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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton


Our staff and students celebrate many achievements.  We are frequently recognised, both across the University of Southampton itself and by external institutions and bodies, for the high quality of the research and study opportunities in Ocean and Earth science.

Student success

Our students are encouraged and supported in their entries to national and international marine and geoscience competitions, competing against other universities and research institutions. Whether individual or team efforts, our students have an outstanding success rate in being recognised and rewarded for their subject excellence. Recent achievements include our undergraduate team's success at the AAPG Barrel Award.

Research recognition

A number of our academics receive prestigious prizes for the quality of their research and services to ocean and Earth science, which have led to a greater understanding of the societal impact and consequences of a range of issues such as climate change, global warming and natural disasters.In the last year, Emeritus Professor Paul Tyler was awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year honours list, Professor Paul Wilson received the notable ‘Wolfson Research Merit Award’ and Professor Martin Palmer was presented with a Geochemistry award by the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry.

In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), Ocean and Earth Science reaffirmed its position as a world-leader in research excellence by ranking 2 in the UK for proportion of research recognised as world-leading (4*) and our overall submission had the greatest proportion (41%) of world-leading (4*) research for large submissions (> 50 staff). Our Impact case studies covered a wide range of areas in Ocean and Earth science demonstrating that our researchers are at the cutting-edge of knowledge, working on solutions to some of today's toughest challenges.

New discoveries

Our researchers are consistently making new discoveries and pushing forward the understanding of our planet in order to help inform decisions that have major societal impact. Our work frequently appears in the national press, and our academics, valued for their knowledge and authority of Ocean and Earth science issues, appear regularly on national news broadcasts to explain and aid the communication of information relating to worldwide environmental events and occurrences.


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