The University of Southampton
About us

A Russell Group University

The University of Southampton is one of the founding members of the prestigious Russell Group; a group which is committed to maintaining the very best research and teaching standards.

Southampton’s role as a member

You'll find world-class research facilities at Southampton
Research facilities

The Russell Group organisation brings together the knowledge and resources of 24 top UK universities who work together to protect and improve the quality of university teaching, to support and enable innovative research projects, and to build stronger links with business leaders and policy makers.

As a member, we are committed to:

The advantages of going to a Russell Group University

There is no doubt that many people consider the Russell Group as an essential marker of quality university education. Academics and employers around the world highly respect this prestige.

Professor Martin Glennie is a world leading medical expert who is leading the fight against cancer
Professor Martin Glennie

Taught by experts

Russell Group universities attract the best academics, who are working on the most innovative research projects. This is due to the funding and support on offer at universities like Southampton. When our academics aren’t researching solutions for national and global issues they will be teaching you – giving you the benefit of their in-depth subject knowledge, rigorous methods, enthusiasm and high personal standards.

At Southampton our world-class academics include familiar names like Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Dame Wendy Hall, Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Sir David Payne, Professor Guy Poppy, Professor Martin Glennie and Professor Michael Kelly.

Better access to funding and resources

On average, Russell Group members receive more than 60% of the annual university research grant income in the UK. This means that the University of Southampton has far more money to spend on improving the resources you’ll be using throughout your course.

Plus, this higher income also means that we are able to offer more bursaries to students from lower-income backgrounds – making high-quality education accessible to all talented students.

Strong business connections

Here at Southampton we pride ourselves on our strong connection to the business community. All Russell Group members strive to maintain good relationships with business leaders in order to ensure that our courses are relevant for their needs, and that our research is helping to solve important issues they face. Businesses which have a strong working relationship with us also frequently offer internship and apprenticeship programmes which are ideally suited to the skills of our graduates – increasing your employability chances.

Our connections with business lead to work experience and internship opportunities for our students

And even national and international companies know of the University of Southampton as a Russell Group member adhering to rigorous academic standards. This means that all of the major graduate employers (such as Centrica) recognise and target our graduates.

“[We] require the brightest graduates to keep us at the top of our game. As a leading Russell Group university, with excellent academic standards, Southampton provides a rich source of graduate talent for us to target." Richard Bown, Marketing Analyst, Centrica

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