University of Southampton

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The University of Southampton is a "red-brick" British public university located in the city of Southampton, England. The origins of the university can be dated back to the founding of the Hartley Institution in 1862 by Henry Robertson Hartley. In 1902 the Institution developed into the Hartley University College, with degrees awarded by the University of London[3]. On 29 April 1952, HM Queen Elizabeth II, granted a Royal Charter to give the University of Southampton full university status. This was the first Royal Charter granted by HM Queen Elizabeth II on her accession to the throne.

The university is a member of the Russell Group of research universities and the Worldwide Universities Network. It currently has over 17,000 undergraduate and 7,000 postgraduate students[2], making it the largest university by higher education students in the South East region. The main campus is located in the Highfield area of Southampton. Four other campuses are located throughout the city alongside the School of Art based in nearby Winchester.

The university has a strong emphasis on research, having one of the highest proportions of income derived from research activities in Britain[4]. Southampton is highly regarded as a centre for educational excellence, ranking nationally as a top 20 university in various tables[5][6][7][8], and regularly rated in the top 10 of the National Student Survey[4]. In recent years it has been rated as a top 100 university in the world according to the Times Higher Education Table[9], and in 2010 QS World University Rankings[10] ranked the university 81st overall in the world.

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