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The University of Southampton’s world-leading expertise in photonics and fibre optic technology has been awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in recognition of the many decades of inspired innovation by the ORC to provide solutions for real-life problems.

The Queen's Anniversary Prizes are the UK's most prestigious form of recognition for a UK academic or vocational institution, with approval directly from The Queen and Parliament. 

The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research based at the University of Southampton. We have a vibrant community of researchers, led by some of the leading figures in the field of photonics. We have contributed significantly to the remarkable growth of the photonics industry, including the optical telecommunication technology that underpins the internet as well as many solutions in medicine, biosciences sensing, security and manufacturing.


Our latest achievements

  • 8 December 2017

    ORC group recognised in awards ceremony

    Professor Peter Smith's Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics Group was recognised at the recent South East Physics Network (SEPnet) Public Engagement Awards as a Highly Commended Group in the new award category for Best Research Group.

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  • 6 December 2017

    Study shows glass surfaces retain memory

    A study published today has revealed that glass surfaces can retain a memory of the direction of flow of the glass in its past liquid state.

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  • 4 December 2017

    ORC Professor named Fellow of the Institute of...

    Head of Integrated Photonic Devices, Professor James Wilkinson, from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to integrated photonics.

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  • Being honoured with the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize is recognition of just how important photonics is to the UK and the extensive role the University of Southampton has played in leading photonics research since the 1960s.

    Professor Sir David Payne - Director, Optoelectronics Research Centre


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