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The University of Southampton

University of Southampton and the Community

The University of Southampton is proud of its roots in the local community, dating back to the mid-1800s, when local resident Henry Robinson Hartley left a legacy to create a place of learning in the town of Southampton.

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Universities of sanctuary

The University of Southampton is a diverse and inclusive community, and we strive to help break down barriers to accessing higher education. We have embarked on an initiative to become a University of Sanctuary.

The University and its local community

The University is committed to being a good neighbour and working to ensure its impact on the local area is both enriching and beneficial. If there is an issue you would like to have resolved, please follow the complaints procedure , which is designed for use by all members of the community, including students and University staff.

For more information about the services provided by Southampton City Council visit A to Z of Council Services

Since gaining full university status by Royal Charter in 1952, the University has become one of the UK’s leading research universities and is recognised internationally as one of the top 100 in the world. In 1964 the town's status was also changed by Royal Charter to that of "city" of Southampton.

The University of Southampton plays an important role in the city and its wider region. We contribute to the region in many ways through our education and research, our business and enterprise links and our volunteering programmes. Our aim is always to build positive relationships with local and regional agencies, to establish strong lines of communication between the University and its local community, and to be a good neighbour.

Many of our staff and students have their homes in Southampton and significant numbers of our alumni also live locally long after graduating. Our campus facilities are popular with large numbers of our neighbours and we warmly welcome those who wish to visit our sports and arts venues.

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