Our researchers are tackling the most pressing challenges facing society today, including climate change, global health and renewable energy.
We transfer this knowledge to the wider community through professional development courses, research collaborations, consultancy, technology licensing and company formation.
More than 150 international businesses have chosen Southampton as a key partner for their research and development. We work with hi-tech companies of all sizes – local, regional and global. See more on our work with business.
Examples of the pioneering work being conducted at Southampton
Engineering and the Environment
Pioneering research into bubble acoustics is developing exciting applications in several fields. Our researchers are using bubbles to transform medicine, develop ultrasonic cleaning and learn more about whales and dolphins. See more impact case studies in Engineering and the Environment.
Intelligent traffic systems
As the world’s roads get busier, we need intelligent and sustainable solutions to keep traffic flowing. Our Transportation Research Group (TRG) is finding ways to reduce city gridlock and cut congestion on motorways. See more impact case studies in Engineering and the Environment.
Working in partnership to develop a unique hip replacement
While most hip replacement operations on older patients are successful, younger, more active patients present a greater challenge. Our engineers have worked with the orthopaedics industry and clinicians to come up with new implant solutions. See more impact case studies in Engineering and the Environment.
Natural and Environmental Sciences
Explore the deep
In Ocean and Earth Science, the deep oceans are a major research area. Much remains to be learned about this extraordinary, mysterious world, which is under increasing pressure from human activities and exploitation. See more impact case studies in Ocean and Earth Science.
Exosect: an innovative electrostatic technology providing environmentally friendly pest control
Exosect® has been pioneering more sustainable pest and disease control solutions to tackle a wide range of problems throughout the food supply chain. As the world needs to produce more food, amid political, regulatory and macro-economic pressures, Exosect provides a range of sustainable tools to control damaging pests which will help ensure greater agricultural efficiency without recourse to potentially harmful agro-chemicals. See more impact case studies in Biological Sciences.
Evaluating sub-sea bed hydrocarbon reservoirs by marine electromagnetic geophysical surveying
The University played a pivotal role in the first marine controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) survey over a potential oilfield in 2000, spawning one of the greatest technological advances in this field with over 600 commercial CSEM surveys completed by 2012. See more impact case studies in Ocean and Earth Science.
Los Niños: Child exiles of the Spanish Civil War
In 2009 the University, in collaboration with Hampshire Archives and Local Studies, received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to record and disseminate the life histories of 30 former refugees that arrived in Southampton in May 1937. Find out more about Los Niños.
The Portus Project
The Portus Project seeks to build a better understanding of Portus itself and its relationship to Ostia, Rome, and the rest of the Mediterranean, while enhancing the ways in which complex classical sites can be investigated and recorded. Find out more about the Portus project.
Physical Sciences and Engineering
The University is a world leader in biometrics and is at the forefront of research into gait biometrics - identifying people by the way they walk. Our pioneering research has had a significant impact on public policy, national security processes, forensic service practice and the economy. See more impact case studies in Electronics and Computer Science.
Micro-technologies enable remote medical diagnosis
World-leading research at the University is developing portable electronic devices that can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic conditions in their own homes. See more impact case studies in Electronics and Computer Science.
Social and Human Sciences
Injecting life back into the high street
Research by Southampton geography and environmental studies academics is helping inject life back into the UK’s high streets by having a major impact on the UK and global retail sector and government retail policy. See more impact case studies in Geography and Environment.
Improving security checks at airports and war zones
Research by psychologists at the University of Southampton could help improve the effectiveness of airport security searches and searching for hidden bombs in war zones such as Afghanistan. See more impact case studies in Psychology.