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International links

Southampton is a truly international university with a global reputation for excellence in leading-edge research. Many of our research and teaching staff have worked outside the UK and others have chosen to come here from other countries. We have established many teaching and research links with institutions all over the world.

Our staff

Our staff have forged strong links with the international community. Professor John Dyke, for example, is visiting Professor at the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences (IAMS) Taipei, Taiwan and works on joint research projects with physical chemists there. He is also visiting Professor at the University of Mauritius, the New University of Lisbon and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Professor Malcolm Levitt has also established excellent international links. He teaches international courses in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance in Austria, Spain, Croatia and India and has many international research collaborations with institutions across the globe from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, to Kyoto University in Japan.

Professor Phil Gale works with a number of groups worldwide. He received an EPSRC/NSF grant to collaborate with the University of Maryland on a project researching transmembrane bicarbonate transport for example. Phil also collaborates with the University of Burgos, Spain on a transmembrane anion transport project and with a team from the University of Windsor, Ontario Canada on transition metal based anion receptors. Phil has excellent international connections – he is a member of international committee of the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry and is part of the management committee for the EU COST action CM1005 Supramolecular Chemistry in Water.

Professor Jeremy Frey has also forged strong research collaborations, such as a project with the Department of Chemistry at KTH in Stockholm, to study the air/water interface and modification by adsorbates using non-linear spectroscopy, which is relevant to a wide range of environmental and industrial processes. Jeremy also works with the Department of Physics at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Pen State and Pacific North National Laboratories and has funding from the Worldwide Universities Network.

Our research groups also strive to collaborate on a global scale. For example the Electrochemistry Research Group has research links with the University of Buenos Aires and University of Galway for EU-funded research exchanges in the area of bioelectrochemistry. It also works on a EU-funded research project on implantable biofuel cells for biomedical applications with a team of collaborators ranging from the University of Limerick to the Universität für Bodenkultur Wien.

Student exchange partnerships

Southampton has a longstanding chemistry student exchange partnership with the Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Undergraduate students in the final year of their degree have the opportunity to spend six months on a research project in the laboratories at the partner university. Each year, between three and five students enter the exchange programme and it’s an assessed part of the MChem degree at Southampton. As well as offering fantastic opportunities in science, the exchange encourages an appreciation of cultural diversity in a location with unlimited opportunities for exploration around South East Asia.

The University of Southampton is also part of the Innovative Synthesis, Culture and Entrepreneurship in Chemistry (ISCE-Chem) consortium which aims to enhance scientific knowledge in the field of molecular chemistry on both sides of the Channel. The ISCE-Chem partners offer a diploma of Excellence for Master’s students and Ph.D. training programmes in centred on synthetic chemistry.

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I was successful in winning a teaching scholarship from the Singapore government and was accepted to Southampton.
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