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The Zepler Institute (ZI) is a research-intensive School within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. It consists of one of Europe's premier cleanroom facilities housing a unique range of photonics and fabrication capabilities, while also being home to the world-leading Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC).

  • 23 May 2022

    New research aims to develop the future of...

    The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton has been awarded over £6.25m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council part of UK Research and Innovation, to develop the next generation of fibre lasers in Britain.

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  • 18 May 2022

    Spreading the Optoelectronics Research Centre's...

    Spreading the Optoelectronics Research Centre's excellence in outreach and public engagement across Latin America

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  • 13 May 2022

    General Engineering research at Southampton...

    The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) was returned in the 2021 REF as part of the General Engineering Unit of Assessment, which has been ranked as 4th in the UK for GPA and Power .

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    We are delighted that in accordance with Government guidance encouraging laboratory-based research to be resumed in a safe manner, the clean rooms and laser laboratories are open for priority research and development work.

    Risk assessments and significant changes to operating procedures have been conducted to ensure safety is maintained at all times.  

    We are operating with reduced occupancy and added hygiene so that the rules on social distancing and good practice are met.

    The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is our utmost priority, and Government advice continues to be that those who can work from home should continue to do so.

    This is good news for our research and enterprise activities and means PhD students can continue their studies.

    We are enormously grateful to our sponsors and staff for bearing with us in these difficult times. Your generous support ensures our community continues to thrive.

    Thank you.

    Professor Sir David Payne

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