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Research facilities

Our world-class facilities make Southampton one of the UK's best universities for research and study.

Top-class facilities that support our world-leading research

We invest millions in the development of our research facilities to ensure that our staff, students and collaborators have the very best equipment to help them in their work.

Our dedication to continually updating and improving our facilities means that we have high-quality equipment in every subject area of the University. Indeed, we currently have some of the best resources in the world for several subjects including oceanography, sound and vibration research, electronics and computer science and many specialist aspects of engineering and clinical research.

A number of our facilities are also available for use in commercial testing and consultancy.

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We collaborate with many other research institutions and universities to ensure that our researchers have access to the very best unique facilities in the world. For instance, our astrophysicists work with researchers at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) to design new experiments to detect dark matter and antimatter.

Our flagship Boldrewood campus is home to a selection of brand-new facilities
Boldrewood campus

In addition to our collaboration, we also developed an innovative system based on our successful Open Data service to facilitate the sharing of research facilities and high value equipment between and within UK universities.

Find out more about our research facilities and equipment database.

By coming to Southampton for your research, you can rest assured that we will do everything we can to make the very best facilities available to you.

Key facilities

Flight simulator

Funded by BAE (British Aerospace), this is a unique resource in the UK which is an invaluable facility for designing, testing and manufacturing air vehicles.

We lead the world in sound and vibration research
Anechoic Chamber

Anechoic Chamber

Our Large Anechoic Chamber in the Rayleigh Laboratories is one of the largest in the country, and forms an integral part of the facilities on offer at our internationally renowned Institute of Sound and Vibration Research.

Clinical academic research facility 

This dedicated facility develops and supports pioneering research into patient safety and essential care.

We have a huge collection of unique historical texts to support our researchers
Special collections

Special collections archive 

We have a number of historical archives and special collections, including the Wellington archive, the Palmerston archive, the Broadlands archive and the Parkes Jewish Studies collection – which is one of the best of its kind in the world.

The Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory

This state-of-the-art facility is an active centre for research into dielectric materials and insulation systems, as well as high voltage and related phenomena.

Wind tunnels 

The University of Southampton are proud to offer an enviable range of top-class wind tunnels for use by undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and businesses.

Research vessels 

Staff and students use our research vessels for a range of field work. Our vessels include a 19.75m catamaran for coastal and shelf research, and a 12m vessel for use in local waters. A great deal of nearshore work can be conducted from our RIB (rigid inflatable boat).

Using our facilities

We want our facilities to be available to anyone whose research could benefit from it. While certain facilities are run and primarily used by a particular faculty, we pride ourselves on our interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to research. Whether you are a postgraduate research student, a researcher from another department at the University, or a researcher from another institution or business we are happy to make our facilities available to you if practicable.

To enquire about using facilities if you are from outside the University, please visit our contact page or call us on +44 (0)23 8059 3095. 

Southampton wind tunnels

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