THE University of Southampton is celebrating a £5m windfall to boost research.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has handed out the grant for postgraduate study. It will provide support for postgraduate students completing engineering and science projects.

Announcing the funding, Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: “Our future as a leading science and engineering nation is dependent on fostering the talent we have in our universities.

“This investment will reap rewards in the academic and economic arenas and provide us with a wealth of skilled people able to tackle global challenges.”