University of Southampton

Our impact in numbers

We are one of the most successful research-led universities in the country, and our impact is far reaching. Take a look at some of the statistics which highlight our strengths.

Research Excellence Framework results

Take a look at the results of our 2014 assessment by the Research Excellence Framework.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a system run by the four UK higher education funding bodies which assesses the quality of research in UK higher education Institutions. Find out more about REF by visiting their website.

Our strengths and impact in numbers

  • 237+ research groups
  • 84+ world-class research facilities
  • nine interdisciplinary groups tackling big societal issues
  • top three universities world-wide for the quality of our spin-outs
  • 12 successful spin-out companies created since 2000, three of which have been floated on the stock market
  • more than 150 different businesses have currently chosen us for their research and development
  • currently work with more than 300 companies worldwide
  • contribute an estimated £195m to the local economy
  • 91 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study after their course
  • research funding in excess of £100m - increase of eight per cent over previous years
  • optical fibre research has led the world for 50 years
  • three Southampton professors awarded Wolfson merit awards in 2014