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About us

Our impact

The University of Southampton is changing the world for the better, working with industry, governments and research institutions to make a global impact. Our staff and students tackle real-world issues, making a difference to people’s lives in the local community, across the UK and around the world. 

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Making an impact through research

From new approaches to sustainable power to pioneering treatments for conditions such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, we are addressing some of today’s major challenges.

Watch the video or visit our research pages to find out more about our research impact.

Making an economic impact

We commissioned a leading independent consultancy in 2014 to produce an economic and social impact assessment of the University’s activities.

They measured our economic impact in both Gross Value Added and Employment.

Download the Economic Impact Assessment report

Their report indicates that in 2012/13 the University supported more than £2 billion GVA in the UK and more than 26,540 jobs. Of this, £1billion and over 16,300 jobs were in the region; and in Southampton £729 million and 11,700 jobs.

Commercialising our research

Sharing our expertise

Investing in new technologies

Working in partnership

Find out more about our work with business


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Making an impact through our people

Developing world-changing people

A Southampton education is a firm foundation for career success and many of our graduates have emerged as leaders in their fields. They include:

Many of our own world-class staff also studied at Southampton, including Web Science pioneer Professor Dame Wendy Hall.

Find out more about our alumni.

Changing lives through student enterprise

Our students are making a positive impact on people’s lives in developing countries through the award-winning social enterprise programme, Enactus. One example is Right Light, a student-led initiative which is improving the wellbeing and economic chances of people in rural Africa by giving them access to safe, sustainable solar lamps.

Making an impact in the city and region

Contributing to economic prosperity

Inspiring young people

We work with schools and colleges across the region. Initiatives such as Learn with US aim to encourage talented young people who might not otherwise see higher education as an option for them. Another successful project, LifeLab, brings Hampshire schoolchildren into the laboratory for hands-on learning. As well as having a lasting effect on their health-related lifestyle choices, LifeLab is encouraging more students to consider further study and a career in science.

The University strategy

Making an impact on society and the economy is one of our key strategic aims. Find out more about the University strategy.

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