University of Southampton

The University of Southampton (abbreviated as Soton in post-nominal letters[5]) is a research university in Southampton, England. Southampton is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities in the U.K., and ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.[6][7]

University of Southampton
Latin: Universitas Sotoniensis
MottoLatin: Strenuis Ardua Cedunt
Motto in English
The Heights Yield to Endeavour[1]
TypeResearch university
Established1862 – Hartley Institution
1902 – Hartley University College
1952 – gained university status by royal charter
Endowment£12.9 million (2020)[2]
Budget£578.4 million (2019–20)[2]
ChancellorRuby Wax
Vice-ChancellorMark E. Smith
VisitorJacob Rees-Mogg
(as Lord President of the Council ex officio)
Academic staff
2,715 (2020) [3]
Administrative staff
Students22,665 (2019/20)[4]
Undergraduates14,705 (2019/20)[4]
Postgraduates7,960 (2019/20)[4]
CampusCity Campus
ColoursNavy blue, light sea green and dark red
Port-City University League
Russell Group
Association of MBAs
Universities UK

The university has seven campuses. The main campus is located in the Highfield area of Southampton and is supplemented by four other campuses within the city: Avenue Campus housing the School of Humanities, the National Oceanography Centre housing courses in Ocean and Earth Sciences, Southampton General Hospital offering courses in Medicine and Health Sciences, and Boldrewood Campus housing an engineering and maritime technology campus and Lloyd's Register. 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 of Southampton currently has 14,705 undergraduate and 7,960 postgraduate students, making it the largest university by higher education students in the South East region. 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.[8] The university owns and operates a sports ground for use by students and also operates a sports centre on the main campus.[9]