University of Southampton

southampton_generalThe University of Southampton is a British Russell Group university located in the city of Southampton, United Kingdom. The origins of the university can be dated back to the founding of the Hartley Institution in 1862 by Henry Robertson Hartley. In 1902, the Institution developed into the Hartley University College, with degrees awarded by the University of London. On 29 April 1952, the institution was granted a Royal Charter to give the University of Southampton full university status.

The university is a member of the Russell Group of research universities and the Worldwide Universities Network. It currently has over 17,000 undergraduate and 7,000 postgraduate students, making it the largest university by higher education students in the South East region. The main campus is located in the Highfield area of Southampton. Four other campuses are located throughout the city alongside the School of Art based in nearby Winchester.

The university has a strong emphasis on research, having one of the highest proportions of income derived from research activities in Britain. Southampton is highly regarded as a centre for educational excellence, ranking nationally as a top 20 university in various tables, and regularly rated in the top 10 of the National Student Survey. The university is also noted for its large array of indoor and outdoor sports facilities.


Chemistry and Physics at Southampton

2012_location_2Research in chemistry at Southampton is among the best in Europe. Southampton is one of only 13 UK universities listed in the Centre for Higher Education Development’s (CHE) 2010’s Excellence Ranking of European graduate programmes in chemistry. The ranking compares the best European university research facilities for prospective master and doctoral programme students. It is the second time the CHE has recognised Chemistry at Southampton — it was also awarded Excellence Group status in the inaugural CHE rankings in 2007.

Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton is world renowned for the work of its three major research groups. The Astronomy Group are world experts in the study of compact stellar objects. They observe x-ray and gamma-ray sources and are leaders in the Integral space mission. The Space Environment Physics Group within the Astronomy Group study the Earth’s upper atmosphere and magnetosphere and its interaction with the Sun. The Quantum Light & Matter Group explores how matter interacts at the smallest and fastest scales, and is partnered with two major internationally renowned centres: the UK NanoPhotonics Centre and the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC). The Theoretical Particle Physics Group’s work on fundamental physics was particularly highlighted in Southampton’s 5* RAE report. The group studies the strong and weak nuclear forces, and the origin of particle mass. The group is a leading player in the large UK Lattice QCD computer collaboration.


City of Southampton

southampton_citySouthampton is the largest city in the county of Hampshire on the south coast of England, and is situated 120 kilometres (75 mi) south-west of London and 30 kilometres (19 mi) north-west of Portsmouth. Southampton is a major port and the closest city to the New Forest. It lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water at the confluence of the River Test and River Itchen, with the River Hamble joining to the south of the urban area. The local authority is Southampton City Council, which is a unitary authority.

The city represents the core of the Greater Southampton region, and the city itself has an estimated population of 239,700 Southampton combines with Portsmouth to form a single metropolitan area; with a population of over a million this makes the region one of the United Kingdom’s most populous metropolitan areas.

Significant employers in Southampton include the University of Southampton, Southampton Airport, the Ford Transit factory, Ordnance Survey, BBC South, the NHS, ABP and Carnival. Southampton is noted for its association with the RMS Titanic, the Spitfire and more recently a number of the largest cruise ships in the world.


Marwell Hotel

marwell-hotelMarwell Hotel was built in 1989, the architect taking inspiration from Treetops in Africa to bring a colonial safari lodge to Hampshire. Being next door to the Wildlife Park the Hotel looked surprisingly at home in its woodland backdrop. The intention was always for the Hotel to be attractive to both leisure guests visiting the many attractions in the local area and business guests who could make use of the unique conference facilities and pleasant setting.

The Hotel was bought by the Bastian family in 1999 who had already built several other family businesses including farms, fish and chip shops, butchers shops and a large golf complex. The same simple rules of business were applied to Marwell and the Hotel was restored to its opening glory. Over the next 10 years the family employed experienced managers to front the Hotel under the watchful eye of hotel management company Bespoke Hotels. In 2010 it was decided that the family would take a more hands-on involvement in the day to day running of Marwell Hotel.

In July 2010, Oliver Bastian was appointed as the Resident Manager bringing with him an unsurpassed passion and commitment to customer service excellence. Marwell Hotel has since gone from strength to strength, offering a truly unique service that can only be expected from a family-owned and operated hotel.