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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

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.

University of Southampton's Levelling Up Impact Report cover image

Levelling Up Impact Report

The University of Southampton has set out 14 goals to help level up Britain by improving social mobility and tackling inequality of opportunity.

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.

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”.

Professor Liudi Jiang, head of Southampton’s Engineering Materials Research Group, is the LOMIS principal investigator.

Tackling health inequalities through technology

Heath conditions such as diabetes may have a massive impact on an individual, but their prevalence also reflects inequalities in society.

Professor Mark Spearing

Executive Board Member