University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is one of the top 15 research universities in the UK and has achieved consistently high scores for its teaching and learning activities.  It is a research intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group of elite British universities.

The University of Southampton combines academic excellence with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to research, supporting a culture that engages and challenges students and staff in their pursuit of learning.

Southampton's record for success in spinning out its research excellence into business ventures has made it one of the leading entrepreneurial universities in the UK. Southampton's success in commercialising academic research has been favourably compared with top US university Stanford in a recent Library House study.  The University offers a huge range of services for businesses of all sizes and types from leading-edge research and consultancy to first-rate testing facilities.

Excel Southampton Placement Programme

The Excel Southampton Placement Programme provides students with 4-12 week placement opportunities over the Easter and/or summer vacation, all partially funded by the University. Third Sector and not-for-profit organisations may benefit from full funding for a four week placement.

The programme allows your organisation to target resources at a particular project, as well as giving you the chance to see talented students in action and build strong links with the University.

Projects are welcomed from all sectors and past placements have included a variety of diverse opportunities from communications and marketing to environmental research projects out in the field. The project needs to be something which is going to be beneficial to both your business and the intern, something which is clearly defined rather than just acting simply as ‘an extra pair of hands'.

The Placement Team works together with you to recruit a student and provides a point of contact throughout the duration of the placement. The Team will advertise your placement to the student body and screen applications to form an initial shortlist of candidates for you to invite to interview; this comes at no cost to your organisation.Once the preferred candidate has been chosen, the team will provide them with an induction day, covering IT training and professional etiquette.

If you wish to find out more about the Excel Southampton Placement Programme please contact the Placements Team at

Student Consultancy Programme

The University of Southampton offers a Student Consultancy Programme. The Programme provides a free service for firms and organisations, the scheme trains teams of students to deliver targeted solutions to an issue currently affecting the business.

The team will work with local businesses, public sector,charity and community organisations. The scheme is designed to help students develop and display key employability skills such as team work, communication, problem solving, self/time management, commercial awareness as well as giving students an insight into how businesses actually work. Comprehensive training will be provided by the programme.

Participating organisations will benefit from free access to university students who will explore and research business-specific problems on their behalf. These problems may exist due to the organisation having neither the time, nor the resource to dedicate to finding a solution. The Students will produce a consultancy report and prepare a presentation on their findings, offering a solution for the organisation that could have intrinsic, direct financial value (an idea, an improvement to process or operations), equally it may benefit the community. Projects could include marketing and promotion, web-site design,competitor/customer analysis, fundraising projects or schemes for local authorities.

If you would like to more about ways in which you could engage with the University of Southampton, such as on campus events or the University's Careers Fairs please contact

For more information contact:

University of Southampton


023 8059 5000




University Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

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