On 15 October 1862 the Hartley Institution was declared open by Lord Palmerston.Hartley was the heir to a family of Southampton wine merchants. A studious and reclusive character, he had turned his back on the family business and when he died he left his estate to the Corporation of Southampton to promote the study and advancement of science and learning.
Our emphasis on research-led teaching means that our students are taught the latest theories, research and innovations from experts in their field.
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We are a world-class research-intensive Russell Group university. Over 96 per cent of our research has been assessed as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework.
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The halls guide is your one stop manual for everything you need to know when living in halls. It is designed for you so that you have the knowledge of how things work, the processes and services and also helpful advice and information for your time in University residences. The halls guide can be downloaded here, or you can also request a published copy from your halls reception.
The University Library has a comprehensive collection of books and journals, both electronic and print, available from the Hartley and other campus libraries, plus a range of services to support teaching and research across all areas of the University.
Library Search is a single search service providing discovery and access across the library's physical and digital collections.
We provide help and support to students, staff and researchers regarding everything IT, from a Windows desktop to high performance computing.
We have two health practices at Highfield Campus – the University Health Service and Highfield Health. They provide a full range of health care services which are open to all registered students and their families.
Avenue Campus is home to many of our humanities subjects. You can find it just a short walk from our main Highfield Campus. The green spaces of Southampton Common are also close at hand.
Make the most of our state-of-the-art sports facilities to learn a new sport, to train, to compete, or just to have fun. Our Students' Union (Union Southampton) has over 80 sports clubs to help you enjoy sports with friends.
As a student at Southampton, you will automatically become a member of the University of Southampton Students’ Union. The Student's Union is one of the largest in the UK, with many services and facilities to both support and entertain you.
Achieving chartered status in any profession indicates to the wider community a high level of subject knowledge and professional competence. It provides independent recognition of your standing and experience and verifies that you are a competent, qualified and committed professional.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
My study experience was a mixed bag. Getting a bachelor's degree helped me to get jobs after graduation and apply for my masters but I didn't think that I got value for money with my degree. Support was limited, I often felt like a number among a sea of students and no-one at my university seemed to want to accept responsibility for anything. Lectures were long, often...
GCSE & A-Level only focus on what is needed and further study is almost discouraged save for the EPQ
I feel really fortunate for being able to study at the Uni of Southampton. While pursuing my bachelor's degree I was not only supported by excellent staff and lectures at the university, but I also had the opportunity to join many societis and participate in extracurricural activities. Ultimatelly I was able to gain invaluable knowledge as well as grow as an individual in...