Coldplay’s Will Champion: Southampton in world’s top 200

Southampton university has been named alongside Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge as one of the top 200 universities in the world.

The Times Higher Educational Supplement ranked Southampton 141st based on a survey of academics from all over the world who were asked to rate institutions on their research, graduate opportunities and ability to attract foreign students and internationally renowned lecturers.

Twenty-nine British universities appear on the list, with six, including Southampton, making their debut.

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Bill Wakeham, said: “I am delighted that Southampton’s global reputation for excellence has been recognised in this table.” The University is one of the UK’s top ten research universities.

Southampton’s continued commitment to academic excellence is evidenced through a new £2m archaeology building at Avenue Campus, and its hosting of the new Further Mathematics Centre for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight region.

The archaeology building boasts state-of-the-art teaching laboratories over three storeys. It was opened recently by Coldplay drummer Will Champion, whose late mother, Dr Sara Champion, worked for the department for almost three decades before losing her battle with cancer in 2000. His father is also currently a professor there. A crowd of over a hundred watched the emotional opening ceremony of the Crawford Building, in which a seminar room has been named in honour of Dr Champion.

Elsewhere Southampton’s students have also helped contribute to the city, as Southampton made the final of the Sexy in the City competition. The city won its regional heats over Portsmouth, Winchester and Brighton by being the most appealing to the nation’s 18-26 year olds. Apparently Southampton offers great nightlife, culture and local talent, partly being down to its status as a lively student city.

The competition, run by Young Persons Railcard, was eventually won by Oxford over last year’s winner Leeds.