What we do
The SSI was founded in 2010 as the first organisation in the world dedicated to improving software in research. It was founded on the premise that helping individuals and institutions understand the vital role that software plays in research would accelerate progress in every field of scientific and academic endeavour.
The SSI set itself the ambitious goal of transforming academic culture by establishing the principle that reliable, reproducible, and reusable software is necessary across all research disciplines. Despite the magnitude of this challenge, the SSI has delivered substantive improvements and achieved a number of truly global successes.
Our key successes
Our successes are underpinned by highly effective working methodologies that we have continually refined over the organisation’s lifetime.
We fund researchers, research software engineers, and industry staff who want to improve software practices in their areas.
Our guides provide detailed advice on everything from better development practices to how to build a community for your software.
8,000+ researchers trained
We created and now maintain a scalable and sustainable national training environment by developing new courses, organising workshops, and bringing in and training new instructors.
260+ successful collaborations
We provide consultancy and guidance to both software experts and beginners in 30+ countries.
Better Software Better Research
Over the years, the Institute has advocated for and developed an understanding of the fundamental importance of research software, its developers and users, its requirements, and how software advances research in the UK.
We are innovative, highly collaborative, and undeterred by even the most obstinate problems. We are experts in working across disciplines and identifying the people within communities who can effect change.
We have learned to focus on scalable enterprises that allow us to maximise the impact of our work. We are committed to improving equality, diversity, and inclusivity across all of our activities.
We are a partnership of four UK universities: Edinburgh, Manchester, Southampton, and Oxford. The SSI is currently funded by the seven councils of the UKRI.
The Software Sustainability Institute, EPCC, University of Edinburgh, The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BT, UK.
SSI staff members are based at one of four universities across the UK: Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford or Southampton. Reach out if you have any questions, would like more information or would like to work with us.Contact us