Research and development is at the heart of any knowledge-based or innovative company. Here at Southampton we have a long history of working with corporations, supplying companies around the world with graduates of global distinction and collaborating on world leading research.
Cutting edge research with everyday applications
The University of Southampton has a global reputation for research excellence. In fact, Southampton has been responsible for innovations which have changed and shaped the modern world.
Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre is responsible for the development of optical fibres and the Erbium Doped Fibre Amplifier that underpins the internet and has led to the creation of a cluster of nine photonics companies
Our researchers have been instrumental in making aircraft engines quieter and more efficient
The University’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) has been instrumental in developing ‘virtual surround sound’, now used in home cinema entertainment; ISVR also established the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre in 1990 to help severely to profoundly deaf adults and children; surgeons at the Centre have implanted over 580 devices since the programme began
Our Institute of Developmental Sciences is a world leader in the study of links between mothers’ diet and lifestyle and the health of children into adulthood.
Working with us
Research collaborations can take many forms, from the creation of University Technology Centres to enable intensive research and development to long and short-term contract research projects.
We host five University Technology Centres in collaboration with leading organisations – Microsoft, Airbus, RNLI, Lloyd’s Register and Rolls-Royce. These centres enable intensive research and development and technology innovation between the university and industry.
Our research from humanities, law, arts and social sciences can equally be applied to commercial, environmental, cultural and social challenges faced by private industry, the public sector and the third sector.
By undertaking research with the University, external organisations can tap into funding not normally available to them.