University of Southampton

About University

The University of Southampton has its origin as the Hartley Institution which was formed in 1862 from a benefaction by Henry Robinson Hartley (1777–1850). Hartley had inherited a fortune from two generations of successful wine merchants.] At his death in 1850, he left a bequest of £103,000 to the Southampton Corporation for the study and advancement of the sciences in his property on Southampton’s High Street, in the city centre.
Hartley was an eccentric straggler, who had little liking of the new age docks and railways in Southampton. He did not desire to create a college for many (as formed at similar time in other English industrial towns and commercial ports) but a cultural centre for Southampton’s intellectual elite. After lengthy legal challenges to the Bequest, and a public debate as to how best interpret the language of his Will, the Southampton Corporation choose to create the Institute (rather than a more widely accessible college, that some public figures had lobbied for).
On 15 October 1862, the Hartley Institute was opened by the Prime Minister Lord Palmerston in a major civic occasion which exceeded in splendor anything that anyone in the town could remember. After initial years of financial struggle, the Hartley Institute became the Hartley College in 1883. This move was followed by increasing numbers of students, teaching staff, an expansion of the facilities and registered lodgings for students.



Top 15 UK university; Top 100 in the world


University of Southampton

University Road


SO17 1BJ

United Kingdom


  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Humanities
  • Winchester School of Art
  • Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Electronics and Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Geography and Environmental Science
  • Health Sciences (nursing, midwifery, allied health professionals)
  • Ocean and Earth Sciences
  • National Oceanography Centre
  • Psychology
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Southampton Medical School
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Economic, Social and Political Sciences
  • Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Southampton Business School
  • Southampton Education School
  • Southampton Law School


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Posted on

March 16, 2022