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About us

The School of Healthcare Enterprise and Innovation was formerly known as the Wessex Institute. Our experts use research findings to create practical solutions for healthcare systems and services worldwide. Supporting knowledge exchange from academia to the real-world and fostering business connections are at the heart of everything we do.

We work closely with organisations including the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) who fund and deliver world-leading health and social care research. Our NIHR partnership is the largest enterprise contract at the University. We also collaborate with groups across healthcare — from researchers and policymakers to industry and the public. 


Equality, diversity and inclusion

Our aim is to ensure that each individual is welcomed, supported and valued within our school.

We want to make our working environment inclusive irrespective of an individual’s gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation or disability. Our work on equality, diversity and inclusion is supported in the University and the NIHR through a strong governance structure. This aims to create a culture where everyone can thrive, belong and be themselves at work.

Our school is part of the Faculty of Medicine which holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award. This award recognises our commitment to tackling gender inequality.

The Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) Charter is a global framework which is used to promote inclusive working practices and transform gender equality within higher education and research.

This short film shows how we're using mental health charity Mind's workplace wellbeing index to support our staff.

Mind's Top Medium Employer Award, 2022 to 2023

In this 3 minute YouTube video from Mind, our staff share what they've been doing to remove the stigma around mental health.

Our knowledge exchange and enterprise units

Our school is home to research-focused businesses tackling major issues in healthcare. We also offer professional development courses and run a purpose-built teaching lab to improve health outcomes for young people.

Our research community

We work closely with a range of research groups, centres and institutes across the University to share knowledge and solve problems.


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Contact us

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School of Healthcare Enterprise and Innovation, Alpha House, University of Southampton Science Park, Chilworth, Southampton  SO16 7NP
We're open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, UK time.

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