About the University of Southampton

We are a top 100 global university (QS World University Rankings, 2022) and a founding member of the Russell Group, with over 150 years of history. Home to over 19,000 students from more than 130 countries, and around 6,000 members of staff, we are proud of our diverse, vibrant and welcoming community.

Our innovative thinking and pioneering research is making an impact on a global scale; we are finding solutions for some of the biggest challenges which our planet is facing. This is the place where fibre-optic research is creating a faster, smarter internet; where the immune system is leading the fight against cancer; where expertise is tackling the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance; and where resources are being secured for the world’s growing populations.

Research Excellence

Our research rankings place us at the forefront of the UK’s research-intensive Russell Group Universities.

The University’s Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences is one of the most successful of its type in the world and is home to the world-renowned Optoelectronics Research Centre.


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.