The NOC is an independent research organisation with a national science mission. Its national facilities and other national capabilities are accessible to the entire UK academic science community of beneficiaries, on a non-exclusive basis, using established processes based on academic peer review usually via UK Research & Innovation. NOC staff collaborate with researchers world-wide and across the UK and they co-supervise PhD students from numerous universities.
Whilst a national and international institution, the health and vibrancy of the NOC’s research environment at each of its locations, in Southampton and Liverpool, is also strategically important. Consequently, over time the NOC has been purposefully co-located with two of the UK’s highest rated (Russell Group) universities, whilst being entirely separate from them in legal, governance and management terms.
These relationships are strategically important because co-location and collaboration offers the opportunity for the NOC to operate within a stimulating collaborative research community with shared facilities, close day-to-day interaction between NOC and university researchers and in a world-class postgraduate training environment.
In Southampton at its waterfront site, the NOC shares its building (in which the University has a part ownership share) with the University of Southampton’s School of Ocean and Earth Science. The NOC and the University collaborate in the Graduate School (GSNOCS) where NOC staff co-supervise University of Southampton PhD students and collaborate in sharing research and education facilities such as the National Oceanographic Library, lecture and conference facilities and High Performance Computing. A number of senior NOC staff hold Honorary Professorships of the University of Southampton.
In Liverpool, NOC’s Joseph Proudman Building is located on the precinct of the University of Liverpool adjacent to the University’s School of Environmental Sciences. There is close collaborative relationship with academics from the University and co-supervision of PhD students. A number of senior NOC staff hold Visiting Professorships at the University of Liverpool. The National Oceanography Centre, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University cooperate in the Liverpool Institute for Sustainable Coasts and Oceans (LISCO).