At the University of Southampton we believe in supporting our staff, and potential staff, from day one of their journey with us. We do this through a comprehensive and all-encompassing commitment to our people; baking equity, diversity and inclusion into all of our processes and strategies.

Please use the page below to explore information on our EDI offering, our Charters and Disability Confident certification, our culture, and our holiday allowance and other benefits.

We want you to know that the University of Southampton will support you, not only through your candidate journey, but beyond and into your career.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At the University of Southampton we pride ourselves on our commitment to EDI; embedding inclusive and equitable practises into the heart of everything that we do. We believe that fostering a culture of equality and respect is essential for creating an environment where all individuals can thrive, contribute, and succeed. We recognize and celebrate the unique backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and identities that each member of our community brings. We believe that diversity enriches the academic experience, stimulates innovation, and fosters understanding across cultures and disciplines.

Our dedication to equality is reflected in our recruitment practices, policies, and programs. Through all our recruitment activities we are always looking to further diversify our workforce, we know effective EDI strategy should go beyond legal compliance and take an intersectional approach to EDI and we actively seek to attract and retain a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.

We believe that by cultivating a diverse community, we can better address the complex challenges facing society and contribute to positive social change.

In addition to supporting you through your candidate journey, you can rest assured that the University of Southampton is a workplace dedicated to creating an inclusive environment where all individuals feel valued, respected, and empowered to fully participate in academic and social life. Proud to be a founding signatory of the Athena Swan gender equality charter we hold an institutional Silver and have recently been awarded the Race Equality Charter Bronze award. We are an Armed Forces Covenant signatory and welcome veterans. As a Disability Confident Leader we operate the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, if you apply under this scheme and meet the essential criteria for the role, you will automatically be invited to interview.

University Life

Enabling a good work-life balance for everyone is important to us. Here at Southampton, you’ll have the space to connect with colleagues, take a break in beautiful green areas, and enjoy sports and the arts.

“I am surrounded by supportive, creative colleagues who are all trying their hardest to make the world a better place. We are all on a journey of personal growth. Everyone’s journey looks slightly different – some love teaching and having a lasting impact on students; some want to facilitate their colleagues’ growth; some want to focus intently on their own personal research. I appreciate that no matter what the personal journey looks like, there is support and opportunities to try out different roles.”
Professor Age Chapman (she/her/hers) Professor of Computer Science, Head of the Digital Health and Biomedical Engineering group, School of Electronics and Computer Science

university life

Creativity Community

Committed to Creativity and our Community

We are deeply committed to our role as a civic university and the positive impact we make in Southampton and beyond.

In support of our Civic Agreement signed in March 2023, our staff and students are working in partnership with communities for mutual benefit across the region. We also provide opportunities for our staff, students and our local community to experience a wealth of arts and culture, including our John Hansard Gallery and Turner Sims.

Musicians from Chineke! Orchestra perform at Turner Sims Southampton pictured (image © Gerry Walden)

Our Staff Community

People are at the heart of our University, and we work hard to build a welcoming, supportive, inclusive and empowering community.
Joining one of our University-wide staff networks can be a good way to meet new people, be part of a supportive community, and be involved in something you’re passionate about.

“The sense of togetherness, common purpose, shared experience and ultimately support I’ve benefited from through the Disability Staff Network have been incredibly empowering. I would highly recommend joining a network.”
Dr Ronda Gowland-Pryde,
Public Engagement with Research Spectrum Manager,
Research and Innovation Services


Explore EDI

To explore our mission to create an inclusive university community further visit our EDI webpage

Ready to apply? Return to our Themes section to identify the right role for you.

Core Benefits

Voluntary Employee Benefits