Southampton Solent University

2015 League Table Ranking 114
2015 Overall Score 475
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Entry Standards 293 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.8 Help
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Research Assessment 1.49 Help
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Academic Services Spend 768 Help
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Student Satisfaction 3.86 Help
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Facilities Spend 499 Help
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Graduate Prospects 48.1 Help
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Degree Completion 76.4 Help
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Good Honours 61.1 Help
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Green Score 37.0 Help
Green Score
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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 enjoys 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 275 (2012–13).
  • 75% of full-time first degree entrants have A Levels as their highest qualification and 10.3% of UK undergraduate entrants' qualifiations were AAB or equivalent (2011–12).
  • SSU offers open access to those without formal qualifications, in particular mature students with previous work experience.

Student Mix

  • 59% male and 41% female, although these vary by individual faculty (2012–13).
  • Full-time population comprises 85% of students from the UK and 14% who are non-UK residents (2011–12).
  • Approximately 1,800 international students from 100 countries (2012–13)
  • 97.1% of full-time undergraduate entrants are from state schools, 36.5% are lower socio-economic groups, and 18% are from ethnic minorities (2012–13).
  • For every place on a full-time undergraduate course there are 4 applications (2012–13 entry).

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 high demand courses.

Teaching Standards

  • QAA Institutional Audit (June 2013) – highest possible outcome of 'confidence' awarded in both judgement areas.
  • In 2011–12 (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

  • More than 189 PhDs awarded to date, with a further 72 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. 

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.
  • More than 60 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.
  • State-of-the-art library facilities including new social learning spaces, the provision of a comprehensive graduate skills programme and extensive electronic resources enhance 24:7 availability.
  • Learning 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 online learning environment, email and library.

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 8031 9201 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.


  • FA Step 5 Football and American Football facility; award-winning cricket and rugby pitches; indoor cricket facility based at international cricket venue; 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 university coach education programme in England, with over 28 NGB awards offered Graduate Helena Lucas became Great Britain's first ever sailing gold medallist at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • Current Business student Kate Macgregor and graduate Paul Goodison sailed for Team GB at the London 2012 games. Graduate Katie-George Dunlevy competed for Ireland in the velodrome in the 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • Team Solent boxer, Greg Bridet won ABA Heavyweight title.
  • 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.
  • Three students are in contention for Commonwealth Games 2014 selection.
  • Team Solent Ryan Burl and Kieran Geyle represented Zimbabwe in the Under 19 Cricket World Cup.
  • Basia Dudek won Sports Volunteer of the Year award at the BUCS conference.
  • Team Solent Sharks wheelchair rugby team launched in 2013.
  • Full-time physiotherapy service for athlete support.
  • Team Solent Men’s Rugby are competing in Hampshire League Division 1.
  • Team Solent Yachting twice World Student Champions and windsurfing team BUCS champions 2013.
  • Team Solent Men’s Football plays in FA Step 6, and competes in FA Cup and FA Vase.
  • Team Solent Men’s Basketball plays in England Basketball League Division 2 and Women’s in League Division 2.
  • Acquisition of local authority sports development unit and school sports partnership has created a host of work placement and volunteer opportunities for undergraduates.
  • Southampton Talented Athlete Scheme launched in 2013 to support school-age sports stars.
  • Facilitate sport in over 70 of the region’s schools.

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 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. 

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • All part-time, full-time, volunteering and work experience opportunities options are advertised through Jobshop.
  • Plans to expand the Graduate Internship Scheme which currently offers 25 University-based jobs.
  • In depth guidance and careers advice is available daily by appointment with a professional Careers Adviser.
  • Dedicated job hunting advice is available on the website.
  • Daily support in locating and applying for part-time or full-time work is available at the Employment Desk on campus.
  • Excellent Graduate,

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 8031 9000
  • Southampton Solent University
    East Park Terrace
    SO14 0YN
UCAS Code S30

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