University of Southampton

A leader in groundbreaking research, we drive original thinking, turn knowledge into action and impact, and create solutions to global challenges.

The University of Southampton is by any measure one of the world’s leading universities. We are consistently placed in the top one per cent of universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings.

Our University community is committed to the highest quality in everything we do. We have a global reputation for our passion and ability to work collaboratively in delivering world-class education, research and innovation that makes a real impact on society’s biggest challenges.

Over 96 per cent of our research was assessed in the latest Research Excellence Framework as being world-leading and internationally excellent, confirming our status as one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities. We have a strong culture of enterprise with over 40 per cent of our research activities involving industry collaboration; more than 150 international businesses have chosen us as a major research partner.

Our exceptional students share in the journeys of discovery at Southampton and become confident thinkers who can realise their full potential. We attract high-quality students from over 130 countries. Outside of the UK we educate students through our Malaysia Campus and collaborations with prestigious partners such as Xiamen University in China and Singapore Institute of Management. As students become graduates of the University they join our wider, global community of over 200,000 alumni and are able access a network that can provide further opportunities across the world.

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Key facts

  • Over 6000 employees
  • 8 campus locations
  • 24,783 students (2016)
  • Top 1% of world universities (QS World University Ranking 2018)
  • Ranked 8th for research intensity in the UK (REF 2014)
  • Founder member of the Russel Group, just awarded Silver Athena Swan