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Researcher support

We provide support for all our researchers to enable world-leading research.

At Southampton, we help nurture the careers and goals of our researchers, through specified support services such as the Doctoral College and Research and Innovation Services (RIS). We help our researchers navigate the complete research life-cycle and develop the skills they need to join the next generation of research leaders.

Research and Innovation Services (RIS)

Doctoral College

Our Research and Innovation Services team help and support our researchers across a number of areas:

RISContact RISRIS Internal Site

Develop with our Doctoral College

Our Doctoral College is the hub of the University's vibrant and inspiring doctoral research community. It is the focal point for doctoral training and researcher development, supporting our postgraduate researchers through:

Find out more about the Doctoral College


Pure is the leading research information system used by the University of Southampton to disseminate our research activity. Pure performs strategic decision-making, supports the management of the University’s research performance and enables the expertise of researchers and departments to be more easily discovered.

The reporting capabilities in Pure will help to ensure Open Access compliance and the eligibility of outputs for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Pure is intuitive to use but a range of support is already available, including Library and Faculty-based experts and online user-guides which can be accessed via the Pure web pages.

Pure Support

Public Engagement with Research unit (PERu)

The Public Engagement with Research unit (PERu) exists to inspire and support high quality public engagement with research across all disciplines at the University of Southampton.

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Public Policy|Southampton (PPS)

Public Policy|Southampton (PPS) is the University of Southampton's dedicated unit to help researchers connect with policymakers on a local, sub-national, national and international level. The three main pillars of PPS activities include:

We organise training on key policy-related skills, such as embedding impact into research, engaging with Parliament and Government, writing policy briefs and using DataViz tools to influence policy. Find out more about our events.

Planning for Policy Impact
We advise academics on their impact strategy and support them to develop evidence-to-policy activities. Find out more about Research Project Support

Building external relationships
We have a network of contacts across Westminster, Whitehall and local Government and use these contacts to build new relationships between researchers and policymakers. Find out about ways to engage

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Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAA's)

The University of Southampton is proud to be working with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on a number of Research Council Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAA's).

IAA funding provides a platform to discover, stimulate and grow our impact and Knowledge Exchange opportunities. It helps to ensure effective translation of our research and enables greater collaboration with users and stakeholders to inform the direction of our research, innovation and education. By deploying IAA funding in a variety of activities, we aim to foster and support innovation, build skills and capacity, and drive impactful change.

Please visit the individual funder pages for further information on opportunities that are currently available at the University of Southampton.

Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAA's)
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