The Research Software Group (RSG) at the University of Southampton was launched in September 2015 and currently comprises three Research Software Engineers and is looking to grow by a further two over 2016.
The group shares staff with the Software Sustainability Institute which is also based at Southampton. The RSG works with researchers from any faculty, runs regular Software Carpentry workshops and conducts some pro bono work – such as answering questions from researchers.
Researchers pay for staff time, currently at cost, but the group is working with university finance to determine a model in which a surplus is charged to help cover staff time between projects. Early indications are that there is significantly more work available for the group than there are people to perform it. Hence the group is looking to grow over the next few years. The faculty and school in which the group is based are aware of its existence and support its goals, but the group does not yet receive any financial support.
The group is led by Simon Hettrick and John Robinson. More information can be found at: https://twitter.com/RSGsoton