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Key Facts

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), more than 60 percent of the University of Southampton’s research was considered world leading or internationally excellent.

Invest in Hampshire - Research Excellence

Research Excellence

Innovative and world-leading technologies and knowledge are developed each day in Hampshire. The county is home to several centres of research excellence providing an unrivalled competitive edge to the companies in the key sectors they are affiliated with.


The University of Southampton is the leading maritime university in the UK with world-class facilities including the Lloyd’s Register Maritime Centre of Excellence and the wind tunnels of the Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics (WUMTIA), where engineers also frequently undertake consultancy work for Formula One teams. The National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) is one of the world’s leading centres for research and education in marine and earth science and for the development of marine technology, and provides large-scale infrastructure and support for the entire UK marine research community.

Maritime research at Southampton Solent University has been in four main areas: maritime human factors and resource management, behavioural markers, maritime environmental management, and ship hydrodynamics.
The University’s Warsash Maritime Academy provides education, training, consultancy and research to the international shipping and off-shore oil industries.

Aerospace & Defence

Based in Farnborough, QinetiQ is Europe’s largest technology company and one of the world’s finest defence research institutions. The company’s research labarotories have pioneered a range of technologies including radar and liquid crystal displays.

The University of Portsmouth’s Aerospace Materials  research group specialises in applied research into fatigue and fracture of aerospace materials and components with industrial collaborators including:

  • Rolls Royce
  • US Air Force
  • MOD
  • QinetiQ

The University of Southampton’s Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) for Computational Engineering applies modern computational tools, methods and environments to problems in aerospace engineering and related fields. 

Financial & Professional Services

The University of Portsmouth hosts several research centres including the Accounting and Finance Research Group which conducts research in corporate governance, auditing, financial reporting and in the regulation of financial reporting.

ICT & Digital

The Southampton Solent University SFX Research Cluster brings together practice-theory based researchers from a range of areas such as animation, computer video games, prosthetics and make-up effects, and visual effects. The Interactive Media Cluster brings together practice-based researchers from a range of disciplines and represents a commitment to integrating the potential of interactive technologies into both commercial and artistic projects. 

The University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) laid the foundations for the internet and global telecommunications and the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing at the University is the only one of its kind in the UK. 

Science & Health Technologies

The Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science (IBBS) at the University of Portsmouth serves as a focus for multidisciplinary research in the biomedical sciences, including both fundamental studies and applied research in the molecular biosciences.

The University of Southampton Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS) pioneers an innovative multidisciplinary approach to research, bringing together teams of world-class scientists and engineers with a common interest in the life sciences to address these challenges.

Advanced Engineering

The University of Southampton’s Centre for Complex Autonomous Systems Engineering (CCASE) specialises in complex autonomous systems with a high level of adaptivity and awareness of the environment.

The University of Portsmouth’s Manufacturing Engineering facilities have been significantly strengthened by serving as the Regional Centre for Manufacturing Industry, RCMI, with extensive links with local SME as well as knowledge transfer partnerships with industries.