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Partnerships and Case Studies

Read about our latest research collaborations with industry.

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Collaboration is a key aspect of the University’s research activity; at Southampton Business School joint working is integral to many of our research projects. As well as conducting interdisciplinary research within the University, we have a global network of partners who are working with us to address today’s business challenges.

Recent collaborative projects

Government agencies, local authorities, industry and research organisations are always interested in our findings. We can undertake contract research, and we are always keen to hear from new commercial and stakeholder contacts.

Improving railway efficiency

Southampton Business School is taking part in a £400,000 University of Southampton research project to improve the operational efficiency of the UK’s passenger railways. Junctions and stations on the UK’s national rail network will be used as case studies, together with best practice from railways around the world, including those of the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Professor John Preston from Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering is leading the project, along with Dr Tolga Bektas and Professor Chris Potts from Mathematics. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), work began in October 2010. Industrial partners include Arup and Balfour Beatty Rail.

Supporting the RNLI

Management scientists and engineers at the University of Southampton have joined forces with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to reduce the operational costs of its fleet. The RNLI is wholly dependent on charitable giving; by saving money on operational working it can use donations more effectively to save more lives.

 A Knowledge Transfer Partnership has been signed between the two organisations. Two talented graduates will be appointed to work as associates at RNLI headquarters in Poole for two years, supervised by Professor Douglas Macbeth of the Business School and Professor Ajit Shenoi from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Life Sciences together with Dr James Blake are also involved in the initiative.

Probing the value of Solent maritime industries

We are contributing our expertise in supply chains to Solent Maritime, a new group formed by Business Southampton to highlight the importance of maritime companies to the area and promote the sector.

Research shows the marine sector contributes more than 25% of Southampton’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) - approximately £1.4bn.

Southampton Business School, working with experienced consultants SCMG, has been commissioned to produce a database and supply chain map that will identify the activities and linked relationships of the Solent’s maritime businesses and organisations.

Helping to shape the UK’s future health and social care

The University of Southampton has embarked on a unique piece of research into the future supply and demand of health and social care for the UK’s ageing population.

Researchers from four of the University’s leading international research centres (Centre for Research on Ageing; Economic and Social Research Council Centre for Population Change; Centre for Operational Research, Management Science and Information Systems; and Institute for Complex Systems Simulation) are working together for the first time to collate and analyse data on a range of factors influencing health and social care, including population, ageing, disability, disease, new technologies, income and wealth. The findings will be used to inform policy makers and help make decisions about future social care provision.

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