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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 University of Rome (Sapienza University) 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, where he is involved in joint research. He also has on-going projects, involving international collaboration, at the synchrotron facilities at Trieste(Elettra) and Berlin(Bessy). In Hong Kong, he has given undergraduate lectures in Physical Chemistry as well as MSc lectures in Chemical Engineering.

Professor Malcolm Levitt has also established excellent international links. He has taught international courses in nuclear magnetic resonance in Austria, Spain, Croatia and India and has many international research collaborations with institutions across the globe including laboratories in Germany, France, Estonia, Russia, India, Japan, and the USA.

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 in the Electrochemistry Research Group, Prof. Phil Bartlett has research links with the University of Buenos Aires and University of Galway for EU-funded research exchanges in the area of bio-electrochemistry. He 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. Prof. Bartlett was the president of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), Prof. Andrea Russell is one of the ISE vice presidents and Dr Guy Denuault is the ISE UK representative and chair elect of the ISE Division 1. Dr Guy Denuault has been a regular visiting Professor at the Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo, where he has given a number of postgraduate courses in electrochemistry. He collaborates with colleagues at the Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications in Montreal. He also organises the Southampton Electrochemistry Summer School, an event that has been running since 1969 and attracts participants from all over the world.

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.

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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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