The University of Southampton is a large, civic, research-intensive University with a strong international focus and a founding member of the Russell Group, employing 6,000+ staff and educating 25,000+ students annually. Located in one of the world’s most important port cities, we are the second largest employer in the area and contribute strongly to the region’s economy and social fabric. The University provides research expertise for local businesses, widens access to higher education, and is an important arts centre. A report by Biggar Economics (2018) estimated that the University generates a Gross Value-Added contribution to the UK of £2.5bn/year and supports 33,000 jobs.
Our mission is simple; to change the world for the better. We are renowned for our research and enterprise and have a vibrant innovation ecosystem fostering and developing entrepreneurial ambitions in our staff and students. With our own on-campus start-up accelerator – Future Worlds, through to the University of Southampton Science Park – an innovation hub for businesses at all stages of development. The University is highly recognised for its IP and commercialisation, research partnerships, and working with businesses; and is a founding member of the unique SETsquared enterprise partnership, the university business incubator ranked number one in the world by UBI Global, through which we support innovative and ambitious businesses from idea through to investment and scale-up.
Interested in collaborating with our staff or students, accessing our cutting-edge facilities or world leading research? Come and speak to the team during VFS21 or contact us firstname.lastname@example.org and find out how we can help you accelerate your innovation through collaboration.