University of Southampton

United Kingdom


The University of Southampton is by any measure one of the world’s leading universities. We are consistently placed in the top 100 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings.

Southampton attracts high-quality students from over 135 countries, who now account for around 30 per cent of our student population. Outside of the UK we educate students through our Malaysia Campus and collaborations with prestigious partners such as Xiamen University in China, Singapore Institute of Management, Nanyang Technological University, Worldwide Universities Network members and through our Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).  As students become graduates of the University they join our wider, global community of over 200,000 alumni and are able access a network that can provide further opportunities across the world.

Over 97 per cent of our research assessed in the latest Research Excellence Framework as being world-leading and internationally excellent, confirms our status as one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities. This kind of international outlook and reputation attracts staff from across the world, with over 25 per cent of Southampton staff coming from outside the UK. It also generates a rich network of international collaborations; we have in excess of 500 research links with overseas partners and over 50 per cent of our published research papers are internationally co-authored.

The University has a strong culture of enterprise and with over 40 per cent of our research activities involving industry collaboration. More than 150 international businesses have chosen us as a major research partner. In the past few years, strategic partnerships have been developed or expanded with GSK, Rolls-Royce, QinetiQ, IBM, BAE Systems, Airbus, Microsoft, DePuy, Philips, Vitacress, Eli Lilly, and Google, to name but a few. We are renowned for commercialising our research and our business incubation partnership SETsquared is the most influential university business incubator globally.

Southampton has an extensive portfolio of partnerships across the world and through our research we influence governments, businesses and individuals to make a real impact on society’s biggest challenges.

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Professor Sir Snowden

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, FRS, FREng, FIET, FIEEE, FCGI is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton and a distinguished engineer with wide experience of the international microwave and semiconductor industry.  He was Knighted in the 2012 New Year’s Honours for services to engineering and higher education.

He is a member of the Prime Minister’s advisory Council for Science and Technology and has recently been appointed to the Chair of the international judging Panel for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (the ‘Nobel Prize’ of Engineering). Until August 2013 he was Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was President of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (2009-10).

Sir Christopher was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey until September 2015 and led its transition to a top 10 UK university during the period 2005-15. He was President of Universities UK (2013-2015) and sat on the governing body of InnovateUK.  Sir Christopher was a Member of the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2006-12.

He has previous experience as a Non-Executive Director of several technology companies.. Prior to his appointment at Surrey in 2005, Sir Christopher was Chief Executive Officer of Filtronic ICS. He joined Filtronic plc in 1998 as Director of Technology before being promoted to Joint Chief Executive Officer in 1999.