The University of Southampton is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, and one of the UK's top research universities, with 33% of its research rated world-leading. One of its most renowned academics is Professor Sir David Payne, who pioneered the optical fibre technology that provides the backbone to the Internet and modern telecommunications.

Key Facts


  • #20 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • #20 in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • #24 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 17,500

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • over 7,500

Year founded

  • 1952

  • It operates five campuses in Southampton, one in Winchester and a further campus in Malaysia, which offers students the chance to study for Engineering degrees across both countries.
  • The University is a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education.
  • The University was an acknowledged pioneer in supporting start-up businesses grown from the university (Southampton has created more spin-out companies than almost any other UK university, including the largest ever successful university spin-out: Southampton Photonics).
Areas of recognition

The Times Higher Education World subject rankings place Southampton in the Top 100 for Clinical/Pre-Clinical and Health, Physical Sciences and Engineering and Technology globally.

Southampton is currently ranked 1st for Physiotherapy in the UK, and has eight other subject areas listed in the Top 10 within the Times and Sunday Times 2020 Guide: Music (#3), Subjects Allied to Medicine (#4), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (#3), Mechanical Engineering (#4), Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (#7), Communication and Media Studies (#10), Geology (#7) and Nursing (#9).

Kings alumni at University of Southampton

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