The University of Southampton is a research university placed in the city of Southampton on the southern coastline of England. The institute is known for its effective teaching activities and for aiming to having a positive impact on the local community and the environment.
The roots of the University of Southampton can be traced back to 1862. Its predecessor, Southampton's Hartley Institute, was founded with a private donation from Henry Robinson Hartle, the heir to a large wine business.
The aim of the institution, which later saw a rapid growth in student numbers, was to offer opportunities for students from non-privileged backgrounds to receive a quality higher-education.
In 1952, the institute received the right to grant degrees and soon opened 6 faculties focusing their teaching on economics, law, engineering, science, education and arts. Today the university, now part of the Russell Group, is a pioneer in academic research related to cancer and Alzheimers disease. The students, a significant minority of whom hail from abroad, have the chance to pursue over 300 degree programmes, each of which aims to equip students with the knowledge and experience needed to be successful in their chosen field of study.
With 6 campuses located in Southampton, Winchester and Malaysia that host over 200,000 students, faculty members and other members of staff, the University of Southampton is one of the largest universities located in South East England. Some of its best known facilities include the famous Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, as well as Europe’s biggest marine science library called the National Oceanographic library.
The University of Southampton actively supports young companies to raise funds through a business incubator. Over the years, the institution has also developed strong links with industry partners such as Microsoft, IBM and Phillips. The University of Southampton contributes a significant amount to the local economy.
Some of the university's most famous sons and daughters include the actor John Nettles, Conservative MP Justine Greening, and the broadcaster John Inverdale.
Its motto translates as ‘the heights yield to endeavour’.