University of Southampton

Our professional service departments

We try to make it as easy as possible for students, staff and visitors to access our services.

Over 2,000 professional services staff work in departments across the University. They work on day-to-day activities, projects and processes that make us dynamic and efficient.

Our departments and their descriptions

These are our professional service departments and descriptions of the work they do.

Communications and Marketing

Communications and Marketing manages the University's reputation and brand. They communicate its aims and achievements to stakeholders around the world. We also manage the stock and sale of University-branded merchandise from our online store.

Development and Alumni Relations

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations creates mutually beneficial relationships with alumni and other supporters. We offer opportunities to volunteer, attend University events and to support the University through philanthropic donations. These donations help to fund key priorities that aid our students in their pursuit of a world-class education and an exceptional student experience.

Estates and Facilities

The Estates and Facilities teams provide a wide range of crucial services to the University. These include the help-desk, campus security, car parking and cleaning.


The Finance Department has more than 165 staff working across all University campuses. They provide services to the University ranging from payroll services to publishing financial statements.

Human Resources

Human Resources supports our staff at every stage of their relationship with the University.

Institute for Learning Innovation and Development (ILIaD)

ILIaD joins up our faculties and professional services to revolutionise our educational offering.

Legal (corporate) Services

Legal (corporate) Services supports the University's departments in legal matters, mediation and research governance.

Research and Innovation Services

Research and Innovation Services supports our world-class academics. We help them focus on impact, national and global economies, and society.

Safety and Occupational Health

Safety and Occupational Health deals with all issues relating to the health and safety of our staff, students and visitors.

Strategy, Planning and Analytics

Strategy, Planning and Analytics help shape the University's future and develop appropriate strategies. We undertake market research, environmental scanning and the collection and analysis of business intelligence.

Student and Academic Administration

The Student and Academic Administration department manages essential services for students. These include applications, admissions and graduation.

Student Recruitment and International Relations

We encourage prospective students to consider higher education and the University of Southampton. We also help to attract and support international students and partnerships around the world.

Student Services

The Student Services department offers a wide range of facilities and support to students. Services include the Early Years Centre, Sport and Wellbeing, Careers and Employability Service, Enabling Services, Accommodation and the Student Services Centre.

University Library

Our University library has five branches located across our campuses. We have an excellent reputation as one of the leading research libraries in the UK.