University of Southampton

United Kingdom

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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 Mark E. Smith is the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, having joined 1st  October 2019 from Lancaster University where he was Vice-Chancellor for eight years. Under his leadership Lancaster reached the top 10 of all the major UK league tables, was the Times/Sunday Times league University of the year 2018.


He plays a role in various sector bodies including the current Chair of UCEA, the employers’ association for universities. Mark is also a member of the HESA and HEFCW Boards, chairing the latter’s Research Wales Committee. He is the Senior Independent Member of the Council of the EPSRC, a Council member of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group and a Trustee and Board Member of Jisc. Mark chaired the national review of A-level content 2013-14. He is also a Professor of Magnetic Resonance, a Member of the Ampère Society’s Prize Committee and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. Mark was awarded a CBE in 2019 for his services to Higher Education and Research.

Professor Mark E. Smith,

President & Vice-Chancellor