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Reputation and rankings

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Sunday Times 2022 rankings

We're ranked 16th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

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QS World University Rankings

We're in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2022, based on indicators such as research excellence and employability.

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How have we established our global reputation for excellence?

Discover how we have built up our reputation and continue to strive for excellence in all our activities.

Our UK league table rankings

Our latest rankings in the three main UK university league tables are:

We are measured and ranked as a university on a range of criteria, including: entry standards, student satisfaction, staff to student ratio, expenditure on facilities and resources, research quality, and reputation among employers and academics from other institutions.

Our international league table rankings

  • 77th in the QS World University Rankings (2022)
  • Three subjects in the global top 50, according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021:  Nursing (9); Statistics & Operational Research (33); Geology (50)
  • Also in the top 100 globally, according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Archaeology, Civil & Structural Engineering; Earth & Marine Sciences; Electrical & Electronic Engineering (62nd out of 503); Geography; Geophysics; Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (75th out of 500); Medicine (88th out of 650); Physics & Astronomy (66th out of 601); Psychology and Social Policy & Administration
  • 124th in Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022 and 16th among UK universities listed. Explore the full rankings at
  • 11th in Times Higher Education's (THE) 'Golden Age' universities 2020 - the top 200 institutions founded as universities between 1945 and 1967. Southampton is second among the UK universities featured. Learn more at

Our student satisfaction

The annual National Student Survey (NSS) gathers honest feedback from mainly final-year undergraduates about their time in UK higher education institutions.  
The new survey, published in July 2020, reveals that we have made a number of improvements across the board with the following specific highlights:

  • 84.7% of our students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course 
  • 84.5% of our students were satisfied with the teaching on their course 
  • 85.8% of our students were satisfied with the learning resources provided by the University 
  • 89.3% of our students agreed that staff were good at explaining things 
  • 87.7% of our students agreed that their course was intellectually stimulating 
  • 87.1% of our students were satisfied they’d been able to contact staff when needed 
  • 88.5% of our students were satisfied with their access to course-specific resources 
  • 87.8% of our students agreed that our library services had supported them well 
  • 86.9% of our students felt they had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course

Our research and innovation excellence

  • We are a research-intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group - an organisation of 24 top UK universities dedicated to maintaining the highest research and teaching standards.
  • Our research grant income grows year on year, and in 2016/17 we received £137m. Find out more about our research and our research and innovation services.
  • The value of University of Southampton research projects funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) currently stands at £231m, making us seventh in the UK for total value of EPSRC grants. Visit
  • 8th in UK for 'research intensity', according to Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, which assessed the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
  • 11th in the UK based on volume and quality of research, according to REF 2014.
  • Over 96 per cent of our research environment is world-leading and internationally excellent, according to REF 2014.
  • We are a founding partner of SETsquared, the university business incubator ranked number one in the world by UBI Global.
  • A government-sponsored Science and Innovation Audit revealed that the south of England is the backbone of the UK's digital economy, with the University at the heart of many of the highlighted initiatives.

Our honours and awards

Southampton is one of the first universities in the UK to be named an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education (ACE-CSE). The Gold Award complements the University's existing status as a Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research, which it first obtained in 2012.

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*The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

**The University is a founding partner of SETSquared, ranked the number one university-based business incubator in the world by UBI Global

***Research Excellence Framework 2014

****QS World University Rankings 2021

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