One vision, nine institutions

Combining the knowledge and resources of all nine SEPnet universities to maximise their potential, it’s no surprise that our research initiatives are enjoying success in initiating collaboration, running workshops, strengthening interdisciplinary research links and gaining PhD studentships. Our primary research themes are incredibly diverse, and vary according to topic, construction and philosophy; they are listed first, while links to the even greater range of research in individual university groups are given below that.

Primary research themes

  • Atomic & Condensed Matter – a successful collaboration between departments on the nature of matter and materials
  • Particle Physics – The NExT Institute nurture a strong collective programme of research and training
  • Astrophysics – spanning the Universe from planetary science to cosmology, and with strong regional, national and international roles in the LOFAR project
  • Data-Intensive Science – particle physics and astrophysics have been at the forefront of the application of modern computer analysis techniques, such as machine learning, to data-rich research problems, including those beyond the discipline boundaries
  • Radiation Detection & Instrumentation – the home of RADnet, an innovative postgraduate research programme linking SEPnet universities with UK industry

University research groups

The University of Hertfordshire

The University of Kent

The Open University

The University of Portsmouth

Queen Mary, University of London

The University of Reading

Royal Holloway, University of London

The University of Southampton

The University of Surrey

The University of Sussex

PhD Programmes

For information on our Postgraduate Research programmes and PhD Scholarships please see here.

SEPnet Equipment Inventory

SEPnet universities host a diverse range of facilities for research and development. If you are looking for equipment as part of a research proposal then follow the links above to the relevant research areas or to the individual SEPnet university websites.