Southampton Solent University2014 League Table Ranking 113
2014 Overall Score 453
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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 new world-class ship handling centre on a 10-acre lake at Timsbury, near Romsey.
- The average UCAS Tariff Points on entry was 274 (2011–12).
- 84% 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.
- 58% male and 42% female, although these vary by individual faculty (2011–12).
- Full-time population comprises 84% of students from the UK and 16% who are non-UK residents (2011-12).
- Approximately 1,800 international students from 100 countries (2011-12)
- 96.2% of full-time undergraduate entrants are from state schools, 34.2% are lower socio-economic groups, and 17% are from ethnic minorities (2011-12).
- For every place on a full-time undergraduate course there are 4 applications (2012–13 entry).
- Full- and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses, short and CPD courses and foundation degrees.
- Virtual Learning Environment 'myCourse' gives access to online teaching materials, information, news and notices about students' individual course units.
- Solent On-Line (SOL) is being developed as a fully integrated on-line learning environment for students who study on distance or blended learning courses mostly off campus.
- HE entry courses in Nautical Science and Marine Engineering prepare students, without a formal A level background, both academically and professionally for entry onto respective HND courses.
- QAA Institutional Audit (December 2008) – 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.
- More than 180 PhDs awarded to date, with a further 72 students currently studying towards MPhil or PhD.
- Research and scholarship encompasses the criteria of applied innovation, employer engagement, practice-based outcomes and direct links to the taught curriculum.
- A distinctive curriculum which connects theory and practice, with emphasis on real world and real work learning experiences, giving graduates a combination of academic knowledge and professional employability skills.
- More than 60 of our courses are accredited by professional bodies.
- Official indicators show that over 88% of Solent's leavers were in employment or further study in 2012.
- A strong track record in business start ups. The University supports 40 new business start ups annually. Thirty of these businesses are still running three years after start up.
Student facilities, including library andcomputing
- 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, both PC and Mac, 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.
- Access Solent is a targeted advice and support service, working to support disabled students so they can achieve their academic potential.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)23 8031 9201 to discuss your support needs.
- The Students' Union supports and protects the rights of students and offers independent advice – from housing to academic matters
- 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.
- 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.
- New FA Step 5 Football and American Football facility opened in 2012. Award-winning cricket and rugby pitches.
- Indoor cricket facility based at international cricket venue.
- New High Performance Academy for elite athletes launched in 2012.
- Team Solent Men’s Rugby winners of Hampshire Leaque in 2013.
- Team Solent Yachting twice World Student Champions and windsurfing team BUCS champions 2012.
- 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.
- Team Solent Women’s Basketball and Men’s Cricket compete in BUCS Premier League. Scholarships available in basketball and cricket.
- Three fully-equipped gyms, activity rooms, two sports halls, climbing wall and squash courts. Purpose built watersports centre.
- Acquisition of local authority sports development unit and school sports partnership has created a host of work placement and volunteer opportunities for undergraduates.
- SLAs to facilitate sport in over 70 schools Largest Coach Education Programme within HE in England, with over 20 NGB awards offered.
- Health & Wellbeing programme for staff and students with over 40 fitness classes offered per week.
Recent/prospective new builds
- £100-m campus capital investment (2010–20). The University has spent in excess of £30m (capital) on the estate over the last five years – a £8-m spend on the estate during 2011–12.
- Acquisition of 2.3 acres of land to the side of the main University campus in the centre of Southampton for a new £25-m teaching and learning building due for completion in 2015.
- A new £1.4-m city centre site for the School of Art and Design operational September 2011, officially opened in June 2012.
- £4-m industry-standard, FA-accredited sports facility operational September 2011 officially opened in May 2012.
- A state-of-the-art media academy (£2m) – including newsroom, computer and video game design areas and photography, radio and music studios operational September 2012.
- World-leading £3-m shipping handling centre, one of only five in the world, was opened in Romsey in June 2011.
- A new exhibition space was opened at the heart of Southampton’s new culture quarter in November 2011.
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.
- 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.
- In depth guidance and careers advice is available daily by appointment with a professional Careers Adviser.
- Excellent Graduate Job South website for those looking to work locally after graduation.
- Jenny Packham – Leading fashion designer; a favourite with A-listers and royals.
- Paul Goodison – Olympic Gold medallist, Laser class sailing at Beijing 2008. Will be sailing for Team GB in 2012 games.
- Sean Yasbeck – Winner of 2006 The Apprentice (USA).
- The late David Quayle – B&Q Co-founder.
- Geoff Holt and Katie Miller – transatlantic record breaking sailors.
- 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.
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