The University of Southampton
About us

Reputation and rankings

We are a global centre for excellence in research and education and a founding member of the Russell Group. We have gained prestigious recognition for our successes and history of world-changing achievements.

League table rankings

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

United Kingdom rankings

Our rankings by the three main UK university league tables:

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

We received a Bronze award in the pilot year of the Teaching Excellence Framework. The TEF panel highlighted that students from all backgrounds achieve good outcomes at our University, a large number progress to highly skilled employment or further study, and our retention levels notably exceed the benchmarks of our peer universities.

They also praised:

 Our Vice-Chancellor, Sir Christopher Snowden, issued this statement regarding the result.

International rankings

Top 1% in the world*

With over 14,000 universities worldwide, the University of Southampton continues to feature in the upper echelons of the two main global rankings.

Student satisfaction

Our students report high levels of satisfaction with our courses. In the National Student Survey 2017:

Research excellence

We are a research-intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group.

Our research grant income continues to grow year on year and in 2014/15 we received over £124m.

Funding from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) exceeded £200m in 2015. This places us sixth in the UK for total value of grants.

8th in the UK for research intensity

Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 ranked us eighth in the UK for research intensity. We are 11th in the UK based on volume and quality of our research. Over 96 per cent of our research environment is world-leading and internationally excellent.

Research awards and recognition

Royal Society awards

Our academics have been awarded prestigious Royal Society awards several times in recent years. These awards are for expertise in areas ranging from ultrasound technology, to the chemistry of the oceans.

The 2011 Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation was presented to Professor Tim Leighton and Dr Peter Birkin for the development of an ultrasonic technology that could revolutionise deep cleaning, for example in manufacturing, healthcare or the food industry. Watch the video to find out more.

In 2013 Professor Jonathan Essex received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award to help fund his research into multi-scale computational modelling of chemical and biological systems. Two of our academics also received this award in 2014 - Professor Damon Teagle for his investigations into chemical exchange on the vast mid-ocean ridge flanks and Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi for his work on energy-efficient and reliable many-core computing systems.

Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education logo 2017
We are proud to have won this award three times

Royal recognition

In 2017 the University of Southampton won the coveted Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education for the third time. In 2017 this was awarded for our world leading research in photonics (the science and technology of light) undertaken by our Optoelectronics Research Centre. In 2012 the award was for our innovation and world-leading expertise in performance sports engineering and in 2005 it was awarded for the work of our internationally renowned Institute of Sound and Vibration Research.

In June 2016, the University was awarded its second Regius Professorship, as part of HRH The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. With the previous award in January 2013, the University now holds Regius Professorships in Ocean Science and Computer Science. These awards recognise our exceptionally high-quality teaching and research in these fields.

In 2009, Professor Wendy Hall became a Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to computer science. She was honoured for her pioneering work in the field of computer science.

In 2013, Professor David Payne became a Knight Bachelor for services to photonics.

We won the Times Higher Education Award for outstanding ICT initiative two years in a row. In 2012 the award was for our Open Data Service, which provides open access to University data to improve the life of the University community and our visitors and increase the transparency of our operations. In 2011 the award was for ‘Synote’, a web-based annotation tool which makes multimedia resources easier to access, search, manage, and exploit for learners, teachers, and other users.

Excellence in education

Discover life on campus and what makes us a global centre for excellence in education.

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