Recognised in the world’s top 100 universities, the University of Southampton is an exemplar of an institution whose research can make a real difference to society. It is a founder member of SETsquared, the business incubator, ranked by UBI Global as the number one in the world.
The University of Southampton has a well-developed Research Innovation and Enterprise strategy and is a major driver of innovation with extensive experience of strategic research collaborations, engaging with global businesses and SMEs. Its Research Partnerships provide a way for businesses to develop new technologies and processes, or gain critical insights into business challenges.
Through working closely with companies to understand their specific needs, the University excels at bringing them together with its world-class researchers and facilities to create novel solutions to address those challenges. The University continually updates and improves its facilities, which means that it has high-quality equipment in every subject area it covers. Indeed, it currently has 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.
It has a leading reputation for its interdisciplinary ways of working and this has enhanced its strength and relevance in relation to the Space and Satellite Applications sector. The University has world leading activities in diverse areas of geospatial data science, including: pioneering work to produce high-resolution global population distribution and characteristics maps through space and time; identifying drivers and implication of population change: supporting national disease control programmes through mapping the spread of pathogens; and producing accurate estimations of environmental conditions and implications of climate change using state of the art satellite data.
Its Aeronautics and Astronautics unit encompasses a broad range of disciplines in the field of aerospace engineering and the design and construction of airframes, engines, satellites and other spacecraft. It is the only Russell Group university to offer degrees that combine both aeronautics and astronautics.
It is the leading UK university in drone technology and in 2018 was awarded a five-year EPSRC Programme Grant to lead a consortium of UK universities in a research initiative aimed at achieving a step change in the usability of unmanned aircraft systems. It has key strengths in Space Environment research, with projects using a range of ground- and space-based instrumentation to better understand the dynamics of the magnetospheres and upper atmospheres of several of the planets in the Solar System.
It has world leading expertise in the area of Space Debris and in 2017, working with the European Space Agency, led a study into the effects of launching large constellations of satellites with regard to collisions. In 2018, the results of the study were presented to the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee