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Web Science Institute

Collaborators and Supporters

We coordinate the University of Southampton’s globally recognised expertise on the development and social impact of Web technologies, offering analysis, tools, data and advice to government, business and civil society.

By building a vibrant network of partners in government, business and industry, establishing and maintaining an international profile through active engagement with the Web community and standards and governance bodies, we can achieve greater levels of visibility nationally and internationally for research, education, enterprise and policy in Web Science, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at Southampton.

Why engage with us

Working with the Web Science Institute offers an opportunity to collaborate with students and academic staff working on leading-edge research, in a range of Web Science topics from a socio-technical perspective.

Our experts can provide insight and intelligence on:

Our present and past partners include:

BBC | British LibraryBuild PeaceBusiness SouthCabinet OfficeCambridge Education Group | CleanWeb UKComic ReliefCtrl-ShiftData Science Institute, Imperial CollegeDepartment for Business | Department for Communities & Local Government Deutsche BankDigital Catapult | Dragonfly LabsDSTL | Elsevier | FacebookFawley WatersideFutureLearnGoogleGovernment Digital ServiceHampshire ConstabularyHaymarket PublishingHealth FoundationHome OfficeIBMInstagramInterpolIrwin MitchellLester Aldridge Solicitors | Microsoft Research Ministry of SoundNational Crime Agency | Nuffield Southampton Theatres Office for National StatisticsNational University of SingaporeOpen Data InstituteOpen Society FoundationsOrdnance SurveyParliamentary Digital ServicePLMR | Privitar Roke Manor ResearchSolent Local Enterprise PartnershipSouth East Regional Organised Crime UnitSouthampton City CouncilSpotify | Switch Concepts | Takeout | Tech City UK | Tesco The Alan Turing Institute | The National Crime Archive |  Tsinghua University | Universal UK | VerizonWeb Science TrustWEDINOSWessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) | W3C.

How can you get involved

The WSI and CDT offer a range of collaborative opportunities that focus on key research areas and our students’ academic and professional development.

Find out more about some of the ways you can get involved.

Contact us

Web Science Institute: Susan Davies, Coordination Manager at

Centre for Doctoral Training: Dr Mark Weal, CDT Director, or Alison Tebbutt, CDT Programme Manager at


Individual PhD projects can be proposed by partner organisations, led by academic staff and supervised jointly. The funding covers stipend and fees.

Pilot projects

Partner organisations may run small scale pilot projects which involve our students carrying out research or implementing activities to deliver outcomes.

Guest lectures

These are specialist keynote sessions, seminars or workshops featuring a topic relevant to Web Science.

Joint workshops

Team up with us to run a joint workshop to provide collaborative opportunities for both academics and students.

Joint research project

Use our extensive research expertise and collaborate with interdisciplinary researchers across the University of Southampton.

Research sandpits

Groups of students and academics engage with industry-relevant problems raised by partners, and over a period of a week or a month they deliver insights against the initial brief.

CDT Advisory Board

The CDT’s Advisory Board aims to provide a strategic overview and comprises the CDT Management team, representatives from partner organisations, the EPSRC and the student body.

Industry placements

Students may undertake a full or part-time internship at an external organisation at any point during their studies. You can read more about some of the internships our students have undertaken here.

Sponsorship opportunities

The CDT welcomes any support in the form of sponsored events and operational activities, for example sponsored prizes, training packages, or co-funding a one-day event, mini-conference or research visit.

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