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Southampton Solent University

2016 League Table Ranking 122
2016 Overall Score 412
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Entry Standards 272 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Quality 1.63 Help
Research Quality
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Academic Services Spend 865 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.91 Help
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Facilities Spend 556 Help
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Graduate Prospects 50.0 Help
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Degree Completion 76.8 Help
Degree Completion
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Good Honours 59.9 Help
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Green Score 41.0 Help
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  • Southampton Solent University (SSU) gained university status in July 2005.
  • Its origins can be traced to a private School of Art founded in 1855, which became Southampton College of Art.
  • Mergers with the Southampton College of Technology and the College of Nautical Studies led to the establishment of Southampton Institute in 1984.

Location and Transport

  • The main campus enjoys a lively city centre location, close to Southampton’s nightlife, shops, entertainment and cultural landmarks.
  • Southampton has the advantage of excellent road, rail, sea and air links. By rail we are just 75 minutes from London, 60 minutes from Portsmouth, 30 minutes from Basingstoke, Bournemouth and Salisbury and only 15 minutes from Winchester.
  • The University’s Warsash Maritime Academy and Watersports Centre are ideally located at the mouth of the River Hamble. A world-class ship handling centre operates from a 10-acre lake at Timsbury, near Romsey.

Entry Standards

  • The average UCAS Tariff Points on entry was 272 (2013–14).
  • 76% of full-time first degree entrants have A Levels as their highest qualification (2013–14).
  • SSU offers open access to those without formal qualifications, in particular mature students with previous work experience.

Student Mix

The 11,725 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • A wide range of full- and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses, short and CPD courses and foundation degrees.
  • A comprehensive student portal giving access to a wide range of on-line services and information.
  • Virtual Learning Environment 'myCourse' gives access to online teaching materials, information, news and notices about students' individual course units.
  • Solent On-Line (SOL) a specialist and fully integrated on-line learning environment for distance or blended learning students, studying remotely.
  • Extensive range of top-up and extended degrees.
  • Multiple start dates for PGT courses and some extended degrees. For further information visit our website.

Teaching Standards

  • 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.

Research Standards

  • Research is to be the foundation of our curriculum, it informs our teaching and contributes to innovation of regional, national or international significance.
  • More than 189 PhDs awarded to date, with a further 61 students currently studying towards MPhil or PhD.
    • Research and scholarship encompasses a wide range of applied research, addressing organisation, educational, engineering, maritime, sport, heath, societal and cultural issues as well as practice-based research in art and design with direct links to the taught curriculum.
  • A new Research and Innovation Office has recently been established.
  • In the 2014 REF two completely new areas of research were assessed. Communication, Cultural and Media Studies achieved ‘world-leading’ status and Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism was recorded as ‘internationally excellent’. These were in addition to the existing research areas of Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory which included areas assessed as ‘world-leading’ and General Engineering, which included ‘internationally excellent’ research areas.

Academic Strengths

  • 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.
  • 49 of our courses are accredited by professional bodies.
  • Official indicators show that over 86.1% of Solent's leavers were in employment or further study in 2013.
  • 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.

Student Facilities

  • The University’s comprehensive and inclusive range of support mechanisms for students, was identified as an example of best practice by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
  • Excellent library facilities including social learning spaces and quiet study spaces, the provision of a comprehensive graduate skills programme and extensive electronic resources enhance 24:7 availability.
  • Learning Resource centres and a dedicated wireless network provides students with the IT resources they require to succeed.
  • Specialist IT and computing resources are available within faculties to support course requirements.
  • Online student portal provides a single point of access to a number of online services and personalised information, including the University’s virtual learning environment, email and library resources.

Disability Services

  • Access Solent is a targeted advice and support service, working to support disabled students so they can achieve their academic potential.
  • Email or telephone +44 (0)23 8201 3201 to discuss your support needs.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union supports and protects the rights of students and offers independent advice – from housing to academic matters. For more information, please visit our website.
  • A hub of activities for students offering social events and opportunities for building skills and experience through clubs, societies volunteering and in the running of Union itself.


  • International recognised football-related teaching and research.
  • The Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research is one of the country’s leading research and consultancy centres.
  • Ranked first in the UK for student satisfaction on health, exercise and sport science degrees in the 2012 National Student Survey.
  • Official University Partner of Southampton Football Club.
  • Carries out pre-season sport science testing for the region’s professional football clubs, including Southampton, AFC Bournemouth and Reading.
  • FA Step 5 Football and American Football facility; High Performance Academy for elite athletes; three fully-equipped gyms, activity rooms, two sports halls, climbing wall and squash courts; and purpose built RYA accredited water sports centre.
  • Physiology laboratory awarded British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accreditation -the leading UK professional body in sport and exercise sciences.
  • Largest coach education programme in HE in England, with NGB awards offered in nearly 30 sports.
  • Southampton Talented Athlete Scheme launched in 2013 to support school-age sports stars.
  • Acquisition of local authority sports development unit and school sports partnership has created a host of work placement and volunteer opportunities for undergraduates (over 5,000 in the past 6 months). Facilitates sport in over 70 of the region’s schools.

Notable sporting students and alumni and achievements:

  • Alumnus Paul Goodison won sailing gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
  • Alumnus Helena Lucas became Great Britain's first ever sailing gold medallist at the 2012 Paralympic Games
  • Team Solent boxer Greg Bridet won Elite Senior ABA Heavyweight title 2013 and is part of Team GB Podium Potential Squad.
  • Team Solent Yachting have been twice World Student Champions.
  • Team Solent gymnast Kelly Simm won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
  • Abi Davies member of Team GB Bobsleigh Squad.
  • Female footballer Holly Augustus first team squad Arsenal Ladies.
  • Ice-hockey player, Stuart Mogg, represented GB in the World Student Winter Games 2013.
  • Team Solent high-jumper, Matt Watson selected for GB senior squad.
  • Team Solent gymnast, Laura Edwards won silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
  • Sam Bass-Cooper, pole vaulter nationally ranked no 4 in the country U20’s.
  • Miles Pearson Wheelchair Rugby London 2012.
  • International sailors Sam Batten and Stephanie Orgon, both Team GB Podium Potentials.
  • Team Solent Kieran Geyle represented Zimbabwe in the Under 19 World Cup.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • £100-m campus capital investment (2010–20). The University has spent in excess of £41m (capital) on the estate over the last five years – a £7-m spend on the estate during 2012–13.
  • A new £30-m teaching and learning building is under construction and due for completion in 2015.
  • A new £1.4-m city centre site for the School of Art and Design £4-m industry-standard, FA-accredited sports facility, a £2-m state-of-the-art media academy – including newsroom, computer and video game design areas and photography, radio and music studios.
  • World-leading £3-m shipping handling centre, one of only five in the world.
  • A new exhibition space at the heart of Southampton’s new culture quarter.
  • A £4-m refurbishment and relocation of Solent Business School (2014–17).
  • Planned projects include a new indoor sports centre and a student hub.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Part-time, volunteering and work experience opportunities suitable for our students are advertised on the University’s Jobs Dashboard on the Portal.
  • We also host a jobs site to help our graduates find graduate level jobs.
  • Since 2006 we have employed up to 30 SSU graduates per year, internally as Graduate Associates and Graduate Assistants, as well as supporting our graduates into work with local businesses and charities.

Careers Guidance

  • Employability and Enterprise activities are available to all students as part of their academic courses, and all students are supported in their career aspirations with 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 programmes and initiatives supported across the campus both in-curricular (such as the University’s creative agency, Solent Creatives and Re:So, the UK’s only student-run shop) and extracurricular with the Solent Graduate Entrepreneur Programme.

Notable Alumni

  • Jenny Packham – Leading fashion designer; a favourite with A-listers and royals.
  • Helena Lucas – Great Britain’s first ever sailing gold medallist at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • Paul Goodison – Olympic Gold medallist, Laser class sailing at Beijing 2008.
  • Sean Yasbeck – Winner of 2006 The Apprentice (USA).
  • The late David Quayle – B&Q Co-founder.
  • Geoff Holt - transatlantic record breaking sailor.
  • Pamela Blundell – fashion designer.
  • Bobby Parks – former Hampshire and England cricketer.
  • Peter Long – former First Choice holidays CEO.
  • Ed Dubois and Bill Dixon – leading yacht and boat designers.

For further information

  • +44 (0)23 8201 3000
  • Southampton Solent University
    East Park Terrace
    SO14 0YN
UCAS Code S30

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