The University of Southampton

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

  • 18 December 2017

    ORC to lead £6.1m research programme for the...

    The University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is to lead a £6.1m EPSRC-funded programme to develop the next generation of fibre optics and position the UK as a world-leader in this technology.

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  • 15 December 2017

    What happens when you mix science with politics?

    A blog by the ORC's Dr Katrina Morgan on her week in Westminster, taking part in The Royal Society Pairing Scheme 2017, which aims to “build bridges between parliamentarians, civil servants and some of the best research scientists in the UK.

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  • 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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  • 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


    Upcoming events hosted by or involving ORC members


    Keep in touch after you graduate

    Recent tweets from the ORC

  • As 2018 UK Year of Engineering begins, announces support for 28 pioneering new research projects, many with…

    @orctweets - 19 January
  • RT : Expressions Of Interest invited for Physical Sciences Early Career Researchers workshops in Glasgow on 6 March and…

    @orctweets - 19 January
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