The University of Southampton has over five decades of research and development expertise in the high technology world of performance sport. Since 2005, we have been working in partnership with UK Sport to ensure the best performance and preparation for British athletes, working with gold medal winners at both the Beijing and Vancouver Games.
World record holding Paralympian cyclist tests his new bike
Performance Sports Engineering Laboratory (PSEL)
Our Performance Sports Engineering Laboratory (PSEL) has had a close working relationship with UK Sport since early 2005 and has worked to support the performance of the athletes that won 16 of the 20 gold medals won by Great Britain in the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics. Find out more about our engineering excellence.
Our world-renowned Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics (WUMTIA) has been awarded Innovation Partner status by UK Sport, which means it is recognised as providing services that meet the world-class standards of excellence in performance science and innovation required to make an impact on the UK’s best athletes and coaches.
Our engineers carried out wind tunnel testing to accelerate the development of British cycling's track bikes and riders ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Find out more about our work with British Cycling.
On-going research in support of British Swimming has been applying naval architecture techniques to understand the science of human swimming. Find out more about Project SwimSIM.
Amy Williams was helped to her Bob Skeleton Gold Medal in Vancouver 2010 by the University’s School of Engineering Sciences. Find out more about Amy Williams' success at Vancouver 2010.
Students' engineering glory
Engineering doctorate students Rachel Blackburn and James Roche were part of the team that helped Amy Williams claim gold in Vancouver. Find out more about Rachel and James's work.