The University of Southampton, founded in 1862 as the Hartley Institute, is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world (73rd in the QS World University Rankings 2012) and top 15 in the UK. The University’s international reputation is due to its pioneering work in many areas, including computer science, engineering, the fine arts, law, management, medicine and the physical sciences. The University actively encourages multidisciplinary and collaborative research and research-led teaching. The University is home to a number of world-leading research centres, including the National Oceanography Centre, the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the Optoelectronics Research Centre and the Centre for Maritime Archaeology. We have more than 23,000 students and approximately 5,000 staff.
We offer a wide range of courses at different levels, as well as exchanges and Study Abroad programmes. Teaching is led by academics who push research boundaries, making the Southampton learning experience especially valuable. Our first-rate facilities span an astonishing range of industries and disciplines and include our state-of-the-art wind tunnels, which assisted the British Olympic cycling team, and one of Europe’s few High Voltage Laboratories. Specialising in leading technology and applied research, we have an excellent track record for success in spinning out our research into business ventures and this has made Southampton one of the leading entrepreneurial universities in the UK.
Our researchers, academic staff and students are very active in the local community and our public engagement activities include work with schools, charities, businesses and residents of Southampton as well as at national events. Situated on the south coast of England, just over one hour from London, the city of Southampton offers a wealth of entertainment venues, a wide variety of sporting facilities, and one of the UK’s largest shopping centres. Southampton is also surrounded by areas of natural beauty, such as the New Forest and the Isle of Wight. In 2012, we celebrated the 60th anniversary of our University charter.