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Our strategy

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Purpose and vision: what drives and inspires us.

This is the place to discover our strategy, including our purpose, vision, goals, values and more.

Key to our success

Inspiring the remarkable


  • We inspire excellence to achieve the remarkable and build an inclusive world.
  • Our people are our University; they are at the heart of everything we do and the impact we make on a local to global scale.
  • We create and share new knowledge to find answers to the greatest challenges facing humanity. Our people inspire and empower one another to apply their knowledge to transform lives.
  • We are committed to excellence in all we do, applying our insights and inventiveness to solve the most complex societal and environmental challenges. Our impact stems from the combined power of our excellence in education, research, and knowledge exchange and enterprise (KEE); our people harness this to achieve the remarkable.
  • We strive for greater inclusivity in our community, as diversity is a strength. It makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. Through partnership, we aim to inspire communities working with us locally and globally to change the world for the better.

Monitoring our success

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Our vision and values have a perpetual, unending quality. To monitor our success an initial five-year set of measures have been identified.

Supporting strategic plans will contain detailed KPIs. This Strategy prepares us for the future; success will be Southampton positioned as a top 10 UK and towards a top 50 internationally recognised university, by 2027–28.

We also recognise that not everything that is important to us can be measured. Therefore, we will continually review our performance indicators to make sure we monitor the right things to get a true representation of our success.

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