Solent University

Solent University
Solent University (Emblem)
Motto Scintill Tuus Imaginationem (Latin)
Motto in English
Spark Your Imagination
Type Public
Established 2018 - Change of name to Solent University
2004 – Granted University status
1984 – Southampton Institute of Higher Education
1855 – Southampton College of Art
Endowment £0.81 m (2015)[1]
Chancellor Theo Paphitis [2]
Vice-Chancellor Graham Baldwin
Students 11,060 HE (2016/17)[3]
Undergraduates 10,545 (2016/17)[3]
Postgraduates 515 (2016/17)[3]
Other students
6,815 FE[4]
Location Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
50°54′29″N 1°24′04″W / 50.908°N 1.401°W / 50.908; -1.401Coordinates: 50°54′29″N 1°24′04″W / 50.908°N 1.401°W / 50.908; -1.401
Campus Urban, City Campus
Colours Dark red and black
Athletics BUCS Head and Regatta
BUCS South Eastern
BUCS Western Conference 3A
Snows Group Hampshire 2
Affiliations Universities UK

Solent University (formerly Southampton Solent University) is a public university based in Southampton, United Kingdom. It has approximately 11000 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.[5]


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.[6][7][7][8] 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.[9] In November 2017, the Privy Council approved the change of name of Southampton Solent University to Solent University, with effect from 2018.[10]


Solent University has two campuses, City Campus and the Warsash Maritime Academy. City Campus faces East Park in the centre of Southampton. Warsash Maritime Academy is on the eastern bank of the Hamble River overlooking Southampton Water.[11]

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 (opened in 1995 and named after Southampton's first female mayor Lucia Foster Welch[12][13])

All the halls are located a short walk 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 the Southampton Civic Centre.[14]

Academic profile

Solent university's maritime courses have been ranked among the best in the world.[15] The university conducts undergraduate and post graduate level courses on Maritime Business, Supply chain management, Logistics and Maritime law.[16]

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.[17] 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.


Global rankings
(2019, national)
The Guardian[19]
(2019, national)
Times/Sunday Times[20]
(2018, national)
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework[21] Silver

Solent ranks 57th out of 90 universities in Media courses.[22]


The University also has a dedicated research and innovation unit, providing cohesive support for research and innovation through a researcher development programme and the Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Awards. [23]

It is a centre of applied research in design and advanced technology, geography, maritime, fine art, history of collecting, film, media and cultural studies, law and a broad range of business disciplines.

Business and society

Currently, the growth areas for business and society research are the ‘visitor economy’, SME partnerships, international economic development and entrepreneurship, as well as research into criminality, drug use, cyber-crime, and other contemporary areas of academic interest. [24]

Student life

Student media

The student media outlets at Solent University are covered by the umbrella brand of 'Sonar Media'. These outlets are considered Special Status Societies within the Students' Union and are run entirely by students. The four societies under the brand include Radio Sonar, the student radio station; SonarTV, the student television station; Sonar Magazine, the student magazine; and Sonar Film, the student-run cinema.[25] Solent's University Life has been featured in several The Daily Touch articles - courtesy of StudentCrowd [26]

TV station

The student-run Television Station operated under the name SonarTV. The station was founded in 2009 as part of the student media rebrand within the Students' Union. SonarTV are the only outlet within the university that can affiliate with NaSTA (The National Student Television Association), and in 2012 was selected to be joint host for the first ever NaSTAvision broadcast with Staffs TV of Staffordshire University.[27] At the 2013 NaSTA Awards, they placed 3rd for Best Broadcaster in the 40th annual edition of the NaSTA Awards, hosted by XTV of Exeter University

Radio station

The student run Radio Station is called Radio Sonar. The University radio station was founded by Giacomo Shimmings in 1998 and was originally known as Sin FM. the name came from the first 28-day FM radio licence held by the station. After applying for a Low Powered AM (LPAM) licence, the station changed its name to Sin Radio and at the same time became an online radio station. The name of the station was changed in 2009 to Radio Sonar. The rename was in conjunction with all Student Union media, part of Sonar Media rebrand. Radio Sonar has won the prestigious "Outstanding Contribution to Student Radio" at the National Student Radio Conference in 2010 and again in 2011. in 2012 Mel Lewis won Best Female Presenter. Radio Sonar was nominated in the 2014 SRA awards for 'Best Chart Show' and achieved 3rd place.


The university has a long tradition of achieving at sailing and has won the student national yachting championships on numerous occasions.

Notable alumni


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