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Celebrating the NHS at 70

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We are proud of our history supporting the NHS.

As we say a very happy 70th birthday to the NHS, we are celebrating the many ways our staff and students, across disciplines, have contributed to the improvement of healthcare in the UK.

Here at the University of Southampton we have a long history of working with the NHS and we are proud to be shaping and contributing to the NHS of tomorrow.

Photo of Professor Sir John Pattison, Emeritus Professor, UCL. Speaking at our public healthcare lecture 2016.
There's a long history of the University of Southampton being involved in public health research...They've been absolutely vital in terms of the national approach to improving our healthcare.

Explore our contribution in our video highlights

Cancer Immunology Centre

We have opened the UK's first dedicated Cancer Immunology Centre, after raising over £25M in our campaign. Watch the video to take a tour.

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SMART nurse trials

Our nursing students are trialling new assisted reality technology to improve resuscitation techniques.

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Professor Tim Leighton on the BBC

Engineering better cleaning

'Starstream' is a new way of deep cleaning using bubbles and cold water that may revolutionise medical cleaning.

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Educating for a healthy future

LifeLab, in partnership with University Hospital, is a unique, state-of-the-art teaching laboratory dedicated to improving adolescent health.

Explore LifeLab

Improving healthcare in the region

FortisNet brings together academics and clinicians from across the South to address musculoskeletal health.

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Photo of Fiona Dalton, Chief Executive, University Hospital Southampton
We are very proud of the truly excellent academic partnership we have achieved with the University of Southampton...Our collaborative work has created fantastic results.
Fiona Dalton, Chief Executive, University Hospital Southampton

Student stories

We have been training nurses here at Southampton since 1957 and our medical school opened in 1971. Through our close partnership with University Hospital Southampton and other NHS providers across the South our students are trained through real-world situations right from the beginning.

Here's how some of our students and alumni are shaping the future:

Colm Darby holding a newborn baby.

UK Neonatal Nurse of the Year (2017)

Our student Colm Darby won this award for influencing the introduction of a new guideline to promote breastfeeding. He also helped to reduce neonatal admissions in the NHS hospital he was working in.

Postgraduate student Freya Malcher.

Fighting antibiotic resistance

Alumnus Dr Thomas Secker and postgraduate student Freya Malcher are part of an interdisciplinary team leading in the fight for infection control.

Research that's shaping the future of healthcare

We exist to make the world better. By bringing together academics, researchers and clinicians from across disciplines to work together we are creating research findings that are resulting in better clinical outcomes for patients.

Here is just a taste of our research:

Test tubes being filled.

Law and ethics in genomic testing

Genetic testing is becoming routine, but what are the ethical and legal dilemmas around this information? Our research is finding answers to the application of ethics and law in clinical practice.

Dandelion blowing in the wind.

Allergies centre of excellence

Our Allergy Centre is recognised as a World Allergy Organisation Centre of Excellence for allergy research, clinical service and education. Our Allergy MSc is training the clinicians of the future.

Paper sensors held in a hand.

Revolutionising medical tests

Sensors@Southampon is a multi-disciplinary network of researchers developing cheap paper-based sensors that can be used to test for medical conditions.

Hands of surgeons operating.

Improving rates of organ donation

We are working with healthcare providers to increase consent rates for organ and tissue donation, so that more lifesaving transplant operations can be carried out.

A word from our academics....

Some of our academics who work closely with the NHS share their thoughts about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Read more about the importance of research and technology to the NHS of tomorrow.

We’re top 5 in the world for nursing and midwifery

We are ranked 5th in the world and second in the UK according to the QS World Rankings by Subject 2020/21

Learn more about our nursing courses
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