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Researchers within all of Southampton Solent University’s research hubs work strategically to build collaborative relationships with industry, the third sector and other research institutions.

Business and society

Researchers within the business and society research hub enjoy close collaborative relationships with local and national partners including city and county councils, the Leisure Studies Association, the Association for Heterodox Economics and the Association of Chief Police Officers.

The research strengths of the hub have also led to successful knowledge transfer partnerships with regional industrial partners. Academic expertise in cloud-computing, e-marketing, business development, e-learning and performance measurement has driven successful relationships with partners including The Merchant Navy Welfare Board, Business in the Community, Cupe Ltd, Tavcom Ltd and Total Logistics.

Maritime, technology and environment

The research strengths of this hub have led to successful knowledge transfer partnerships with regional industrial partners. Academic expertise in semi-autonomous electronic systems, business app development and acoustics have also driven successful relationships with partners including Heman Dual Control Ltd, Five Rivers Childcare Ltd and SAS Ltd. Products emerging from these partnerships include the development of an online hearing test.

Creative and digital industries

Members of the creative and digital industries hub work to promote the dynamic interchange of theory and practice. The hub allows the development of projects which cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge accepted models of working.

Collaborative relationships which reflect this philosophy have been developed with a wide range of partners, from festivals to media companies the wider European creative network. Previously, researchers within the hub have contributed to a number of successful external funding bids, including the four year EU funded INTERREG-VIVID project (Value Increased by Visual Design).

Sport, health and wellbeing

The sport, health and wellbeing research hub encourages postgraduate and undergraduate students to engage in research and innovation activities and works with established researchers to support the development of collaborative, inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary projects.

Researchers within the hub enjoy close collaborative relationships with local and national partners, including the City and County Councils, NHS Trusts, the Wessex Academic Health Science Network, and many other UK research institutions, including the Universities of Bath, Chester, Bournemouth, Southampton and Manchester Metropolitan.

Through the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research, hub members are also connected with prestigious professional football bodies such as the League Managers Association.

Solent Research Challenge

The Solent Research Challenge is a ground-breaking new initiative linking the University with our neighbours in the Solent area through a unique research project.

The challenge was launched at the Research and Innovation conference held on 19-20 May 2016, and is entitled: The Music Life Report: the musical life of a city (Southampton).

How you can take part


Solent Research Challenge - communications overview


Solent Research Challenge - data gathering overview


Solent Research Challenge - analysts overview


Solent Research Challenge - impact overview

Focus groups

There will be a series of focus groups held over the summer to discuss and develop the Challenge.

Solent Research Challenge - focus groups overview

Register your interest in contributing towards the Solent Research Challenge

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