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The University of Southampton is an exceptional place whose people achieve remarkable things. We are a world-leading, research-intensive university, with a strong educational offering, renowned for our innovation and enterprise. This is a great platform from which to sharpen our focus with our new strategy.

It’s a very simple strategy. It’s about our aspirations. It’s about building our reputation. It’s about being simply better than our competitors at what we do.

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

Collegiality: one team working, planning and delivering together, toward our shared vision.

Quality: always striving to achieve the highest quality in everything we do.

Internationalisation: delivering across global markets and building strong partnerships with other leading organisations.

Sustainability: ensuring our actions lead to financial, social and environmental sustainability.

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of universities worldwide. We are a global centre for excellence in research and education.

We are a research-intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group. We have gained prestigious recognition for our successes and history of world-changing achievements.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


Faculty of Business, Law and Art

Teaching and research areas:

Internet law, maritime law, environmental law, strategy, marketing, human resources management, textiles, graphics, fashion design.

Academic units:

  • Southampton Law School  Contact details
  • Southampton Business School  Contact details
  • Winchester School of Art  Contact details

Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

Teaching and research areas:

Audiology, environmental science, aeronautics and astronautics, acoustical engineering, civil engineering, energy, mechanical engineering, ship science.

Academic units:

  • Aeronautics, Astronautics and Computational Engineering
  • Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Institute of Sound and Vibration Research

Faculty of Health Sciences

Teaching and research areas:

Cancer, palliative and end of life care, active living and rehabilitation, the organisation and delivery of care, continuous professional development training.

Academic units:

  • Professional Practice in Health Sciences
  • Centre for Innovation and Leadership in Health Sciences

Faculty of Humanities

Teaching and research areas:

Archaeology, English, film, history, modern languages, music, philosophy.

Disciplines within Humanities: 

  • Archaeology
  • English
  • Film
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy

Faculty of Medicine

Teaching and research areas:

General practice, respiratory medicine, developmental sciences, cancer sciences and bone and joint diseases, with cross-cutting themes in translational immunology and stem cells and regenerative medicine.

Academic units:

  • Cancer Sciences
  • Human Development and Health
  • Clinical and Experimental Sciences
  • Primary Care and Population Sciences
  • Medical Education

Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Teaching and research areas:

Biological Sciences: Biodiversity, Ecology and Ecosystem services, Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Developmental Biology, Ecology, Environmental Biosciences, Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, Pharmacology and Zoology

Chemistry: Characterisation & Analytics, Chemical Biology, Computational Systems Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Flow Chemistry, Magnetic Resonance, Materials, Organic & Inorganic Synthesis, Supramolecular Chemistry

Ocean and Earth Science: geology, geophysics, oceanography, marine science, marine biology, marine ecology, marine biogeochemistry, physical oceanography, Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate, coastal engineering, Physical Oceanography and Climate Dynamics, Marine Geology and Geophysics, Marine Resources and Law, ocean chemistry, Vertebrate Palaeontology, Marine environment and resources, geochemistry, ocean dynamics, paleoceanography, paleoclimatology

Natural Sciences

Academic Units

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering

Teaching and Research areas:

Electronics and electrical engineering, computer science and IT, web science, optoelectronics, physics and astronomy.

Academic units:

  • Electronics and Computer Science
  • Optoelectronics Research Centre
  • Physics and Astronomy

Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences

Teaching and research areas:

Education, teaching and learning, geography and environment, applied and pure mathematic, statistics, operational research, psychology, social sciences, ageing/gerontology, economics, politics and international relations, social statistics and demography, sociology, social policy and criminology.

Academic units:

  • Southampton Education School
  • Geography and Environment
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

History


The University of Southampton has its origin as the Hartley Institution which was formed in 1862 from a benefaction by Henry Robinson Hartley (1777–1850). Hartley had inherited a fortune from two generations of successful wine merchants. At his death in 1850, he left a bequest of £103,000 to the Southampton Corporation for the study and advancement of the sciences in his property on Southampton’s High Street, in the city centre.

Hartley was an eccentric straggler, who had little liking of the new age docks and railways in Southampton. He did not desire to create a college for many (as formed at similar time in other English industrial towns and commercial ports) but a cultural centre for Southampton’s intellectual elite. After lengthy legal challenges to the Bequest, and a public debate as to how best interpret the language of his Will, the Southampton Corporation choose to create the Institute (rather than a more widely accessible college, that some public figures had lobbied for).

On 15 October 1862, the Hartley Institute was opened by the Prime Minister Lord Palmerston in a major civic occasion which exceeded in splendor anything that anyone in the town could remember. After initial years of financial struggle, the Hartley Institute became the Hartley College in 1883. This move was followed by increasing numbers of students, teaching staff, an expansion of the facilities and registered lodgings for students.

In 1902, the Hartley College became the Hartley University college, a degree awarding branch of the University of London. This was after inspection of the teaching and finances by the University College Grants Committee, and donations from Council members (including William Darwin the then Treasurer). An increase in student numbers in the following years motivated fund raising efforts to move the college to greenfield land around Back Lane (now University Road) in the Highfield area of Southampton. On 20 June 1914, Viscount Haldane opened the new site of the renamed Southampton University College. However, the outbreak of the First World War six weeks later meant no lectures could take place there, as the buildings were handed over by the college authorities for use as a military hospital. To cope with the volume of casualties, wooden huts were erected at the rear of the building. These were donated to university by the War Office after the end of fighting, in time for the transfer from the high street premises in 1920. At this time, Highfield Hall, a former country house and overlooking Southampton Common, for which a lease had earlier been secured, commenced use as a halls of residence for female students. South Hill, on what is now the Glen Eyre Halls Complex was also acquired, along with South Stoneham House to house male students.

Further expansions through the 1920s and 1930s was made possible through private donors, such as the two daughters of Edward Turner Sims for the construction of the university library, and from the people of Southampton, enabling new buildings on both sides of University Road. During World War II the university suffered damage in the Southampton Blitz with bombs landing on the campus and its halls of residence.The college decided against evacuation, instead expanding its Engineering Department, School of Navigation and developing a new School of Radio Telegraphy. Halls of residence were also used to house Polish, French and American troops. After the war, departments such as Electronics grew under the influence of Erich Zepler and the Institute of Sound and Vibration was established.

On 29 April 1952, Queen Elizabeth II granted the University of Southampton a Royal Charter, the first to be given to a university during her reign, which enabled it to award degrees. Six faculties were created: Arts, Science, Engineering, Economics, Education and Law. The first University of Southampton degrees were awarded on 4 July 1953, following the appointment of the Duke of Wellington as Chancellor of the university. Student and staff number grew throughout the next couple of decades as a response to the Robbins Report. The campus also grew significantly, when in July 1961 the university was given the approval to acquire some 200 houses on or near the campus by the Borough Council. In addition, more faculties and departments were founded, including Medicine and Oceanography (despite the discouragement of Sir John Wolfenden, the chairman of the University Grants Committee). Student accommodation was expanded throughout the 1960s and 1970s with the acquisition of Chilworth manor and new buildings at the Glen Eyre and Montefiore complexes.

In 1987, a crisis developed when the University Grants Committee announced, as part of nationwide cutbacks, a series of reductions in the funding of the university. To eliminate the expected losses, the budgets and deficits subcommittee proposed reducing staff numbers. This proposal was met with demonstrations on campus and was later reworked (to reduce the redundancies and reallocate the reductions in faculties funding) after being rejected by the university Senate.

By the mid-1980s through to the 1990s, the university looked to expand with new buildings on the Highfield campus, developing the Chilworth Manor site into a science park and conference venue, opening the National Oceanography Centre at a dockside location and purchasing new land from the City Council for the Arts Faculty and sports fields (at Avenue Campus and Wide Lane, respectively).


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