The University of Southampton (occasionally abbreviated as Soton) is a public university located inSouthampton, England. Southampton is a research intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group of elite British universities.
The origins of the university date back to the founding of the Hartley Institution in 1862 following a legacy to the Corporation of Southampton by Henry Robertson Hartley. In 1902, the Institution developed into the Hartley University College, with degrees awarded by the University of London. On 29 April 1952, the institution was granted a Royal Charter to give the University of Southampton full university status. It is a member of the European University Association, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and is an accredited institution of theWorldwide Universities Network.
Besides being recognised as one of the leading research universities in the UK, Southampton has also achieved consistently high scores for its teaching and learning activities. It additionally has one of the highest proportions of income derived from research activities in Britain, and is regularly ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.
The University of Southampton currently has over 17,000 undergraduate and 7,000 postgraduate students,making it the largest university by higher education students in the South East region. The University has six teaching campuses with another in development and due for completion in September 2014. The main campus is located in the Highfield area of Southampton and is supplemented by three other campuses within the city: Avenue Campus housing the Faculty of Humanities, the National Oceanography Centre housing courses in Ocean and Earth Sciences and Southampton General Hospital offering courses in Medicine and Health Sciences. In addition, the University operates a School of Art based in nearby Winchester and an international branch in Malaysia offering courses in Engineering. Each campus is equipped with its own library facilities.
The University has over 5000 places at University owned halls of residence, spread over two main complexes and several other smaller halls located within a couple of miles from the University. The University of Southampton Students’ Union, provides support, representation and social activities for the students ranging from involvement in the Union’s four media outlets to any of the 200 affiliated societies and 80 sports. The University owns and operates a sports ground at nearby Wide Lane for use by students and also operates a sports centre on the main campus.Highfield Campus also houses three main art venues supported by the University and Arts Council England.
Address: University Rd, Southampton SO17 1BJ
Color: Dark Red
Phone: 023 8059 5000
Enrollment: 23,000 (2013)