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Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute

Our impact

The University of Southampton is one of the UK’s top research universities, ranked 16th for the volume of its high quality research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework. The REF rated 84 per cent of Southampton’s overall research activity as world-leading and internationally excellent.

S3RI performed well in its specific Unit of Assessment in the REF 2021 with 99% of our activity rated as internationally excellent or of world-leading quality for both the impact of our research and the research environment that we offer. S3RI is also a key part of Statistics and Operational Research at Southampton, which is ranked 33rd in the QS World Rankings by Subject for 2021.

33rd in the World and 8th in the UK for Statistics and Operational Research
33rd in the World and 8th in the UK for Statistics

Government agencies from around the world, public and private sector and non-governmental organisations, charities and academics, all turn to S3RI when they need cutting-edge expertise in statistics, demography and social surveys, especially in the development of methodologies. We can call on world-leading academics from across the University of Southampton including social, health and physical scientists, engineers and mathematicians to work with us on projects.

Travellers at airport
Changing survery design or procedure can affect the outcome of a survey

Adjusting for discontinuities resulting from improvements and efficiencies in major government surveys

Changes in survey design or procedure, such as improvements in methodology or technology, can systematically affect the outcome of a survey. We have developed techniques to improve the availability and accuracy of the information we can gather about such effects, and have applied these to major national surveys.

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Traditional census data collection suffers from selective non-response by participants

Improving population censuses around the world

Our statistical techniques have informed the design of recent population censuses in the UK, Netherlands, Ireland and New Zealand, resulting in significant cost savings and political impact.

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Human trafficking
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Population size estimation of human trafficking

We have developed new methods to improve the accuracy of national and international estimates of the extent of human trafficking, with substantial implications for the policies of the United Nations and national governments.

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Statistical methodologies have refined a diagnostic biomarker test to detect growth hormone misuse in sport

Statistical Methodology for Growth Hormone Misuse in Competing Athletes

Our research has refined a diagnostic biomarker test to detect growth hormone misuse in sport, increasing confidence in accurate detection of doping by athletes.

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