The University of Southampton ( ), one of the leading universities in Britain, was founded in 1952 and is a member of prestigious Russell Group of UK Universities. SOTON is an excellent venue for conducting cutting-edge research and for providing high quality education. It has been ranked as one of the top 15 research-intensive universities in the UK (Guardian 2011) and in the top 75 of the world (2012 QS World University Rankings). It has more than 17,000 undergraduate students and 7,000 postgraduates from over 130 different countries. SOTON received over £102.3M in research grants and contracts in 2012/13, including over £14.9M from the European Commission. The Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering (FPSE) is one of the most successful faculty of this type in UK, Europe and the world. FPSE has over 1400 undergraduate and 825 postgraduate students. Research activity from FPSE has led to the formation of over 20 spin-out companies. FPSE has also strong background in working on international research projects, including 122 EU FP7 projects worth in excess of €65M. Currently, the Tony Davis High Voltage Laboratory consists of 7 members of academic staff, 11 full-time research staff, 31 full-time postgraduate students and 12 undergraduate students, who are supported by a Laboratory Manager and 3 technicians. Members of the Laboratory publish the results of their work extensively in refereed journals and at international conferences and a full list is available within E-Prints. In 2007 the 9th IEEE International Conference on Solid Dielectrics was organised by the Laboratory and held in Winchester.

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