Solent University (formerly Southampton Solent University) is a public university based in Southampton, United Kingdom. It has approximately 18,500 students. Its main campus is located on East Park Terrace near the city centre and the maritime hub of Southampton.
Solent University students are represented by Solent Students’ Union, which is based on the East Park Terrace campus.
The university’s origins can be traced back to a private School of Art founded in 1856, which eventually became the Southampton College of Art. Mergers with the Southampton College of Technology, and later the College of Nautical Studies at Warsash, led to the establishment of the Southampton Institute of Higher Education in 1984.
Southampton Institute became a university on 12 July 2005, adopting its current name on 15 August 2005. Prior to 2005, students at Southampton Institute received degrees awarded by Nottingham Trent University. In 2015 the University came to an agreement with New College of the Humanities, London whereby it will validate some of their degrees.
Southampton Solent university’s maritime courses have been ranked among the best in the world. The university conducts undergraduate and post graduate level courses on Maritime Business, Supply chain management, Logistics and Maritime law.
The university also has courses on media, marketing, sports and business. It works with local business and professional bodies (for example the British Computer Society, Creative Skillset and the PTC).
The student yachting team has often consisted of Olympians and are previous world champions. Other courses at the university with an established reputation amongst academics include Journalism and Photography, both of which are accredited by industry bodies and professionally recognised.
Southampton Solent University continues to offer research degree awards validated by the Nottingham Trent University.
74% of full-time first degree entrants have A levels as their highest qualification (2014–15).
Solent offers open access to those without formal qualifications, in particular mature students with previous work experience.
With a broad-based academic subject portfolio including business and technology, the university is building on its niche areas of excellence in the creative industries, sport and maritime.
57 courses are accredited by professional bodies.
Official indicators show that over 90.7 % of Solent leavers were in employment or further study in 2014.
The distinctive curriculum connects theory and practice, with emphasis on real world and real work learning experiences. Graduates gain a combination of academic knowledge and professional employability and entrepreneurial skills.
The university has a strong track record in business start-ups and supports 40 new businesses annually.
QAA Institutional Audit (June 2013) – ‘confidence’ awarded in all four judgement areas.
In 2013–14 (as in previous years) all external examiners confirmed that the academic standards of the university’s awards continued to be appropriate, secure and comparable with the UK university sector as a whole.
Teaching, academic support, learning resources, personal development, and overall satisfaction were all rated 4/5 for student satisfaction in the 2015 NSS.
Employability and Enterprise activities are available to all students as part of their academic courses. There is additional support through workshops, drop-ins and bookable one-to-one career appointments.
Students wishing to set up their own businesses or become freelancers are supported by a number of initiatives, including the university’s creative agency, Solent Creatives, and the Re:So store – first fully student-operated retail initiative in a UK shopping centre.
Budding entrepreneurs can also access a wide range of extra-curricular support through the Solent Entrepreneur Programme.