University of Southampton

The impact of our research

The University of Southampton is changing the world for the better, working with industry, governments and research institutions to make a global impact.

We are a world-class research-intensive Russell Group university. Over 97 per cent of our research has been assessed as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

How we create an impact

New breakthroughs in all disciplines have the ability to make our lives better. We believe it is our responsibility to do all that we can to make the leap from academic publication to real-life solutions so that our research helps everyone it can.

Changing practices

We support our researchers in talking to government policy makers to affect positive change

Changing practices

Impact on government policy

A great deal of our research explores the issues that affect us as a nation and as a planet. In order to put the results of this kind of research into use it is vital to collaborate with government policy makers to create change. Our interdisciplinary research groups, in particular, work on society's global challenges.

Our impact on society

We have a long tradition of engaging the public in many areas of our research. Our Public Engagement with Research project runs a number of initiatives to help us increase public engagement with research across the University.

Impact on teaching

Our emphasis on research-led teaching means that our students are taught the latest theories, research and innovations from experts in their field.

Impact on business

Here at Southampton we are incredibly successful at commercialising our research, and working with businesses to help create useful innovations. For example, we make use of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to ensure that we know what issues are affecting modern businesses, and how we can tailor our research to help solve these problems.

Featured projects

Open, linked data for a better future

At Southampton we are trying to set an example of how useful open data can be with our Open Data Service, and we continue to be Open Data Advisors to the government.

For an idea of the potential impact of a web of open, linked data watch this TED talk by Sir Tim Berners-Lee.



Watch videos of some of our other featured projects