The University of Southampton

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Southampton, United Kingdom
Key Staff

President and Vice-Chancellor: Professor Mark E. Smith

Chancellor: Ruby Wax, OBE

Senior Vice-President (Academic) – Professor Phillip Wright

Chief of Staff and Chief Strategy Officer – Dr Giles Carden


  • The University is a three-times winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, approved directly by The Queen and Parliament.
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) has awarded the University of Southampton team behind PeRSo – Personal Respirator Southampton – a President’s Special Award for Pandemic Service for exceptional engineering achievements in tackling COVID-19 throughout the UK (August 2020).
  • First-rate cyber security teaching at the University of Southampton has been recognised in December 2020 with a prestigious Gold Award in a new government programme from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
Key Facts
  • Established in 1862
  • Founded by Henry Robinson Hartley
  • Over 20,000 students

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