About Us

Bringing together Academia and Commercial Industry

SOI Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of St Andrews and is closely associated with the Scottish Oceans Institute. Set up 5 years ago we have returned over half a million pounds of commercial research income to the university.

SOI Ltd. aims to facilitate the interactions of commercial interests and the expertise and facilities of the University of St Andrews.

The Scottish Oceans Institute is an interdisciplinary research institute studying the marine environment which forms a key focus for research excellence in marine-related science.

Services & Sectors

Specialist environmental surveys and marine research services

SOI Ltd. offers a range of services that provide customers with the best information available for the management of marine and coastal resources by industry, government and NGOs.

SOI Ltd. has historically worked with the staff based at Sediment Ecology Research Group (SERG) and Centre of Earth Resources St Andrews (CERSA), both based at the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI) at the University of St Andrews. These facilities have an international reputation for their work they carry out in the coastal and transition zones of the UK and beyond.

Our Projects

Leading University Specialists

SOI Ltd offers a range of services that provide efficient interactions between the academics of the University of St Andrews and commercial/industrial interests.

These include:

Project Management, Project Inception, Costing, T&C, Payment Schedules, Commercialisation, Business Development, Commercial Research

We also work very closely with our sister company SMRU Consulting.


SOI Ltd. facilitates your interactions with industry through understanding and managing the expectations of the two sectors.

Over the last 3 years we have brought in work totalling over half a million pounds to the University. We have been able to secure contracts that produce REF’able research as well as provide powerful ‘impact’ statements.

All profits made by SOI Ltd are gift aided back to the University for reinvestment, for example the money provided so far has gone to cutting edge laboratory equipment, PhD funding and contributing to new buildings and facilities.

So if Industry approaches you, if you have any ideas concerning your research or just want more information/advice then do not hesitate to contact us here at SOI Ltd. We look forward to working with you!