University of Southampton (Soton)

United Kingdom (UK)

A leader in groundbreaking research, we drive original thinking, turn knowledge into action and impact, and create solutions to global challenges.

The University of Southampton is by any measure one of the world’s leading universities. We are consistently placed in the top 100 universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings.

Our University community is committed to the highest quality in everything we do. We have a global reputation for our passion and ability to work collaboratively in delivering world-class education, research and innovation that makes a real impact on society’s biggest challenges.

Over 97 per cent of our research was assessed in the latest Research Excellence Framework as being world-leading and internationally excellent, confirming our status as one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities. We have a strong culture of enterprise with over 40 per cent of our research activities involving industry collaboration; more than 150 international businesses have chosen us as a major research partner.

Our exceptional students share in the journeys of discovery at Southampton and become confident thinkers who can realise their full potential. We attract high-quality students from over 135 countries. Outside of the UK we educate students through our Malaysia Campus and collaborations with prestigious partners such as Xiamen University in China and Singapore Institute of Management. As students become graduates of the University they join our wider, global community of over 200,000 alumni and are able access a network that can provide further opportunities across the world.

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1 March 2016 - 28 February 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for University of Southampton (Soton) published between 1 March 2016 - 28 February 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

AC FC WFC
403 93.45 76.50

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 285 62.66 45.71
Chemistry 46 19.95 19.95
Earth & Environmental Sciences 45 10.56 10.56
Life Sciences 47 4.49 4.49

Highlight of the month: University of Southampton (Soton)

Was the Universe a giant hologram?

© Science Photo Library - MARK GARLICK/Brand X Pictures/Getty

© Science Photo Library - MARK GARLICK/Brand X Pictures/Getty

An international team of scientists has uncovered compelling evidence that our Universe could have started life as a hologram, a flat, two-dimensional surface that appears to have a third dimension, according to a study published in Physical Review Letters.

For more than four years the Planck satellite collected information from the electromagnetic radiation left over from the Big Bang, known as the ‘cosmic microwave background’. Now, an international team that included physicists from The University of Southampton, has used this data to investigate the origin and structure of our early Universe.

Finding irregularities between two- and three-dimensional models of the Universe, the researchers say the data suggest that in its very early stages, the Universe could have had a holographic structure that lasted for a few hundred thousand years after the Big Bang.

The study shines further light on the creation and structure of our early Universe, and could lead to a better understanding of how space and time emerged.

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  1. Physical Review Letters 118, 041301 (2017). doi: 10.1103/physrevlett.118.041301

View the article on the Nature Index

1 March 2016 - 28 February 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 21.78% Domestic
  • 78.22% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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