Research Excellence

Researchers at Southampton are defining and developing substantial areas of research that impact on the fast-changing world in which we live. Our research rankings place us at the forefront of the UK’s research-intensive Russell Group Universities for our subjects, and our degree programmes are highly regarded by leading global employers and companies requiring the skills needed to develop theories and technologies that will enhance our understanding and shape our future world.

Our Triple Helix approach

Our highly-ranked education, research and knowledge exchange and enterprise (KEE) are already distinctively intertwined. By strengthening and increasing these links, our Triple Helix approach will achieve greater impact and accelerate new ways to tackle the world’s most complex problems.

This scaling up is a challenging goal we commit to achieve; its reach and ambition sets us apart. Both our goals and how we achieve them matter to us. This is why we have values to guide us and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to monitor our success.

Our Strategy explains what we as a community want to achieve and why a whole institution, collaborative approach will make the biggest impact. How we will implement our plans and goals is explained in our strategic plans that support our Strategy.

Future major investments will need to support people to develop collaborative and creative partnerships, and strengthen the Triple Helix and its impact.

Learn more about our strategy


Our core principles

Central to the success of our strategy and underpinning all of our activities are four principles:


One team working, planning and delivering together, toward our shared vision.


Always striving to achieve the highest quality in everything we do.


Delivering across global markets and building strong partnerships with other leading organisations.


Ensuring our actions lead to financial, social and environmental sustainability.