Cancer Immunology

Cancer Immunology at Southampton

In 2018, the University of Southampton opened the Centre for Cancer Immunology. Based at Southampton General Hospital, it became the UK’s first centre dedicated to cancer immunology research – and it was funded entirely by philanthropy. Thanks to the incredible support of our donors, we smashed our £25m target to build the Centre and have been able to accelerate our groundbreaking research within.

Of course, the work didn’t stop once the Centre was built. Thanks to our donor community, we’ve continued to support cancer immunology research – funding the Centre’s talented scientists, innovative ideas, and vital cutting-edge equipment. The ongoing generosity of our donors has also allowed us to fund the UK’s only PhD programme in Cancer Immunology, right here at Southampton.

Cancer Immunology Fund

The Cancer Immunology Fund is our way of advancing the life-saving innovations happening at Southampton. Our scientists are making incredible discoveries – and have been for years – but we want to go that one step further. More scientists and more state-of-the-art equipment are needed to make our pioneering plans a reality and accelerate our transformative research.

You can help. By giving to the Cancer Immunology Fund, you’ll be supporting the Centre and its most pressing research needs.

We created the Cancer Immunology Fund to provide a vital resource to our team for advancing their cutting-edge research. This can be though investing in the Centre’s people, their ideas, or the tools that they need to make the breakthroughs.

The Centre is such a dynamic environment, quickly adapting and developing new research themes and treatments. By supporting the Cancer Immunology Fund, you can enable our team to respond to their findings with speed and agility, following their discoveries to make breakthroughs that benefit people across the world.

The ideas

Even the smallest of ideas can spark the most revolutionary breakthroughs in cancer research. At the Centre for Cancer Immunology, thanks to an interdisciplinary approach, our scientists work collaboratively to develop exciting research ideas that could lead to real change in cancer treatments.

However, these early concepts are often ‘high risk, high reward’, and require further development before more substantive funding from external sources can be secured. Donations from generous supporters like you are confronting that problem head-on.

We want to foster a culture of curiosity-driven research at the Centre – where novel ideas are encouraged. That’s why our Cancer Immunology Fund supports innovation and pushes these cutting-edge projects to the next level. New, early discoveries in research like this can then influence much larger projects – ones that focus directly on creating more effective cancer treatments.

Your support of the Cancer Immunology Fund is vital in moving our scientists’ ideas into reality – at an early stage – leading to results that can be life-changing.

Read more about our people and our patients on the Centre for Cancer Immunology website.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team in more detail about this programme, please email

Did you know last year we received £500,000 towards vital cancer immunology research from gifts in wills? If you would like more information about remembering the University in your Will, please contact our Legacies Manager, Richard Wilson, at 

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