Re:action winter 2016 - University of Southampton research and enterprise

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UK/Italy Springboard Developing business between Italy and the UK – a success worth emulating?

FortisNet Responding to healthcare technology challenges Introduction to Professor Mark Spearing The University’s new Vice-President (Research and Enterprise)

In this issue It gives me great pleasure to introduce this latest issue of Re:action, produced by colleagues in Research & Innovation Services, which highlights and explores our research and enterprise activities across the globe.


In this issue we celebrate our grant successes, particularly those from the European Union, where the impact of the recent referendum has yet to become apparent. In fact, there are positive signs that UK universities will continue to have access to research funding streams across Europe. Re:action also reflects on what it is that makes the University of Southampton great, examples of which are embodied by enterprise partnership successes such as FortisNet on page 6, and our work in Italy on page 4. Recognising the importance of the impact of our research is equally vital, which is evident in the piece on Public Policy on page 14. This is also timely advice, given that a consultation on the Stern recommendations will be launched soon, and the University’s response to this will help shape the next research excellence framework, REF 2021. I hope you find this issue informative. In particular, look out for some very important people – our rising stars and our established stars, and the personal journeys that have led them to achievement. And if you have ideas for items to include in future issues please contact Professor Mark Spearing Vice-President (Research and Enterprise)



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2 1 Developing business between Italy and the UK SETsquared’s long-term relationship with Italy has been cited by Government Ministers as a success worth emulating - but why? Page 4

2 Healthcare technology challenges Developments in assistive technologies are needed for people to live their lives to the fullest. Page 6

3 Introducing the University’s new Vice-President (R&E) Mark outlines his thoughts and key priorities for research and enterprise. Page 8

4 Promoting STEM subjects to girls Our academics are helping bridge the skills crisis facing UK companies. Page 12

3 Please send us your feedback We are keen to receive feedback about Re:action. If you have any ideas, comments or suggestions, please send them to

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UK/Italy Springboard Case study: Developing business between Italy and the UK – a SETsquared success worth emulating? Recognised by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation as an international success, SETsquared’s collaborations in Italy have recently been highlighted in a Universities UK International Innovation report (p.53). So what is so remarkable about SETsquared’s relationship with Italy that it is cited by Government Ministers as a success worth emulating?

Italian colleagues, an initiative that followed the financial crisis when Italian banks agreed to start new schemes to increase the strength of the private sector economy. And so began a rich, vibrant and multifaceted collaboration with Italy which continues to this day.

Developing student entrepreneurs

SETsquared’s relationship with UKTI, in association with Italy, has spanned two broad strands of activity. The first of these was a student entrepreneur training programme sponsored by the Italian banking SETsquared is the Enterprise collaboration of the universities of Southampton, Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Surrey. Its mission is to enable foundation, Fondazione CRT, which SETsquared delivered to 150 young Italian entrepreneurs. Following competitive rounds and a boot the partner universities to maximise the impact of their research, camp, 20 of those entrepreneurs were invited to the UK for a weeksupport high tech start-up companies and provide opportunities long SETsquared Entrepreneurial training module. for student enterprise. This involves building global links, open innovation, developing sophisticated Intellectual Property strategies Four of the Italian students have gone on to take up internships with and securing investment funds. SETsquared in Southampton, further cementing our Italian links, Having successfully implemented its UK/US Bridge Programme in the whilst an example of a business to emerge from this programme is Sherlock (bike locks), which exhibited at the SETsquared Investor United States, SETsquared searched for other business innovation event in London last year. David Bream, Southampton Head of the hotspots. The SETsquared team identified Northern Italy as one of SETsquared Programme, said: “This collaboration has been a huge Europe’s most productive areas for innovation. success in building networks and we continue to receive interest and At around the same time, the then UK Trade & Industry (UKTI is now involvement from Italy.” known as Department for International Trade, or DIT) approached SETsquared for help in running an entrepreneur programme with its

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Developing businesses The second strand of activity is aimed at businesses, and based on SETsquared’s own UK Springboard programme. SETsquared joined the judging panel for the UK-Italy Business Awards, run by the Italian office of UKTI to support business between the two countries. Being on the judging panel opened a series of networking opportunities, positioning SETsquared amongst highly influential people including Lord Green, the (then) Minister of State for Trade and Investment; Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Intellectual Property; the Chairman of Fujitsu Europe; and the then UKTI’s Managing Director . Participants in the UK-Italy Springboard programme which have successfully set up in the UK include – a social network for setting up football games, and – a queuing app, which is receiving business interest from around the world.

Success longevity SETsquared’s track record of supporting 1,000 high-tech startups and helping to raise over £1billion is testament to its role as an enthusiastic practitioner of the start-up mentality. Its influence in facilitating enterprise and new business creation in Northern Italy is reflected in the network of 150 Italian entrepreneurs, successful start-

up businesses choosing to base themselves in the UK, and SETsquared receiving an award from the UN Economic Commission in 2015. Just two of many examples of SETsquared’s influence is the UK visit from Adler Ortho specifically to explore interest in the FortisNet orthopaedic cluster [you can read about FortisNet’s success on page 6], and just last month the Italian bank, Intesa San Paolo, brought the first of many delegations of its customers to the UK, all of whom are actively looking to access UK innovation. It’s no wonder that the UK Government, seeking to drive growth through UK innovation and enterprise, is looking to experts in SETsquared for inspiration and expertise. N.B. In addition to the SETsquared Partnership, the UK Universities International Innovation report also features the University of Southampton EpiGen Global Research Consortium on page 38.

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FortisNet: responding to healthcare technology challenges The growing number of people with hard and soft tissue impairments, such as fractures, joint failure and limb loss, will be one of the greatest healthcare technology challenges of the coming decades. Globally, the number of diabetic amputations is rising – in the USA there are over 70,000 diabetes-related amputations each year; in India this figure is approximately 40,000, and in the UK 7,000. Major developments in assistive technologies are required to ensure people receive effective and targeted healthcare and are able to live their lives as fully as possible. There are similar issues surrounding frailty and conflict amputees. The Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS) is driving forward interdisciplinary research that will address these challenges with the recent launch of the pioneering FortisNet network. FortisNet brings together leading academics, industry experts and the end-users of research to develop a unique, collaborative, interdisciplinary network in musculoskeletal research. It was created following an IfLS-commissioned audit of life sciences enterprise that revealed a tremendous concentration of capability in regenerative medicine, orthopaedics, prosthetics and assistive technologies in the central south of England. FortisNet aims to bring together this expertise to develop a regional hub in musculoskeletal research, create jobs, attract new businesses and retain our skilled graduates within the region. IfLS Director Professor Peter JS Smith said: “At Southampton we recognise that to find solutions to the major problems facing our society today, we have to collaborate with experts from around the UK, and across the globe, to make a real difference. “With FortisNet we want to build on the skills we already have at Southampton to create an effective pipeline of product development for stronger, active bodies. We aim to develop a hub of expertise that will connect us with end-users, and other regional, national and international excellence in clinical practice, academic research and enterprise.”

Launched in January 2016, FortisNet has already attracted a wide range of members from across academia and industry and has been working closely with Local Enterprise Partnerships, councils and commercialisation experts to ensure that the clinical needs of end-users are driving academic research and enterprise opportunities into usable, beneficial, effective products. FortisNet is already making an impact. Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow and IfLS Member Dr Alex Dickinson is working with colleagues, Drs Peter Worsley, Maggie Donovan-Hall and Cheryl Metcalf in Health Sciences, to investigate the potential of their research being used in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Thanks to support from FortisNet, the team has been awarded EPSRC Global Challenges Research Funding to explore how they could enable clinical services to take imaging technology to remote communities. Alex said, “We have developed techniques to extract information from the scans of a patient’s residual limb that let us measure how the limb shape changes over time, and produce design tools to ensure prosthetics last a lot longer and are more comfortable for the wearer. This funding will allow us to produce a proof of concept that could be used by industry to take this technology out to people in LMICs who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access prosthetic clinics.”

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Introduction to Professor Mark Spearing Introducing the University’s new Vice-President (Research and Enterprise), Professor Mark Spearing Professor Spearing has been in post since early October this year. His first task has been to establish where he can add value to the University’s new Research and Enterprise Strategy that he is now in the final stages of developing, and which, crucially, supports the University’s 10 Year Plan. What Mark makes clear at every opportunity, is that University people are at the centre of his plans. “Our people are our biggest strength” he says. “I want us to be able to highlight all the accomplished researchers who are helping make a difference both to our research and to our education. We attract people with huge potential here and it is our job to ensure those people are supported in every way to achieve their potential in the fastest time possible.”

Research and education are of equal significance He is also keen to stress that high quality education goes hand in hand with high quality research. For example, Mark explains: “An inspirational educator will attract the best future researchers, and a brilliant researcher will possess the communications skills necessary to translate the significance of that research into a clear and concise message for the wider public.” Mark is convinced that developing our people is also key to strengthening our research and enterprise activities. He is passionate about the University as a ‘melting pot’ of academia and enterprise, and is keen we look to maximise the chances of interdisciplinary working across the University.


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If you increase the chances of people bumping into each other on campus, you increase the chances of sparking those first ideas for working together over a quick coffee or sandwich break

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Enterprise ecosystem

The University is already excellent at enterprise in all its many forms, as the statistics and rankings consistently reveal. It is Mark’s belief that we need to enhance the effectiveness of our strong enterprise ecosystem by strengthening the interface between our professional services and research and enterprise activity, and move towards a more collective view of University enterprise. To that end, the University’s Research and Enterprise Strategy is almost complete, and will be shared with colleagues in due course. Mark also hopes to expand on the detail in the Spring issue of Re:action next year. We wish him the very best in his new role and look forward to a successful future for our research and enterprise activities.

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Rising star:

Dr Joshua Pollard

Dr Joshua Pollard, Reader in Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities “Your research interests can induce a drug-like addiction, and that’s certainly true for most archaeologists, myself included. The current pace of discovery and knowledge gain within the subject is remarkable. “Much of my research has focussed on understanding the outcomes of one of the greatest transformations in human global history – the shift to agriculture as a primary means of food production (in Europe a period referred to as the Neolithic). This was not just a change in economy, but one that brought about new kinds of relations between people and the world. Close to Southampton we have remarkable evidence of this in the earthwork and megalithic monuments at Stonehenge and Avebury.


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“Currently, I’m heading an AHRC-funded project investigating the dynamics of settlement and monument building in the Avebury World Heritage Site. Ultimately, we want to understand what drove people to engage in the costly and high-risk business of creating these great structures.” Dr Joshua Pollard Reader in Archaeology, Secretary of the Prehistoric Society and the UK editor of the Journal of Social Archaeology.

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IT Innovation Centre secures over €4million of European funding Applied IT research and development at the University of Southampton has received a huge European boost with a haul of seven grant wins worth over €4million in the latest Horizon2020 ICT funding call. The projects bring together a number of academic units from across the University including Web and Internet Science, the Web Science Institute, the Institute for Law and the Web, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy.

The multitude of projects receiving funding, spearheaded by The IT Innovation Centre , support the IT Innovation Centre’s key objective of applying new technologies from the research community to problems in industry and commerce.

The projects: â DataPitch aims to plug the gap in Europe-wide data innovation ecosystems by bringing together data owners and Big Data technology providers with startups and SMEs. â Fed4FIREplus includes data management tasks developing strategies, risk models and tooling for long-term data preservation. â Transforming Transport is looking to show how the use of Big Data can significantly increase operational efficiency, improve customer experience and foster new business models. â RESTASSURED will provide novel mechanisms and cloud architectures for detecting, predicting and preventing data protection violations at run-time.

â The FLAME project is developing an experimental platform that brings together technology, creative sectors and consumers to support the development of media applications and services. â HUB4FIRE is looking to transform the current Future Internet Research and Experimentation structures into the future FIRE2020 platform in Europe. â SHIELD looks at the exchange of health information across and within borders.

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Feature website:, one of the participants in the UK-Italy Springboard programme (see page 5), is a Social Sport Sharing Platform with one of the most active sports communities in Europe. Connecting players, matches and sports centres in the same area, this social network allows anyone to sign up for free and organise matches or participate in matches that have been organised by someone else.

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Academics recognised for actively promoting STEM subjects to girls and women The campaign group WISE (Women in Science, Technology and Engineering) has warned that the UK’s key growth industries risk stalling unless the country tackles the loss of 50,000 talented girls a year from science, technology and engineering jobs. British companies face a massive skills crisis in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) of 69,000 recruits a year, while 93 per cent of girls who have great potential face a lifetime of low pay and limited prospects because they do not pursue qualifications for these technology-based industries, claims the group. The campaign’s mission is to get one million more women in the UK STEM workforce. The WISE Awards is an annual event to recognise inspiring organisations and individuals actively addressing this core concern.

teenagers and teachers with the science explaining how lifestyle choices at an early age drastically affects future health and the health of their future children, a particularly important message for adolescent girls. A successful research scientist with a PhD in Human Genetics, Kathryn retrained as a secondary school teacher, consolidating her interest in Science, Scientific education and Scientific literacy and has been instrumental in driving forward the LifeLab initiative.

Presenting this year’s Awards in November, HRH The Princess Royal, said: “Technology is transforming the world of work. If we want girls Two of our Southampton academics are helping to address these issues to have the best possible futures in these careers, we need to make sure and were recognised in the recent WISE Awards for their achievements. they have the skills and qualifications required. More importantly, if we want the best possible future for our country, we need to be using the The Faculty of Medicine’s Dr Ying Cheong, Professor in Reproductive talents of the whole population.” Medicine, was named winner of the WISE Tech Start-Up Award. According to the WISE research, published in October 2016, girls Dr Cheong founded the Complete Fertility Centre Southampton at the outperform boys in GCSE science subjects, with near equality in Princess Anne Hospital in 2011 which now treats hundreds of patients numbers taking these exams. This plummets to just 33 per cent of with fertility problems. In 2016 Ying then founded VivoPlex with her females after GCSEs and by university, just seven per cent of women co-workers, a company which combined technical and clinical expertise take degrees in technology and engineering. to develop advanced miniaturized biometric sensors for advance WISE chief executive, Helen Wollaston, is calling on the Government, monitoring of the environment within the womb. media and schools to work together with WISE to bring an end to the Ying’s research interest centres around understanding the biology of crisis of these missing minds by showing STEM careers can transform the womb. She works closely with collaborators across disciplines in the lives of young women and fuel the economy. the School of Electronics, Computer Science and Nanoscience within the University in the development of nano-therapeutics and medical biosensors, and has multinational collaborators in Europe, China and For more information visit the Far East. Dr Kathryn Woods-Townsend, Life-Lab Project Manager in the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences in Southampton Education School, was named as a WISE Impact Award finalist. LifeLab is an innovative educational intervention, actively engaging

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Research Influencing Public Policy From new mechanisms for public bodies to consult citizens, to the rights of women during pregnancy, and where to target investments in disease prevention, University of Southampton researchers are bringing research evidence and expertise to help shape regional, national and international policy. Bringing evidence into policy-making is not always a straight-forward process. Public Policy|Southampton is a small unit supporting researchers across all the different Faculties and disciplines in the University. Often directly costed into research grants, the team helps build a policy engagement strategy, mapping out key policy stakeholders and identifying how best to inform them of the research and its policy implications. They help researchers prepare policy briefs and build up relationships with policy-makers. The team has recently worked with Professor Will Jennings, Head of Politics & International Relations, to trial a new form of public consultation – a citizen’s assembly – on the issue of devolution in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Professor Jennings was helped by the team to share findings from the trial with Hampshire County Council. The work has led to further meetings with the Council, and some early discussions on developing a wider partnership between the University and the Council on a range of policy issues. Public Policy|Southampton has also supported Dr Elselijn Kingma, Associate Professor in Philosophy, in engaging with the Dutch government about the rights of women during pregnancy. The team helped Dr Kingma develop an engagement strategy, identify key stakeholders, and produce a policy briefing. Dr Kingma’s successful engagement in the Netherlands led to her work being discussed in the Dutch Parliament, and she was invited to meet senior civil servants at the Department of Health to discuss her policy brief. Dr Michael Head and colleagues in Medicine have developed a detailed analysis of research investments into infectious diseases by UK funding bodies. Combining multiple data sources and with new tools they have developed, assessments can be made of the relative balance of R&D alongside the global burdens and geography of infectious diseases. Public Policy|Southampton worked with Dr Head to identify the key national and international stakeholders – World Health Organisation,


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government departments, funding agencies, etc – and to present the data and the tools at three workshops in London, Brussels and Geneva. When fully developed, this project could provide a key input into the assessment of future funding priorities. “Government departments, public bodies and Parliament have always sought evidence and expertise from universities like Southampton,” says Gavin Costigan, Director of Public Policy|Southampton. “With recent cuts to the civil service following the last recession, and all the new challenges associated with Brexit, this need in the public sector will grow. It’s a great time to be involved in policy-related research.”

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There can be a disconnect between policy-makers and researchers. They have different drivers, different assumptions and in some cases almost a different language. But our researchers want to change the world for the better, to see benefits arising from their work, and policy-makers want to develop the most effective policy using the best evidence and expertise. Our job is to help bridge that gap.

Gavin Costigan Director Public Policy|Southampton

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Pioneering SETsquared company joined Prime Minister for India trade trip Cutting-edge SETsquared start up technology company, NquiringMinds, was chosen to travel to India earlier in November as part of Prime Minister Theresa May’s first trade trip. NquiringMinds is a pioneer in AI powered analytics and the futuristic internet of things technology, which links everyday objects and appliances into the web. And it is using its expertise in the move towards so-called smart cities, where technology is harnessed to make urban life easier and more efficient.

environments. Harnessing the power of technology and the internet is vital for the future of British prosperity. And I am delighted I will be able to help NquiringMinds seek new opportunities for its business in one of the world’s fastest growing markets.”

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “NquiringMinds is doing really exciting work through the internet of things to transform urban

NquiringMinds joined 30 other small and medium sized firms in seeking new business on the trip to one of the world’s biggest economies.

Dr Nick Allott, CEO of NquiringMinds said: “I was honoured to be selected for the India trade delegation. We believe the technologies The firm, which is based in the University of Southampton Science Park, was part of a delegation fronted by Theresa May to show off the we have been deploying with UK cities could help transform India’s best of British small and medium sized companies to Indian investors. urbanisation program.”


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The visit included South Asia’s largest tech fair. The UK-India TECH Summit was hosted in New Delhi by the Prime Minister and her Indian counterpart. It is designed to help boost hi-tech trade between India and the UK.

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Media highlights 1. Dr David Kinnison, a chemistry safety adviser, gave expert comment to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about controlled explosions carried out in schools after A-level chemistry chemicals were stored incorrectly. Dr Kinnison was also interviewed by BBC Breakfast TV and BBC News 24 and his comments appeared in The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. 2. Professor Jim Scanlan and our UAV work featured on Channel 5’s The Gadget Show. They came and looked at our UAV facilities and in particular our 3D printed plane. 3. The University of Southampton and Plasma App Ltd. are collaborating on a one-year, £150k feasibility study to explore novel thin film coating technology and applications. The news has been covered by Electronics and Photonics.


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4. News of Southampton research using jellyfish to check for food fraud, led by Dr Clive Trueman and PhD student Katie St. John Glew, has been widely covered by the media. Clive Trueman gave interviews to BBC TV South, BBC Radio Solent and That’s Solent TV and further coverage appeared in New Food magazine, Food Navigator USA and Food Quality News. 5. Our research showed that replacing registered nurses with lower skilled nurses increases the risk of patient mortality. The study was widely covered by the media including BBC News online, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Nursing Times.



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Events for the diary ENGAGE Christmas Lecture: Genomics: The Moral Maze

16:3o – 19:oo, Wednesday 7 December, Innovation Centre Conference Suite, Southampton Science Park It is now over a decade since the human genome was first sequenced and recent developments have further revolutionised our ability to edit our genomes, with a widerange of potential medical applications. There is no question that this has sparked huge advances in medicine and research, but it’s also one of the most morally contentious topics of our generation. Buy a ticket to hear Keith Fox, Professor of Biochemistry in the Centre for Biological Science and Associate Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, explore this fascinating moral maze.

Total Competition - Lessons from Formula One: Lecture by former team principal, Ross Brawn OBE

18:oo – 19:oo, Wednesday 7 December, The Turner Sims, Highfield Campus The University of Southampton and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution hold one of the most prestigious Annual Lectures at the University campus as part of our Advanced Technology Partnership. From the intensely competitive world of Formula One, the talk, by eminent speaker Ross Brawn OBE, will take a look at the differences between success and failure, strategy, teamwork, managing complex challenges and leadership. Registration is essential.

Engagement lunch with Max Toti

NEXUS global challenges - the road to success

12:3o – 14:oo, Thursday 8 December, Hartley Suite, Staff Club (Building 38), Highfield Campus

11:oo – 14:oo, Monday 3o January 2o17, Senate Room, Building 37, Highfield Campus

Join Future Worlds Mentor Max Toti for the latest in a series of engagement lunches hosted jointly by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services. Max is the Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer of the Captec Group, a Visiting Professor in Southampton and an alumnus in Electronics and Computer Science and will speaking on: ‘Startup to £100m IPO - how to get there - highlights of a work in progress’.

Robert Nicholls, Professor of Coastal Engineering within Engineering and the Environment at the University, will ask what practical steps can we take to bring to prominent awareness, the discussion around the crucial challenges posed by the highly interconnected interdependencies between water, energy and food security.

WESSEX AHSN Health Innovation Programme 2017

9 – 1o February 2o17, University of Southampton Science Park This programme is an intensive three day course open to healthcare professionals, health and life science academics and small businesses. It is focused on innovators with a clear business proposition or an innovative idea that has application in the health sector.

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Engagement lunch with Dr Malcom Skingle CBE (GSK)

Monday 13 February, Hartley Suite, Staff Club (Building 38), Highfield Campus Join Dr Malcom Skingle from GSK in a series of engagement lunches hosted by Research and Innovation Services and sponsored by ESRC. Malcolm is director of Academic Liaison at GSK and has more than 35 years’ experience working in the pharmaceutical industry. This seminar aims to facilitate discussion on the role of social science research in addressing healthcare issues. For more information email

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News in brief BAE Systems strategic partnership

Impact tools

The University and BAE Systems have signed a strategic framework agreement to strengthen their long-term relationship in research, education and consultancy.

A new online Impact Toolkit has been launched to help and support researchers across the University in understanding, measuring, recording and maximising impact.

Southampton is one of the first universities to sign such an agreement, as BAE Systems reviews its university partnerships strategy to work more closely with a number of institutions with shared expertise.

As part of the Researcher Portal, set up by the University’s Research & Innovation Services team, the new toolkit aims to cover the basics of impact, how to plan and deliver impact, and finally how to measure and document it.

The framework more closely aligns the University’s world-leading expertise with BAE Systems, which provides some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defense, aerospace and security solutions.

Impact Framework Manager, Stephen Kemp, who has worked with academics and researchers across the University to create it, said: “Our Toolkit provides a grounding in impact to those who haven’t encountered the concept before. For those who know what impact is, it will help them maximise their efforts and, lastly, it can help those who’ve already achieved some impact to track and measure this.”

The University and BAE Systems have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for many years, including a number of successful collaborations and research projects. These include the highly successful and award-winning research projects ALADDIN, focusing on disaster recovery and ORCHID, centred around the development of Human Agent Collectives.


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IAA news

MENSUS Industry Showcase

Welcome to Professor Daniel Muijs as the new Chair of the ESRC IAA who replaces Professor Graham Moon.

The University’s newest USRG, MENSUS (Monitoring of Engineered and Natural Systems Using Sensors), welcomed over 100 guests from Industry, Government funding bodies, and academia last month to put this new enterprise on the map and establish further alignment between MENSUS activity and industry need.

A series of stakeholder engagement lunchtime seminars, supported by the ESRC IAA, will run in Spring/Summer 2017 (more details to follow).

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The showcase included a plenary session introducing the ideas around sensing themes, a tour of the Clean Rooms and Engineering Facilities and sessions exploring both sensing systems and subsequent big data and analytics. Discussions are already underway for more targeted workshops on specific themes within MENSUS to build momentum for the setup of a proposed national centre in three years’ time.

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Funding news Faculty of Engineering and the Environment Professor Charles Banks; Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science Process optimisation of Africa’s first commercial grid connected AD plant BBSRC, £5,095 over five months

Dr Katherine Plant; Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science Improving hospital storeroom usability The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, £6,988 over 12 months Dr Charlie Ryan; Aeronautics, Astronautics and Computational Engineering NSTP2 Phase 2: 1 N HTP thruster qualification UK Space Agency, £72,084 over 12 months

Dr Simon Blainey; Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science SMArt CitIES Network for Sustainable Urban Futures (SMARTIES Net) Professor Tiina Roose; Engineering Sciences Real-time in situ sensing of soil nitrogen status to promote enhanced RCUK, £2,848 over 12 months nitrogen use efficiency in agricultural systems Dr Dario Carugo; Engineering Sciences BBSRC, £177,438 over 36 months UltraStem - An ultrasonic toolbox for on-demand modulation of stem Professor Neil D Sandham; Aeronautics, Astronautics and cell fate Computational Engineering Wessex Medical Trust, £19,845 over 24 months ExaFLOW: Enabling Exascale Fluid Dynamics Simulations Professor Andrew Cruden; Engineering Sciences European Commission, £226,287 over 36 months Joint UK-India Clean Energy Centre (JUICE) Dr Rodney Self; Institute of Sound and Vibration Research EPSRC, £295,973 over 48 months ACAPELLA Dr Andrea Da Ronch; Aeronautics, Astronautics and Technology Strategy Board, £2,699,722 over 45 months Computational Engineering Professor David Simpson; Institute of Sound and Vibration A Da Ronch - EPSRC First Grant Research EPSRC, £97,817 over 24 months Reducing mortality and morbidity after stroke: optimising patient Dr Alex Dickinson; Engineering Sciences management based on blood flow control Fitting Prosthetic Limbs in the Developing World EPSRC, £47,569 over nine months EPSRC, £48,023 over eight months Professor Ian Sinclair; Engineering Sciences Dr Sonia Heaven; Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering H2020 MARIE CURIE ITN ‘FibreMoD, Fibre break models for and Science designing novel composite microstructures and applications’ Evaluating the feasibility of fish waste co-digestion with MSW European Commission, £218,630 over 48 months in Stornoway Professor Stephen R Turnock; Civil, Maritime and Environmental BBSRC, £20,000 over six months Engineering and Science Dr Steven Johnston; Aeronautics, Astronautics and EIS Framework extension Computational Engineering UK Sport, £40,233 over eight months FRuIT: The Federated RaspberryPi Micro-Infrastructure Testbed Dr Christina Vanderwel; Aeronautics, Astronautics and EPSRC, £206,612 over 24 months Computational Engineering Dr Denis Kramer; Engineering Sciences Measurement of concentration fluxes in turbulent flows in Photonic electrocatalysts for solar energy harvesting the laboratory - Towards understanding the mechanisms EPSRC, £48,635 over eight months of pollution dispersion Professor Terence G Langdon; Engineering Sciences Royal Society, £15,000 over 12 months Mechanisms of creep and fracture toughness of ultrafine-grained Dr Shuncai Wang; Engineering Sciences Ti-6Al-4V alloy Self-cleaning for sustainable engineering Royal Society, £11,995 over 24 months EPSRC, £52,890 over nine months Professor Timothy Leighton; Institute of Sound and Vibration Research Metrology for modern hearing assessment and protecting public health from emerging noise sources European Commission, €143,625 over 36 months


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This selection of awards demonstrates the breadth of funding secured by our academics across the University.

Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr Lee Walters; Philosophy BA Mid-Career Fellowship: The Metaphysics of Repeatable Artworks British Academy, £85,156 over 12 months

Professor Jo Adams; Faculty of Health Sciences The effects of compression gloves for people with rheumatoid or early Dr Francis Wenban-Smith; Archaeology inflammatory arthritis with hand pain Baker’s Hole Palaeolithic Site: Post-excavation Analysis phase 2 NIHR, £7,464 over 30 months Historic England, £27,606 over 10 months Professor Jackie Bridges; Faculty of Health Sciences Dr Francis Wenban-Smith; Archaeology Underserved and Overlooked: Investigating the management of Baker’s Hole Palaeolithic Site: Post-excavation Analysis phase 1 refusal of care in people with dementia admitted to hospital with an Historic England, £8,887 over seven months acute condition NIHR, £12,687 over 30 months Dr Lynn Calman; Faculty of Health Sciences Peer support to maintain psychological wellbeing in people with advanced cancer: a feasibility study for a Randomised Controlled Trial (PACT) NIHR, £5,267 over 36 months Dr Maggie Donovan-Hall; Faculty of Health Sciences An embedded Qualitative study with a feasibility RCT to explore the effectiveness of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) in Parkinson’s Disease NIHR, £22,484 over 30 months

Faculty of Humanities Dr Giulia Felappi; Philosophy Loving, wondering and knowing: our mental life and all its aspects British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, £8,200 over 16 months Dr Richard Polfreman; Music Capturing the Contemporary Conductor British Academy, £9,949 over 21 months Dr Joshua Pollard; Archaeology Living with Monuments: life and cultural landscape between the 4th and 2nd millennia BC in the Avebury region, Wiltshire AHRC, £451,862 over 60 months (of £780,831 total award) Dr Alison Porter (Co-I for partnership between universities of Oxford, Reading and Southampton); Modern Languages Developing the teaching of reading in Modern Foreign Languages: Can instruction in phonics and reading strategies improve students’ progress and motivation in Key Stage 3? Nuffield Foundation, £167,070 (total award) over 18 months Dr Ferréol Salomon; Archaeology Geoarchaeology of the Akrotiri Peninsula, Cyprus Honor Frost Foundation, £10,000 over 10 months Dr Fraser Sturt; Archaeology Resolution and Reason: evaluating underwater 3D data capture for archaeology Honor Frost Foundation, £9,812 over 13 months

Faculty of Medicine

Professor Syed Hasan Arshad; Clinical and Experimental Sciences To study whether freezing and thawing a prawn paste will still contain prawn allergen AAIR Charity, £8,937 over 12 months Professor Christopher Byrne; Human Development and Health Cardiovascular outcomes in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, insulin resistance and obesity MRC, £10,000 over 11 months Dr Ying Cheong; Human Development and Health The use of endometrial scratch for women undergoing first time IVF NIHR, £18,151 over 48 months Dr Tristan Clark; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Evaluating the impact of a molecular point-of-care test and treat strategy for influenza in hospitalised adults NIHR Post Doctoral fellowship, £545,548 over 48 months Professor Ian Clarke; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Saturation Transposon mutagenesis of Chlamydia trachomatis Wellcome Trust, £357,783 over 36 months Dr Simon Crabb; Cancer Sciences Alliance with Plexxikon: A phase Ib/IIa trial to combine the CSF1 receptor inhibitor PLX3397 with the new generation AR antagonist enzalutamide in metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer Cancer Research UK, £149,832 over 42 months (with additional funding from a commercial partner as part of the ECMC combinations alliance) Professor Donna Davies; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Investigation of the epithelial-mesenchymal trophic unit (EMTU) in lung fibrosis Medical Research Foundation, £268,173 over 36 months (fellowship award to Dr Franco Conforti) Professor Donna Davies; Clinical and Experimental Sciences The Role of CDHR3 in epithelial barrier function in asthma AAIR Charity, £9,934 over four months

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Funding news Dr Sandi Dheensa; Clinical Ethics and Law (CELS) Using digital health to facilitate the clinical integration of wholegenome sequencing Wessex Medical Trust, £17,600 over 24 months

Professor Christian Ottensmeier; Cancer Sciences Progress in Vaccination against Cancer (PIVAC16) aims to bring together translational and clinical oncologists and immunologists dealing with active vaccination against cancer for three days of presentations on the most recent advances in the field Cancer Research UK, £2,500 over four months

Professor Paul Elkington; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Michaela Reichman Fellowship – Studying tuberculosis in 3 dimensions to identify new treatment approaches Professor Graham Packham; Cancer Sciences Rosetrees Trust, £73,504 over 36 months B-cell receptor signalling in B –cell malignancies: identifying strategies for optimal therapeutic intervention based on common and Associate Professor Nigel Hall; Human Development and Health distinct responses CONservative TReatment of Appendicitis in Children (CONTRACT) Bloodwise, £60,610 over 12 months NIHR, £266,020 over 28 months Dr J Arjuna Ratnayaka; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Professor David Kingdon; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Exploitation of a powerful Alzheimer’s disease mouse model to study Volunteering in Mental Health Care for People with Psychosis retinal degeneration (VOLUME) – Retrospective National Eye Research Centre, £9,999 over 12 months NIHR, £10,631 over 48 months Professor Robert Read; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Professor Rohan Lewis; Human Development and Health PERISCOPE (PERtussIS COrrelates of Protection Europe) Blood Flow (dys) Regulation and Transfer Function in the European Commission, £2,180,874 over 60 months Human Placenta MRC, £11,894 over 36 months Professor Robert Read; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Experimental Human Challenge with Genetically Modified Dr Geraldine Leydon (Co-I for UCL-led PI); Primary Care and Commensals to Investigate Respiratory Tract Mucosal Immunity Population Sciences and Colonisation Harnessing resources from the internet (HaRI) MRC, £1,202,567 over 42 months NIHR, £13,796 over 24 months Professor Robert Read; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Professor Joanne Lord; Wessex Institute Defining the immune response to nasopharyngeal colonisation by the A Randomised controlled trial of a duodenal sleeve bypass device commensal Neissaria lactamica (Endobarrier) compared with standard medical therapy for the Wellcome Trust, £298,900 over 36 months management of obese subjects with type 2 diabetes NIHR, £17,829 over 30 months Professor Robert Read; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Understanding the Biology of Neisseria cinerea for the prevention of Professor Joanne Lord; Wessex Institute Meningococcal disease Catheter Ablation Versus Thoracoscopic Surgical Ablation in Treating Meningitis UK, £20,000 over 24 months Long Standing Persistent Atrial Fibrillation (CASA-AF) NIHR, £96,585 over 48 months Professor Robert Read; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Antibiotic Reduction and Conservation in Hospitals (ARKHospital) Professor Andrew Lotery; Clinical and Experimental Sciences NIHR, £19,877 over 60 months Clinical efficacy and mechanistic evaluation of Eplerenone for central serous chorio-retinopathy: the VICI Study Professor Paul Roderick; Primary Care and Population Sciences NIHR EME, £88,083 over 36 months (of £808,286 total award) Evaluating the impact of an electronic acute kidney injury alert system based on a clinical prediction rule in general medical patients Professor Andrew Lotery; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, £30,357 over Alternative treatments to inhibit VFGF in age-related choroidal 20 months neovascularisation (IVAN) Follow-Up Study NIHR HTA, £4,144 over 18 months (of £302,158 total award) Dr Matthew Rose-Zerilli; Cancer Sciences Single-cell profiling of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia to Professor Michael Moore; Primary Care and Population Sciences understand cancer intra-tumoural heterogeneity and evolution SPCR Pelargonium for acute lower respiratory tract infection John Goldman Fellowship for Future Science. Leuka, £77,941 over NIHR, £500,875 over 24 months 24 months Professor Michael Moore; Primary Care and Population Sciences NIHR SPRC UTI study collaboration with Oxford NIHR, £4,031 over 12 months


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This selection of awards demonstrates the breadth of funding secured by our academics across the University.

Dr Tilman Sanchez-Elsner; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Tumour-derived MicroRNA control of macrophages in the immune response to human lung tumours Cancer Research UK, £284,380 over 36 months

Professor Bill Keevil; Biological Sciences Investigating the antimicrobial properties of copper infused fabrics BBSRC/Copper Clothing Ltd, £15,000 over six months

Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Dr Giuseppe Pileio; Chemistry Singlet-Diffusion-NMR to probe translational dynamics in porous media EPSRC, £100,978 over 18 months

Dr Seung Seo Lee; Chemistry Dr Julia Sinclair; Clinical and Experimental Sciences Mental Health The first-in-class antimicrobial agents without causing drug resistance 2015 MRC-KHIDI UK-Korea Partnering Awards, £20,000 over 11 months Group MRI study investigating young people (ages 18-25) with alcohol use Dr Russell Minns; Chemistry disorders, depression and ADHD Next Generation Probes of Chemical Dynamics at the few European Commission, £332,933 over 24 months femtosecond limit Royal Society, £274,806 over 36 months Professor Mike Thomas; Primary Care and Population Sciences At Risk Registers integrated into primary care to Stop Asthma crises in Dr Amritpal Mudher; Biological Sciences the UK (ARRISA-UK) AlzDiabetes - EU H2020 MSCA IF NIHR, £13,528 over 48 months European Commission, £146,764 over 24 months

Professor Philip Bartlett; Chemistry ADEPT - Advanced Devices by ElectroPlaTing EPSRC, £5,275,442 over 60 months Professor Andrew Cundy; Ocean and Earth Science Knowledge Transfer Partnership: To embed material characterisation, empirical experimentation and modelling expertise to facilitate the development of scalable high-grade cold storage solutions for liquid air energy storage Technology Strategy Board, £1,130 over 24 months Dr Nullin Divecha; Biological Sciences Investigating how PIP4K regulates TAF3 to control myogenic differentiation BBSRC, £570,736 over 36 months Professor Philip Gale; Chemistry S Coles - NCS renewal extension 2016 EPSRC, £283,882 over six months Dr Nuria Garcia-Araez; Chemistry Fundamental developments of lithium-oxygen and lithium-sulphur batteries by using redox mediators EPSRC, £868,532 over 60 months Dr Stephen Goldup; Chemistry New Rotaxane Sensors for High-Throughput Reaction Analysis Royal Society, £9,800 over 24 months Dr Ivan Haigh; Ocean and Earth Science Earliest detection of sea level rise accelerations to inform planning and implementation time to upgrade/replace the Thames Barrier NERC, £88,508 over 12 months Professor Brian Hayden; Chemistry Lead Niobate-based Tunable Dielectrics for Smart Microwave and Millimeterwave Systems EPSRC, £849,965 over 42 months

Dr Giuseppe Pileio; Chemistry HyperStore: Singlet states and supercritical fluids for storage and transport of hyperpolarised spin order EPSRC, £556,940 over 36 months Dr Marcin Przewloka; Biological Sciences The assembly and regulation of kinetochores in human nontransformed and cancer cells Royal Society Research Grant, £14,896 over 12 months Professor Gill Reid; Chemistry Selective Chemical Vapour Deposition for Production of Thermoelectric Micro-Generators for Energy Harvesting Science And Technology Facilities Council, £363,110 over 36 months Dr Hannah Siddle; Biological Sciences Determining the mechanism of resistance to squirrel poxvirus in a native red squirrel population Royal Society, £12,000 over 12 months Dr Jake Snaddon; Biological Sciences BEFTA - El Nino NERC, £64,542 over 18 months Professor Toby Tyrrell; Ocean and Earth Science An unexpected requirement for silicon in coccolithophore calcification: ecological and evolutionary implications NERC, £8,010 over 36 months Dr Yihua Wang; Biological Sciences Role of autophagy in oncogenic RAS-induced invasive behaviour Royal Society, £15,000 over 12 months Professor Richard Whitby; Chemistry Dial-a-Molecule Grand Challenge Network, Phase III EPSRC, £236,269 over 36 months

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Funding news Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering Professor Gilberto Brambilla; Optoelectronics Research Centre Printed fibres for virus detection EPSRC, £36,461 over seven months Professor Michael Butler; Electronics and Computer Science H2020 - ENABLE-S3 - ECSEL-2015-1-RIA European Commission, £235,457 over 36 months Professor Michael Butler; Electronics and Computer Science SECT-AIR Software Engineering Cost and Timescales - Aerospace Initiative for Reduction Technology Strategy Board, £199,291 over 36 months Dr Corin Gawith; Optoelectronics Research Centre Dengue Tech Challenge 2016 British Council, £156,149 over 24 months Professor Daniel Hewak; Optoelectronics Research Centre Feasibility of a novel low cost technique to deposit chalcogenides Technology Strategy Board, £20,081 over 12 months

Professor Anna Peacock; Optoelectronics Research Centre Integrated nonlinear silicon photonics EPSRC, £1,150,136 over 60 months Professor Alberto Politi; Physics and Astronomy EPSRC First - Alberto Politi EPSRC, £90,699 over 12 months Professor David Richardson; Optoelectronics Research Centre H2020 AMUSIC European Commission, £141,634 over 24 months Professor David Richardson; Optoelectronics Research Centre Energy Resilient Manufacturing 2 EPSRC, £417,148 over 36 months Dr Edward Rogers; Optoelectronics Research Centre and Institute for Life Sciences Quantifying neuronal changes during age-related hearing loss with polarisation-contrast imaging Wessex Medical Research, £29,471 over seven months

Professor Malgosia Kaczmarek; Physics and Astronomy Multi-control parameter analyser of liquid crystals Royal Society Paul Instrument Fund 2015, £74,667 over 18 months

Dr Luca Sapienza; Physics and Astronomy An Atomic Force Microscopy study of buried InAs/GaAs quantum-dot single-photon sources EPSRC, £17,872 over 14 months

Professor Malgosia Kaczmarek; Physics and Astronomy Photosensitive and photoconductive polymer-liquid crystal systems Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL), £37,217 over 12 months

Dr Elena Simperl; Electronics and Computer Science H2020 ICT-2016 DataPitch European Commission, £922,064 over 36 months

Professor Ian McHardy, Physics and Astronomy Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow The origin of UV/optical variability in AGN and the structure of accretion discs Royal Society, £44,568 over 12 months Professor Hywel Morgan; Electronics and Computer Science Quantification and Viability of “Indicator” E. coli by Lab on a Chip Isothermal Nucleic Acid Amplification for Biosecurity in Sustainable Aquaculture BBSRC, £17,437 over 24 months (of £308,440 total grant with the National Oceanography Centre) Dr Marcus Newton; Physics and Astronomy Portable Vibrational Energy Harvesting Devices based on Low Cost Environment Friendly Materials EPSRC Global Challenge Research Fund, £13,660 over nine months Dr Marcus Newton; Physics and Astronomy Nanoscale Piezoelectric Materials for Energy Harvesting EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account, £10,000 over eight months Professor Johan Nilsson; Optoelectronics Research Centre Fibre-laser pumped diamond Raman lasers EPSRC, £659,484 over 36 months


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Dr Elena Simperl; Electronics and Computer Science H2020 - ICT 14 - 2016-2017 - QROWD European Commission, £521,203 over 36 months Professor Peter Smith and Dr Corin Gawith; Optoelectronics Research Centre Quantum Waveguides for Indistinguishable Single Photon Sources 2 (QWISPS-2) Technology Strategy Board, £88,820 over 12 months Dr David Thomson; Optoelectronics Research Centre Computing at the speed of light Royal Society, £476,175 over 60 months Professor Alun Vaughan; Electronics and Computer Science NanocompEIM Phase 2 - Nanocomposite Advanced Electrical Insulation Systems for Enhanced HVAC and HVDC Energy Networks Innovate UK/EPSRC, £375,707 over 30 months

This selection of awards demonstrates the breadth of funding secured by our academics across the University.

Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences Professor Nils Andersson; Mathematical Sciences (in collaboration with Princeton University) Type I bursts in 3D European Commission, £201,486 over 36 months Dr Felicity Bishop; Psychology Research Capability Funding Solent NHS Trust, £25,819 over seven months Professor Jane Falkingham; Social Sciences CPC II UK in a Changing Europe Additional Activity ESRC, £183,101 over six months Dr Rebekah Luff; Social Sciences A ladder to success? Understanding access to, and the value of, apprenticeships in care homes. The Abbeyfield Society, £13,850 over 12 months Dr Darja Reuschke; Geography and Environment H2020-ERC-2014-STG- WORKANDHOME European Commission, £976,245 over 50 months Mr Jason Sadler; Geography and Environment icoasst data and model delivery through the Channel Coastal Observatory Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, £60,000 over 12 months Professor Andrew Tatem; Geography and Environment High resolution global mapping of women of childbearing age, pregnancies and births for Zika burden estimation Wellcome Trust, £309,825 over 24 months Dr John Charles Walker; Social Sciences Young people leaving care in the Russian Federation British Academy, £9,990 over 23 months Professor Lucy Yardley; Psychology Reduce Study Programme Development Grant (Notts Lead) NIHR, £41,024 over 15 months Professor Lucy Yardley; Psychology Research Capability Funding Solent NHS Trust, £23,918 over nine months

This list encompasses a selection of awards logged with University of Southampton Finance from June - September 2016 that are considered non-commercially sensitive.

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