Abroad Study - University of Southampton

Situated in the south coast of England in the city of Southampton, the University of Southampton has today grown to be one of the finest institutions for higher study in UK and Europe, specially known for its Enginnering schools. Established in 1862 as the Hartley Institution, it was upgraded to the status of a university college in 1902, and by a Royal Charter in 1952, was turned into a public research-intensive university. Today, with world class research and hundreds of students studying for their PhD, Masters and Undergraduate Degrees, the university truly lives up to its motto of Strenuis Ardua Cedunt (The Heights Yield to Endeavour).

The University of Southampton is a member of the Russell Group and of the Worldwide Universities Network. It has constantly been ranked as one of the best research universities in UK by its RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) assessments, and according to The Times Higher Education Supplement, the University has the second largest research income among British universities for the physical sciences and mathematics, and the third largest research income for engineering and technology. The University places great emphasis on inter-disciplinary cooperation and on collaboration with industry.

Before 1952, the University of London gave the degrees at Southampton and in a Royal Charter that year, the Queen granted the university of Southampton a right to award degrees in its own right. This conferred full university status and made Southampton independent of the University of London. It grew rapidly and gained a reputation for a strong academic approach.

The University's main buildings are situated on a large site on the campus in Highfield, but the University has other campuses elsewhere around the city: at Boldrewood (biomedical sciences), Southampton General Hospital and on the waterfront at the National Oceanography Centre.

It also has a campus in the nearby city of Winchester which is the home of the University's School of Art, known as the Winchester School of Art. The Avenue Campus houses most of the Humanities subjects taught at the University, including History, English, Film, Philosophy and Modern Languages. The Centre for Language Study is based at Avenue Campus. Archaeology is also located there in a series of purpose-designed buildings (the most modern archaeology facilities of any British university). Music is taught on the Highfield Campus, near the Turner Sims Concert Hall.

The University of Southampton and the MIT recently announced the launch of a long-term research collaboration, the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), that aims to produce the fundamental scientific advances necessary to guide the future design and use of the World Wide Web.

The School of Electronics and Computer Science, generally abbreviated "ECS", is regarded by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) as having the "biggest and strongest academic unit in the country in Electrical and Electronic Engineering" and has been at the forefront of the Open Access movement. Its research has achieved the top 5* rating in the last two Research Assessment Exercises, and in 2003 it was awarded the prestigious 'best 5*' rating by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Chaired by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the school is regarded as one of the best in the UK for both computer science and electronics, scoring 5th and 1st for the subjects respectively in the Guardian Unlimited University Guide 2008 and 5th and 2nd respectively by both the Times Online Good University Guide and the Good University Guide.

ECS was the first academic institution in the world to adopt a self-archiving mandate (2001) and since then much of its published research has been freely available on the Web. It created the first and most widely used archiving software (EPrints) which is used worldwide by 213 known archives and continues to be evolved and supported from the School.

The University of Southampton did particularly well (25th) on the G-factor metric, which uses Google links to measure the influence of universities' research. Southampton came third among British universities, behind Cambridge and Oxford.

The University of Southampton Students' Union (SUSU), is sited in three buildings opposite the main Library.The multiple award winning student radio station, Surge, broadcasts from new studios in the main Union building. The award winning website SUSU.org was created and run by students at the university. The student newspaper, originally Wessex News, is now published once every three weeks as Wessex Scene following a name change in 1996.

The University provides accommodation for all first year students who require it. Places in halls are also available for international and postgraduate students. Accommodation may be catered or self catered.

Notable academics to work at the university include Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, Erich Zepler who made leading contributions to radio receiver development, Professor David N. Payne who invented EDFA for use in fibre optics cables.

List of Faculties, Schools and Centres

The Tizard Building, home of the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

* Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics

o School of Chemistry
o School of Civil Engineering and the Environment (includes the centre for Environmental Sciences)
o School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)
o School of Engineering Sciences (includes Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Ship Science)
o School of Geography
o School of Mathematics
o School of Ocean and Earth Science (SOES)
o School of Physics and Astronomy
o Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR)
o Optoelectronics Research Centre
o Transportation Research Group (TRG)
o National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (home of the School of Ocean and Earth Science) (NOCS)
o Southampton E-Science Centre

* Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences

o School of Social Sciences
o School of Management - see below
o School of Education
o School of Law
o School of Art (based at Winchester School of Art)
o School of Humanities
o Parkes Institute
* Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
o School of Biological Sciences
o School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences
o School of Medicine
o School of Nursing and Midwifery
o School of Psychology
o Health Care Innovation Unit

* Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute

ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
The university has 24,735 students, 17,120 of whom are undergraduates and 7,615 postgraduates. Acceptance rates are low, which make it one of the most competitive universities in UK to get into. If you are planning to start classes in the upcoming Septemeber Session, its high time that you should start the application process. More information can be found in the university website: http://www.soton.ac.uk/


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