The programmes and courses in audiology are hosted by the Institute of Sound & Vibration Research (ISVR). ISVR is an academic school within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment in the University of Southampton.
We are a mixed bunch from a variety of backgrounds. Our audiology teaching team alone includes clinical audiologists, clinical scientists, research scientists, teachers of the deaf, speech and language therapists, cochlear implant audiologists and an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon. Many of the teaching staff are national or international experts in their fields.
As an audiology student at the University of Southampton, you will be part of the ISVR. The Institute was founded in 1963 and is world renowned for its contributions to acoustics, audiology and biomedical engineering, among other areas.
Our research was given a 5* (i.e. the highest rating) rating the the 2001 assessment. The manner in which the results are presented for the RAE 2008 is more complex, although we appear to be considered to be at a similar position. Staff of ISVR also provide advice to UK and EU government and regulatory bodies.
Our interests are diverse and extensive, and include:
In 2005, we were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Trust Prize for:
"contributing fundamentally to our understanding of sound and the resulting engineering innovations have had a profound impact on our quality of life"
"improving the quality of life for the profoundly deaf"
We have approximately 150 undergraduate students (audiology and acoustics), 60 Master's students and 80 PhD students, who help to make ISVR a dynamic and stimulating place to study. ISVR have an international reputation for research training. Projects are funded by a range of UK and EU research councils, governments throughout the world and the UK National Health Service, to name but a few. Research projects are often cross-disciplinary and multi-centre.
“Southampton is generally regarded as the best for audiology. Aspects of my degree have been essential in everything I do, from looking at the anatomy of patients to treatments.”Conor Boland - BSC Audiology, 2011