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Scientific services

ARCA Archaeological Associates

Our flagship unit is ARCA, Archaeology's successful commercial arm, based in the Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography. Launched in 2005, it carries out work locally as well as further afield, from Bristol to continental Europe. ARCA does not carry out excavations but has particular expertise in geoarchaeology, geomatics and geophysics. For more information, visit www.ARCAUK.com or contact arca@winchester.ac.uk, tel. +44 (0)1962 827554.

Archaeological contract research at the University of Winchester: image of team drilling boreholes in Winchester Cathedral grounds

Left to right: ARCA team members Prof. Keith Wilkinson, Dr Phil Marter and postgraduate student Will Reid taking a break from drilling boreholes in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral (in background) in Sept. 2019

Sport and Exercise Consultancy Unit (SECU)

The Department of Sport, Exercise and Health's commercial unit SECU was launched in 2006. Formerly known as the Sports Science Consultancy Unit, it focusses on the disciplines of sport and exercise physiology, psychology, biomechanics & coaching. SECU's services are available to both individuals and teams and all staff are members of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). For more information, contact the Director, Helen Ryan, tel. +44 (0)1962 827112

Sport and Exercise research at Winchester: runner and scientist in laboratory

SECU services

Physiology and nutrition

SECU Physiology & Nutrition offer a variety of services ranging from one-off tests to more complex packages. You can visit our fully-equipped and air-conditioned physiology laboratory or one of our physiologists can come to your training venue for field assessments. As part of a package you can receive detailed feedback on test results, and strategies to work on physical weaknesses to help improve your performance as well as workshops in any required area.

  • Aerobic assessments e.g. VO2max, lactate threshold
  • Anaerobic assessments e.g Wingate Test
  • Body Composition Analysis
  • Field Testing
  • Workshops
  • Dietary Analysis
  • Hydration Assessment


SECU Psychology can provide a range of services including group or team sessions, individual athlete consultation or working directly with a coach to help promote greater communication or better working relationships.

  • Performance Profiling
  • Mental skills techniques
  • Workshops

Biomechanics and performance analysis

SECU Biomechanics and Performance Analysis can analyse the performance of an athlete or team in training and competition with a view to diagnosing any problems which might be limiting sporting performance. With close consultation with the athlete and/or coach this information can be used to alter training patterns, change technique or alter equipment set-up.

  • Gait Analysis
  • Technique Analysis
  • Workshops
  • Video Analysis
  • Notational Analysis

Sport and exercise consultancy case study: the Hampshire Institute of Sport

The Hampshire Institute of Sport is a joint venture between the University of Winchester, Energise Me and Hampshire County Council. Unique to Hampshire, it aims to provide one-to-one sport science support to talented young local athletes to expose them to the kind of environment they might experience should they reach elite performance in their sports.

Launched in 2018 with a 4-month pilot across 4 different sports, the project now includes a further 4 sports, 11 coaches and 29 athletes. Students from the University are also getting first-hand experience of working with the athletes in complex environments, complementing the learning and teaching they receive during their study programmes. To find out more, read the Hampshire Institute of Sport Pilot Evaluation.

Education Services

The Centre for Real-World Learning is a high-profile influential centre that develops knowledge and provides coaching worldwide in the field of real-world learning.

The University is also the base of the Winchester branch of the Comino Foundation, an educational trust. 

Peace-building and reconciliation services

The Winchester Centre for Religion, Reconciliation and Peace offers professional consultancy services and training to support practical or research projects in the areas of peace-building and reconciliation. 

Religion and Reconciliation consultancy at the University of Winchester: image of little boy making v-sign with monks in background

WCRRP services

WCRRP has engaged with the UK government several times over the past two years on the potential for religious peace-building. We have particular skills in the areas of inter-religious peace-building and community reconciliation and have acted as consultants for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on prevention of sexual violence in conflict, and engaged with representatives from the Department for Development on development issues and religion.

Recent clients include:

  • Edinburgh Interfaith Association
  • The Tony Blair Foundation
  • Anglican Diocese of Bath and Wells
  • Religions for Peace Nepal
  • Centre for Applied Buddhism
  • Tibetan Centre of Conflict Resolution
  • European Council of Religious Leaders

Business School Services

The University of Winchester Business School offers experienced and qualified academic experts who are able to engage in consultancy assignments, either as individuals or in small teams. Please contact Lisa Harding, Acting Director of Winchester Business School, in the first instance.

Continuous Improvement Services

The University's Continuous Improvement Unit has over 20 years' worth of LEAN and Continous Improvement experience. THE CIU offers accredited training and consultancy to organisations looking to enhance their performance and develop and embed continous improvement practices. Find out more and contact the CIU team.

Our Research and Knowledge Exchange facilities

The University has been investing heavily in state-of-the-art facilities for all our research, teaching and knowledge exchange facilities, from laboratories to equipment to specialist software. Explore our excellent facilities.

Contact us

For general enquiries, please contact Professor Kate Adams, Director of Research & Knowledge Exchange