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Latest research impact case studies

Explore a selection of our latest research impact case studies from across the University.

Our researchers tackle the most pressing challenges facing society today. These range from climate change, global health and renewable energy.

We transfer knowledge and discoveries from our research to the wider community. We do this through free online courses, professional development and higher education courses in over 65 subject areas. We also develop research collaborations, consultancy, technology licensing and the formation of new companies.

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Art

Southampton's Winchester School of Art research focuses on the audience as well as the content. Specific areas of interest include the benefits of conceptual art in relation to personal development, and reaching the wider audience.

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Developing wildlife corridors for large mammals
Protecting Belize's Jaguars

Biological Sciences

The desire to find solutions to contemporary challenges is at the heart of our Biological Sciences research ethos.

Research areas include developing sustainable pest and disease control solutions, developing drug testing that doesn't use animals, tackling parasitic diseases and securing a wildlife corridor in Belize.

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Chemistry

Chemistry has a broad range of research, crossing the boundaries separating the traditional disciplines.

With our innovative and entrepreneurial approach, coupled with our global partnerships with businesses and the public sector, our researchers are tackling the most pressing challenges facing society today.

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Helping people with learning disabilities to be heard
Helping people with disabilities

Education

Education at Southampton has an excellent national and international reputation for its fundamental and applied research.

Fields of research include improving approaches to working with people with severe learning disabilities and informing policy on apprenticeships.

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Electronics and Computer Science

Southampton is the foremost university department of its kind in the UK, with a reputation for pioneering research.

Research areas include leading global research in micro-technologies for health and gait biometrics.

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Engineering and the Environment

Southampton researchers are at the cutting-edge of knowledge, working on solutions to some of today's toughest challenges.

Research areas include bioengineering, support for the aerospace industry, performance sports engineering and finding sustainable energy solutions.

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Improving access to clean water
Improving access to clean water

Geography and the Environment

Geography's interdisciplinary approach combines social, economic and environmental expertise to expertly address a range of critical and timely issues.

Research areas include forensic palynology, improving the high street economy and managing and restoring our river environments. 

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Health Sciences

Health Sciences are investigating our most urgent health issues with innovative and ground breaking clinical research.

Research includes improving standards in end-of-life care, stroke rehabilitation and influencing government policy on the prescribing revolution.

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History

Our work spans wide specialist interests in ancient and medieval history, early modern history, Jewish history and culture, modern American history, modern British/Imperial history, and modern European history.

Strong thematic interests weave through our research areas. In this case study find out more about the role of music in the Holocaust.

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Modernising global container trade
Modernising global container trade

Law

Southampton Law School has a worldwide reputation for research excellence in a number of fields.

Research includes influencing policy on health ethics and third party insurance.

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Mathematical Sciences

With expertise in a broad range of mathematical sciences our mathematicians are ideally placed to contribute to the scientific and social challenges facing society.

Research areas include pollution forecasting, improving drug development and designing a software toolbox for the European Space Agency. 

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Scorpion Primers
Medical Diagnostics

Medicine

We have an outstanding reputation and are committed to the pursuit of excellence in biomedical sciences and clinical research.

Research includes detecting and managing malnutrition, developing gene mapping, improving care for patients and transforming people's lives through bone stem cell therapy.

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Music

We are an internationally recognised centre for research in musicology and ethnomusicology, composition, and performance.

Research areas of particular strength include music history; theory and analysis; contemporary music and popular culture; performance; and composition.

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A research apparatus surveying the sea bed.
Surveying the sea bed

Ocean and Earth Science

With a multidisciplinary emphasis, Ocean and Earth Science research at Southampton focuses on scientific excellence with impact.

Research includes finding solutions for the nuclear waste industry, simulating changes in Earth's climate conditions over time, and managing the seabed through near-surface imaging.

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Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC)

Photonics research at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has been making a life-changing impact on society for 50 years.

Many of the major developments in today’s technology have come as a result of our innovation.

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Psychology

Our psychologists apply the highest quality in scientific investigation to a range of social, educational and health-related issues.

Research includes developing health interventions, influencing policy on food processing and labelling and improving airport security searches.

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Research includes improving family planning, influencing child health in developing countries and economic policy around the world, and revamping official statistics on migration and population.
Influencing health policies

Social Sciences

Social Science research is world-leading and extends to the following areas: ageing/gerontology, economics, politics and international relations, social statistics and demography, social work and sociology, social policy, criminology and anthropology.

Research areas include improving family planning, influencing child health in developing countries and economic policy around the world, and revamping official statistics on migration and population.

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Southampton Business School

Our staff conduct significant international research involving major companies and external organisations.

Research includes improving assessment of credit risk, credit creation analysis and helping government provide better public services.

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Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute

Working alongside world-leading academics from across the University, SSRI statistical research has real-world impact.

Research includes improving the accuracy of Census data and methodologies in small area estimation.

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