The Software Sustainability Institute

The Institute was founded to support the UK’s research software community - a community that includes the majority of UK’s researchers.

Our mission is to cultivate better, more sustainable, research software to enable world-class research (better software, better research). Software is fundamental to research: seven out of ten UK researchers report that their work would be impossible without it.

Organised around five teams (community, policy, software, training, and communications) the Institute has built a network of 112 Fellows from across research disciplines; championed software and software career paths through House of Lords, BIS and RCUK reports; worked with over 70 projects to directly improve their codes, written over 80 popular guides; and organised training events to teach over 5,000 learners the basics of software engineering – thus helping thousands of people to build better research software.

The four institutions in the consortium – Edinburgh, Southampton, Manchester, Oxford – represent over 25 years of collaboration on software for research with unparalleled software engineering expertise.

Getting software on the research agenda: we have built a popular platform to provide researchers and developers access to the contacts, information and training necessary to develop reliable and reproducible research software.

Supporting communities that want change: we have formed partnerships across the UK and into Canada, the US, and across Europe, and have become the de facto point of contact for research software good practice.

Increasing skills and training: we partnered with the international Software and Data Carpentry initiatives to help make researchers more productive and their work more robust, reliable and reproducible.

Improving software: we have worked on projects with research groups across RCUK sectors including: the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, SynthSys, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Policy, CCPs, and DIAMOND. 

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