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The University of Southampton
About us

Our people

A successful university is made through the contributions of successful people. Read about the people who make up ours.

Our ambition at the University of Southampton is to change the world. This is a grand statement, but it is an achievable one with the support of the more than 200,000 hardworking people who make up the students, staff, alumni, and community of our institution.

Together, step-by-step we can research and create innovations which can make a real impact on the issues of our world.

Equality and Diversity

We are committed to fairness, inclusion and wellbeing in both employment and study. Find out more about equality and diversity at the University of Southampton.

Our students

We have a diverse student body, with people of all backgrounds represented
Our students

Some of the brightest and hardest working students from all over the world come to study at Southampton. And it is our diverse and inclusive student population that give our campuses such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Our alumni

We have a thriving alumni community who are actively involved with the University
Our alumni

We are very proud of the success of our alumni, with many household names from all fields coming out of the University of Southampton.

Our global community of alumni is very active, boasting more than 200,000 members who live in 178 different countries.

Read more about alumni and getting involved.

Our staff

Running a research university of around 22,000 students and with an annual turnover in excess of £400 million is no easy feat. Our 5,000 members of staff ensure that we stay organised, on-track, and able to constantly keep pushing the boundaries of innovation.

Visit our staff directory to find a member of staff.

Council members

Browse the full list of our Council members.

Our Vice-Chancellor and executive group members play a vital role in the smooth running of the University
President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark E. Smith

The University Executive

The University Executive has the vital job of deciding the overall direction of our ambitions, and managing the day-to-day running of the university.

Find out more about the University Executive, and the special roles of the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor.


The Pro-Chancellors act as ambassadors for the University. They preside over graduation ceremonies and deputise for the Chancellor.

Find out more about the University's Pro-Chancellors.

Our Honorary Graduates

Every year we honour the outstanding achievements of distinguished individuals with honorary degrees - which over the years have included some very well-known names.

Read about our honorary graduates from the last 50 years.

Key facts

Learn about our values

How the University is run

Read all about our governance.

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