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The University of Southampton (occasionally abbreviated as Soton) is a public university located in Southampton, England. Southampton is a research intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group of elite British universities.

The origins of the university date back to the founding of the Hartley Institution in 1862 following a legacy to the Corporation of Southampton by Henry Robertson Hartley. In 1902, the Institution developed into the Hartley University College, with degrees awarded by the University of London. On 29 April 1952, the institution was granted a Royal Charter to give the University of Southampton full university status. It is a member of the European University Association, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and is an accredited institution of the Worldwide Universities Network.

Besides being recognised as one of the leading research universities in the UK, Southampton has also achieved consistently high scores for its teaching and learning activities. It additionally has one of the highest proportions of income derived from research activities in Britain, and is regularly ranked in the top 100 universities in the world. As of 2014 Southampton is one of the few universities to achieve a top 20 UK position in the most established national and international rankings (along Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, UCL, LSE and Warwick).

The University of Southampton currently has over 17,000 undergraduate and 7,000 postgraduate students, making it the largest university by higher education students in the South East region. The University has seven teaching campuses. The main campus is located in the Highfield area of Southampton and is supplemented by four other campuses within the city: Avenue Campus housing the Faculty of Humanities, the National Oceanography Centre housing courses in Ocean and Earth Sciences, Southampton General Hospital offering courses in Medicine and Health Sciences, and Boldrewood Campus an engineering and maritime technology campus housing also the University's strategic ally Lloyd's Register. In addition, the University operates a School of Art based in nearby Winchester and an international branch in Malaysia offering courses in Engineering. Each campus is equipped with its own library facilities.

The University has over 5000 places at University owned halls of residence, spread over two main complexes and several other smaller halls located within a couple of miles from the University. The University of Southampton Students' Union, provides support, representation and social activities for the students ranging from involvement in the Union's four media outlets to any of the 200 affiliated societies and 80 sports. The University owns and operates a sports ground at nearby Wide Lane for use by students and also operates a sports centre on the main campus. Highfield Campus also houses three main art venues supported by the University and Arts Council England.






Southampton awards a wide range of academic degrees spanning academic degrees for bachelor's in a variety of degrees and master's degrees as well as junior doctorates and higher doctorates. The postnominals awarded are the degree abbreviations used commonly among British universities. The University is part of the Engineering Doctorate scheme, for the award of Eng. D. degrees.

Professional qualifications are also awarded, such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Short courses and professional development courses are run by many of the University's Academic Schools and Research Centres.

The University works closely with members of the Armed Forces. It provides professional military educators in the British Army to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). The University also works with the Royal Navy to provide training and qualifications towards Chartered Engineer status.




Southampton is the only UK university in which every engineering department has received the top 5* rating for research. It is cited as being the UK's leading university for engineering. The Guardian ranked the university at number 1 in the UK for Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2011.




Southampton is a member of the Russell Group, a network of research-led British universities. The university conducts research in most academic disciplines and is home to a number of notable research centers. Southampton has leading research centers in a number of disciplines, e.g. Computer Sciences, Engineering or Management Sciences, and houses world-leading research institutions in fields as varied as Oceanography and Web Science.





Dan Hook - 6 October 2014 Porstmouth - Admiral Sir George Zambellas, KCB, DSC, ADC, DL First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, opened a new 24,000ft (ASV workshop facility in Portchester, UK., with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.

ASV Global was formerly based at Trafalgar Wharf. The new facility is equipped with mechanical and electrical workshops, electronics lab, and software design suites. There is also a 24 hour mission control room for autonomous operations. Earlier in 2014 ASV signed an enabling agreement with QinetiQ to continue supplying marine target boats for use on MOD ranges.

A former Southampton Uni student, managing director of ASV, Dan Hook is quoted as saying: "2014 has been our biggest year yet, we now have over 40 members of staff, opened a US arm of the business: ASV LLC, and have lots of exciting projects on the horizon." "There is growing interest around maritime autonomous systems and their potential. This new facility puts ASV in the best position with the latest equipment and technology to provide the vehicles to meet this international demand."

ASV has built over 60 unmanned vehicles for international military and security, oil and gas and science industries across the globe. One of the latest vessels, the C-Enduro was last week featured on the BBC news as taking part in the UK's biggest ever deployment of unmanned marine vessels.





he National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (often abbreviated to NOCS) is located in Southampton Docks some three miles south of the main University campus. The campus is home of the University's Ocean and Earth Sciences department and is also a campus of the Natural Environment Research Council's research institute, the National Oceanography Centre. Five of the National Oceanography Centre's research divisions are based on the campus.

Planning of the campus began in 1989 and was completed in 1994 due to cuts and uncertainties whether a national research centre could be successfully integrated with a university. It was opened in 1996 by the Duke of Edinburgh. The campus was also the base for the NERC purpose-built research vessels RRS James Cook and until recently the RRS Discovery and the RRS Charles Darwin.




Merchant and naval ships, leisure craft, offshore structures, wind/water energy harvesting structures, submarines, submersibles and, even, fish and swimmers are typical examples of engineering systems that we consider. Our work encompasses hydrodynamics, structures and materials and their integration for the design, production and operation of these engineering systems, taking into account environmental, economic, social and safety related factors. Consequently, apart from engineers, we work closely with a wide range of scientists in the UK and abroad, such as oceanographers, biologists, geographers, economists, and marine archaeologists, in both our teaching and research activities.

Protection of the environment provides an important motivation for our endeavours and interests. Development of low carbon marine systems, more efficient/alternative propulsion systems, wave and wind energy extraction methods and systems, new materials sustainable over a life cycle, and carbon sequestration are examples of such initiatives. These activities inform our teaching and provide our students with opportunities in carrying out projects in exciting and stimulating areas that are important for the future of engineering and the planet. They also provide a platform for developing and applying our multidisciplinary research methodology.




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Kevin Forshaw - started engaging in technology transfer for the maritime sector over 15 years ago when he established a Marine Thematic Group within the EC Innovation Relay Centre. He has since worked for 4 Universities, including Southampton, where he headed up Industry Engagement for the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute. During this period, Kevin has established many industry / University collaborative research projects developing new technologies for maritime companies, that have leveraged £ millions of public funded support. Kevin is now Head of Enterprise at the UK National Oceanography Centre where he is heading up engagement with Marine Autonomous Systems related companies for the centre's Marine Autonomy and Robotic Systems Innovation Centre: MARSIC.








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