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University of Southampton

SO17 1BJ
Website: http://www.soton.ac.uk/
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Information about the University of Southampton:

     Academic structure
     Mission statement
     Principal officers
  Detailed Further Information
     Online Prospectuses - General
     Sports centres & departments
     Theatres & concert halls
Academic structure   

The university has over 80 departments organised into nine faculties and groups:

Engineering and Applied Science
Mathematical Studies
Medicine, Health and Biological Sciences
Social Sciences
Southampton Oceanography Centre
University of Southampton New College.

The university has formal accreditation agreements with King Alfred?s College, Winchester, and University College Chichester.


The University of Southampton’s origins date back to 1862 when the Hartley Institution was founded. It later became Hartley University College, but it was not until 1952 that Southampton awarded its own degrees.

In 2002, the University is celebrating 50 years since the Queen awarded the Royal Charter, giving Southampton degree-awarding powers. A year-long programme of events is taking place to celebrate the University’s Golden Jubilee year, culminating in a homecoming weekend for alumni in the summer. Since 1952 Southampton has developed into one of the country's top research-led universities.

The University also has excellent links with business and industry; owning the Chilworth Science Park, which houses hi-tech companies at the forefront of research.


The University has seven campuses with the main academic campus at Highfield, two miles from the city centre. The Southampton Oceanography Centre is based at the City’s waterfront, whilst the School of Medicine, with its world-leading medical research, is at Southampton General Hospital, a short distance from the main campus.

New College, the centre for lifelong learning, is located in the city centre, and Boldrewood, home to Biological Sciences is close to the Highfield Campus. Winchester School of Art, one of the UK’s premier art schools, merged with the University in 1996 and became part of the Arts Faculty. The Arts Faculty itself is at the Avenue Campus, and houses a number of leading research groups including the Parkes Centre for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations.

Mission statement   

The university is a research-led institution in which teaching and learning take place in an active research environment. The university is committed to:

  • the advancement of knowledge through critical and independent scholarship and research of international significance
  • the communication of knowledge in an active learning environment involving staff at the forefront of their disciplines
  • the application of knowledge for the benefit of society, both directly and by collaboration with other organisations.
Principal officers   
Chancellor: The Rt Hon the Earl of Selborne
Chair of Council: Dame Yvonne Moores DBE
Vice-Chancellor: Professor Bill Wakeham
Online Prospectuses     
Online prospectus
Sports centres & departments     

A major new sports complex is due to open at Southampton in 2003, and will include a swimming pool, sports hall and fitness suite. The University also has extensive outdoor sports pitches and a boat hard on the River Itchen. There are over 70 sports clubs ranging from roller hockey to waterpolo and Southampton boasts Olympic silver medal rowers amongst its sporting successes. The University is also the 'hub site' for one of ten English Institutes of Sport and will take a co-ordinating role in the provision of world-class services and facilities for sportsmen and women across the South Coast.

Theatres & concert halls     

The University is home to three important arts venues:

The John Hansard Gallery
The Nuffield Theatre
The Turner Sims Concert Hall

In addition, there are a wide range of clubs and societies with an involvement or interest in the arts.

Many forthcoming events are listed on the University's daily news and events Website sotONLINE.


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