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The University of Southampton

Report shows Southampton is one of the top English universities for successful postgraduate research

Published: 3 October 2007

Postgraduate research students at the University of Southampton have achieved the second highest qualification rates of all English higher education institutions, according to a recent report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Ranked joint second in terms of postgraduate success for its home/EU students, and second for overseas students, Southampton is the only English university to be in the top two in both tables.

Ninety per cent of home/EU students and 93 per cent of international students who enrolled at the University in 1999/2000 successfully completed their degrees by 2005/06.

The University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bill Wakeham, commented: "We are extremely pleased at the high percentage of our research students successfully completing their studies here at the University of Southampton.

"This reflects the great importance the University attaches to the training of our postgraduate research students and the commitment of our staff to careful supervision.

"As a leading research-intensive university, Southampton has developed rigorous monitoring processes for the supervision of its research degrees, while at the same time providing a highly supportive research environment for its postgraduate students.

"Our individual Schools have a policy of supporting their research students and many have invested significantly in providing them with high-quality facilities and support."

Notes for editors

  1. The University of Southampton was ranked joint second with the University of Bristol and the Institute of Cancer Research in the HEFCE report on Research Degree Qualification Rates for full-time home and EU students. King's College London topped the table with a 92 per cent qualification rate.
    Southampton was also second in the table for Research Degree Qualification Rates for full-time overseas students, after Queen Mary, University of London.
  2. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. It is one of the UK's top 10 research universities, offering first-rate opportunities and facilities for study and research across a wide range of subjects in humanities, health, science and engineering. The University has around 20,000 students and over 5000 staff. Its annual turnover is in the region of £310 million.
    The University is one of the country's top institutions for engineering, computer science and medicine, and has a strong enterprise agenda. It is home to a range of world-leading research centres, including the Centre for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research and the Optoelectronics Research Centre.
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