Maximizing human developmental

University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Faculty of Medicine
University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road
Southampton, SO16 6YD, UK


Project Leader

Prof. Dr. Mark Hanson

Phone number: +44 238 120 525 5

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Prof. Dr. Hazel Inskip

Phone number: +44 238 076 404 4

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Institute presentation

The University of Southampton is one of the leading universities in the United Kingdom, was founded in 1952 and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK Universities. UOS has more than 16,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 postgraduates and is an excellent venue for conducting cutting-edge research and for providing high quality education. The university is truly international, drawing students from over 130 different countries and benefiting from a wide and varied culture. It is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (QS world university rankings 2015-16) and in the top 15 research led universities in the UK (REF 2014), and is participating in a high number of collaborative research projects and related initiatives. UOS has a successful track record of industrial collaborations and is at the centre of a cluster of local high technology companies. In 2014/2015 alone UOS has received over €170M in research grants and contracts, including over €21M from the European Commission.

UOS has a strong track record of working in European projects, especially within the Framework Programme. The EC 7th FP7 Monitoring Report ranked UOS 15th out of all higher and secondary education organisations for number of FP7 participations during 2007-2012. Throughout the FP7 UOS has received €125M in research grants and has been involved in 318 projects, including 17 HEALTH Collaborative Projects.

The Faculty of Medicine (FoM) is a leading centre of medical research in the UK. In the 2014 UK Research Assessment Exercise, 75% FoM was rated of international recognised or world class for research quality, while 94% of FoM research impact was deemed of international excellence. FoM research strategy and infrastructure were stated to be “outstanding” and could “support a substantial body of research at world-leading level”. FoM’s strengths are immunology, cancer sciences, respiratory medicine, primary care and human development. Through the Institute for Life Sciences, FoM is helping to bring new materials and point-of-care devices to the clinic, apply mathematical modelling to biological and clinical problems and bridge the gap between microscopy and structural biology by imaging in the nanodomain. FoM has 1250 undergraduate students, 80 taught and 140 research postgraduate students. It employs 370 academic and 340 other staff. The Faculty of Medicine has also a strong background in working on a number of international research projects, including 29 awarded FP7 projects worth over €8M. In 2013/2014 alone FoM received over €46M in research grants, of which €2.2 from the European Commission.