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University of Southampton

The University of Southampton stands for exploration and curiosity, using interdisciplinary thinking, inventive education, and cutting-edge facilities to catalyse change.

It is consistently placed in the top 100 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings and its scientists are finding solutions for some of the biggest challenges that our planet is facing.

It is the place where fibre-optic research is creating a faster, smarter internet; where the immune system is leading the fight against cancer; and where resources are being secured for the world’s growing populations.

Over 40% of Southampton’s research activities involve industry collaboration; the University consistently ranks first or second in the UK for the financial value of its consultancy and its engagement with small- and medium-sized companies.

Southampton is also renowned for commercialising its research; its business incubation partnership, SETsquared, has been ranked by UBI Global as the World Top Business Incubator managed by a university, since 2015.

The University of Southampton Science Park is one of the largest university science parks in the UK with an annual economic impact of £550m and the University brings approximately £1.3bn into the regional economy.

Member stories


The spin-outs changing our world

Spin-outs have the potential to redefine how research, patient care and product development is handled in the future. Find out about SES members’ spin-out activities.

University of Southampton Science Park

The economic and social impact of the University of Southampton

More than a third of the identifiable regional-based impact generated by the University of Southampton occurred outside the south east of England, a report by independent consultants reveals.

A human head and neck cancer (HNSCC) under the microscope. The pink islands are the cancer cells; these are surrounded by paler cells (the cancer associated fibroblast, or CAFs, and on the right of the image are lymphocytes. These appear as small black dots, which fail to infiltrate into the cancer due to the CAFs

Clinical trials begin for promising cancer treatment discovered at Southampton

A new type of cancer treatment developed at Southampton – that it is hoped will significantly improve the success rate of immunotherapy – is undergoing clinical trials for the first time.

Farmland in North Wales © Mary Hinkley

Showing our impact – REF 2021

Looking beyond SES members’ excellent performance in REF 2021 to their case studies reveals the positive impact their research is having. Here are some examples.


Crafting culture change

This year is the tenth anniversary of the Research Software Engineers’ community. It’s a milestone for the group – but also a huge milestone for the UK research environment.

(Credit: Advanced Research Computing UCL)

Research technology professionals – adding value to research teams

When research technology professionals work with your team it makes for ‘happy researchers’ delegates at a SES event heard last month.

Professor Mark Spearing

Executive Board Member