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Why work at University of Southampton

Here is your chance to be part of a friendly and inclusive community that is shedding light on the world and making it a better place.

Cutting-edge facilities make the university attractive, but it’s the passionate people working hard behind the scenes that make it shine, and the University of Southampton regards its 6,000 staff members as its greatest asset. 

The University of Southampton workforce is a diverse team that includes people of all ages and all racial, educational and social backgrounds. The university was the first to become an accredited Disability Confident employer, meaning it can ensure its recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to all. 

A step forward in your career

Southampton is a thriving city with a rich maritime heritage and a lively cultural scene. The centre is full of green open spaces and the campuses too are set in beautiful, leafy surroundings, all connected by a special bus service that offers discounted tickets to staff and students.  

You won’t get stuck in a rut here. Continued professional development is a core part of the university’s mission to support people in their future career aspirations – not just students, but the workforce too. All staff are given free access to a number of online resources, such as, which provides thousands of high-quality instruction videos covering IT software and business skills. 

At the University of Southampton, you will feel valued, your voice will be heard and your creative thinking rewarded, no matter what role you are in. “I get a great sense of achievement within my role as I have been allowed to make changes that impact on both the business and my team,” says catering supervisor Fritz. “This has resulted in improving the reputation and the working environment for my team.” 

A healthy work/life balance and great benefits

Is wellbeing and a healthy work/life balance high on your priority list? Here are some of the policies in place at the University of Southampton:

  • Flexible working
  • Career breaks
  • Job sharing
  • Leave relating to childcare responsibilities
  • Voluntary reduced hours
  • Compassionate and domestic leave
  • Financial support for staff training

Alongside a generous holiday allowance (giving you an extra 14 days on top of the standard 24-30 days’ entitlement you would receive after a qualifying period), benefits include an on-site nursery, cycle-to-work scheme and access to private dental and/or health insurance. One of the perks of being based in a world-class university is the huge range of sports and cultural activities on offer and, as a member of the team, you would be entitled to discounted sport and wellbeing membership and money off local shops, restaurants and service providers.

A variety of jobs across sectors

About a third of the workforce at the University of Southampton are in professional services, with opportunities available in human resources, finance, legal services, strategy and much more.

You could be working within the vital IT support service, maintaining all-important relationships with alumni, providing guidance to students or helping to run one of the world’s biggest research libraries. The communications, marketing and media teams manage and enhance the university’s global reputation while the estates and facilities teams do crucial work to keep the seven campuses operating smoothly day after day.

Whilst professional services make up a large portion of the University of Southampton workforce, Tate works with a number of sister brands to provide staff across a variety of occupations, including catering, hospitality, cleaning, software development and more.