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Southampton Solent University
Established 2004 - granted University status
1984 - Southampton Institute of Higher Education
1855 - Southampton College of Art
Type Public
Endowment £96,000[1]
Chancellor Lord West of Spithead
Vice-Chancellor Professor Van Gore
Students 17,455[2]
Undergraduates 9,990[2]
Postgraduates 650[2]
Other students 6,815 FE[2]
Location Southampton, Hampshire, UK
Campus Urban

Southampton Solent University is a university of 17,000 students based in Southampton, United Kingdom. Its main campus is located on East Park Terrace near the city centre. It is a centre of applied research in design and advanced technology, maritime, fine art, history of collecting, film, media and cultural studies, political and international studies, law and a broad range of business disciplines. The university strives to work with local business and professional bodies (for example the British Computer Society and the PTC) to keep the qualifications it provides relevant and immediately useful upon graduation.

The university has strong maritime courses[3] and the student yachting team are previous world champions, finishing in 4th place in 2007.[4]

Solent University students are represented by Solent Students' Union (previously known as Southampton Institute Students' Union/SISU), which is based on the East Park Terrace campus [5]

The 2010 Good University Guide placed Solent at 111 out of 114 institutions in the UK.[6]



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. (The School of Art was founded seven years before the Hartley Institution – the origin of University of Southampton.) 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, and adopted its current name on 15 August that year.[7][8] [9][8] Prior to 2005, students at Southampton Institute received degrees awarded by Nottingham Trent University.

Southampton Solent University continues to offer research degree awards validated by the Nottingham Trent University.[10]

Halls of Residence

The University has six major student Halls complexes:

  • Chantry
  • Deanery
  • Emily Davies
  • Hamwic
  • Kimber (incorporating the David Moxon Annexe)
  • Lucia Foster Welch

All are located away from the main teaching buildings. Five of the six halls are located South East of the city centre, between the St Mary's and Ocean Village areas of the Southampton, while Emily Davies is located to the north west of the city centre, near to the Southampton Civic Centre.[11]

Solent Students' Union

The Union forms an integral part of student representation within the University. It is made up of 4 sabbatical officers; President, Vice President Activities, Vice President Communications & Vice President Student Support and 6 non-sabbatical officers; 1x Equal Opportunities officer and 5x Open Portfolio officers, as well as several full-time, permanent members of staff.

The President is the students' representative on the Board of Governors and other Sabbatical Officers attend University committees such as Academic Board, Faculty Boards and Course Committees to ensure effective representation for all students - full and part time, undergraduate and postgraduate.

There are many clubs and societies which are funded through the Union and run by students. Facilities and services include the Student Advice Centre which offers a comprehensive and confidential information and advice service to students, a Student Shop, a Copy Shop, two cash-point machines and a photo booth.

Entertainment is provided by the Union, with balls, themed nights and various social meetings taking place throughout the year. The Students' Union holds many formal events over the year including the Freshers Ball, Graduation Ball and the Summer Festival.

The summer of 2007 saw the refurbishment of the middle floor, with the Executive officers residing there, as well as Sin Radio, a Student Union Shop and Wifi Lounge [12]

During September 2009 SinRadio was rebranded as Radio Sonar as part of the Students Union's media brand, Sonar Media.[13]

Academic rankings

Acamemic rankings are compiled via looking at statistics provided by the universities, then applying importance to those and creating tables from them. This is an interpretive process, so the score / rank changes per source quoted below. The Times uses Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data.

UK University Rankings
2009 2008 2007 2006
Times Good University Guide 111 / 113[14] 105 / 113[15] 107 / 109[16]
Guardian University Guide 109= / 117[17] 113 / 122[18] 106 / 122[19]
Sunday Times University Guide 116 / 123[20] 106 / 123 107 / 119[21]
Daily Telegraph 106 / 113[22]
Independent - Complete University Guide 95 / 113th[23] 106 / 113

Notable alumni

  • Sean YazbeckThe Apprentice (US Season 5), winner
  • Ricky Whittle — Actor (Currently starring in Hollyoaks as Calvin Valentine)
  • German Frers Jr. — Naval architect
  • David QuayleB&Q Co-founder
  • Pamela Blundell — Fashion Designer [24]
  • Bill Dixon — Yacht and boat designer
  • Ed Dubois — Yacht and boat designer [24]
  • Rob Humphreys — Yacht designer
  • Peter Long — CEO, Thomson & First Choice Holidays [24]
  • Jenny Packham — Fashion Designer [24]
  • Bobby Parks — Former Hampshire and England cricketer
  • Jemish Patel — TV presenter
  • Ricky Boleto — Reporter and presenter (BBC Newsround)[25]
  • Jonathan Ross — TV and Radio presenter[26]
  • Marcelino Botín - Yacht desinger
  • Juan Messeguer - Yacht designer
  • Juan Kouyoumdjian - Yacht designer
  • Shaun Carkeek - Yacht designer

Honorary graduates

The University has awarded several honorary degrees to "those who have made an outstanding contribution to the fields of education, arts, sports, maritime studies and engineering".[27] These include cricketers Shane Warne (Doctorate), David Gower and Robin Smith (Masters of Arts) and Southampton footballing greats Matthew Le Tissier and Lawrie McMenemy (Masters of Business Administration). The University has also awarded an honorary Doctorate in Business Administration to Paralympic athlete Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, made Formula One racing commentator Murray Walker a Doctor of Letters, and in summer 2007, Ben Ainslie was made a Doctor of Sport in recognition of his sailing achievements. Also in 2007, television presenter and journalist Fiona Phillips was awarded a Master of Arts degree, and former Director General of the BBC Greg Dyke made a Doctor of Arts.[28][29]. R&B singer and songwriter Craig David received an honorary Doctorate in Music in November 2008 in recognition of his contributions to the local scene.[30] In 2009, an honorary Doctor of Arts was awarded to Scott Mills for his services to broadcasting,[31] and to Kathy Lette "for her outstanding writing career".[32]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2006/07" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Southampton Solent University Guardian Profile". The Guardian.,9988,491283,00.html. 
  4. ^ "University Profile". The Times. 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  5. ^ "Solent Students' Union Official website". 
  6. ^ "The Good University Guide 2010". The Good University Guide. 
  7. ^ "About Us". Southampton Solent University. 2006-02-12. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  8. ^ a b "Southampton Solent University". Contensis. 2005-10-10. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  9. ^ "About Us". Southampton Solent University. 2006-02-12. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  10. ^ Qualifications by Research
  11. ^ "Student Residences". Southampton Solent University. 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  12. ^ "Southampton Solent University Official website". 
  13. ^ "Radio Sonar online newsletter, September 2009". 
  14. ^ [ "Times University Guide"]. The Times. 
  15. ^ Times Good University Guide 2008 Retrieved on 2008-03-21
  16. ^ Times Good University Guide 2007 Retrieved on 2008-03-21
  17. ^ "The Guardian University Guide 2009 explained". The Guardian.,,2276673,00.html. 
  18. ^ Guardian University Guide 2008 Retrieved on 2008-03-21
  19. ^ Guardian University Guide 2006 Retrieved on 2008-03-21
  20. ^ Sunday Times University Guide 2008 Retrieved on 2008-03-21. Updated 2008-09-29
  21. ^ Sunday Times University Guide 2006 Retrieved on 2008-03-21
  22. ^ Daily Telegraph University league table (Last Updated: 1:50am BST 30/07/2007) Retrieved on 2008-03-21
  23. ^ "The Independent University League Table". The Independent. 
  24. ^ a b c d Southampton Solent University - A-Z Unis & Colleges, Getting Into University -
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  27. ^ "Honorary Graduates". Southampton Solent University. Retrieved 28 July 2008. 
  28. ^ "Shane Warne bowled over by Honorary Doctorate from Southampton Solent University". Southampton Solent University. 12 September 2006. Retrieved 12 August 2007. 
  29. ^ "Ben Ainslie Awarded Honorary Degree at Southampton Boat Show". Southampton Solent University. 14 September 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2007. 
  30. ^ "Craig David Receives honorary degree". Southampton Solent University. 
  31. ^ "Scott Mills gets degree from Southampton Solent University" by Jon Reeve, Southern Daily Echo (27 October 2009)
  32. ^ "Southampton Solent University awards honorary degree to Kathy Lette ", Southampton Solent University (6 November 2009)

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