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

  • 8 February 2018

    Our 5D storage crystal joins Tesla Roadster on...

    The successful launch of the new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, by SpaceX from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida into a Mars orbit around the Sun, has captured the world’s imagination and attention mainly because of its power but also because of its payload.

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  • 25 January 2018

    Scientists develop new technology standard that...

    Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered a way of enhancing the capabilities of an emerging nanotechnology that could open the door to a new generation of electronics.

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  • 23 January 2018

    University of Southampton receives funding to...

    <b>The University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has been awarded funding to develop much-needed skills for the photonics industry.</b>

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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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