Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash

SES universities take leading role in coronavirus research

Researchers from across Science and Engineering South (SES) member institutions have joined the international response to the coronavirus in an effort to develop treatments, vaccinations and protect communities.

Case Study

The Green Dream Team

How efficient labs could progress sustainability and excellence in research. An exciting new tool is currently being piloted across the UK in an endeavour to …


Improving Research Workflows by Enabling High-speed Data Transfers

With the volume of data generated from research increasing rapidly and affecting a wider variety of fields and disciplines than ever before, the requirement for …