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University of Southampton

The University of Southampton was founded in 1862 as the Hartley Institute, becoming a University by Royal Charter in 1952.

As a University, Southampton offers strengths across many academic disciplines including Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Sciences and Medicine. Outstanding areas of note include the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Web Science Institute, the Institute for Sound and Vibration Research, the Parkes Institute for Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations, and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton.

Southampton has:

Fast Facts

•A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities and currently positioned in the top 16 UK universities (2016) and 81st in the world (QS World University rankings 2015/16)

•Consistently ranked among the UK’s top research universities, with over 97 per cent of its research assessed as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

•A strong record of commercialising academic research, with 13 successful spin-out companies since 2000, including three which were floated on the stock market.

•A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities and currently positioned in the top 16 UK universities (2016) and 81st in the world (QS World University rankings 2015/16)

•The city played its part in King Henry V’s departure for the Battle of Agincourt, the Mayflower pilgrims’ voyage to the New World, and the Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage.

Life in Southampton

Just over an hour from London by train, Southampton has excellent links to the rest of the UK, as well as European cities. The city is located in the region of Hampshire which is renowned for its outstanding countryside and coastline, as well as sites of historic interest such as interest such as Stonehenge, Winchester and Portsmouth. 

Southampton benefits from one of the mildest climates in the UK and is close to many of the UK’s beaches and dramatic coast line.