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Southampton Solent University  
General Information

1.1 Education Philosophy:

Southampton Solent University values:

High-quality teaching and learning

Through full engagement with the learning and teaching process; appropriate feedback for all assessments; participation in personal and professional development opportunities; and valuing and celebrating all achievement. 

Supportive atmosphere

Through access to a range of services that will help all students participate fully, including the Students’ Union, Student Support Network, chaplaincy, health and wellbeing, financial advice and careers guidance.

High quality learning environment

Through the provision of facilities that are fit for purpose; staff who are professionally current and committed to their students; and students who are willing to work constructively with each other, their tutors and independently to enhance their learning experience.


Through the provision of accessible spaces to meet the diverse needs of our students and staff; a range of screening, assessment, learning and disability support; and a commitment to equal opportunities, supporting students and staff to succeed. 

Transparency and openness

Through encouraging and valuing all views via consultation and feedback in committees, focus groups and surveys; by providing information through a variety of media including the academic handbook, course handbook and on the portal; and through an accessible means of addressing concerns through the student academic appeals and complaints procedures.


Through a curriculum focused on real work; access to work-based learning, placements, enterprise and business start-up, volunteering and paid work opportunities; and careers advice and guidance. 

Social justice

Through a positive approach to outreach activities and an admissions policy which supports a wide range of entry routes; support for student-focused projects in the city; and support for relevant initiatives such as social enterprises and volunteering, which address social issues in a helpful way.


1.2 Education Goals:

"The pursuit of inclusive and flexible forms of higher education which meet the needs of employers and prepare students to succeed in a fast-changing competitive world."


1.3 Brief History:

Southampton Solent University became a university in July 2005. Incorporated as an independent higher education institution in 1989, the University's origins can be traced back to a private School of Art founded in 1856. Mergers between Southampton College of Art, the College of Technology and the College of Nautical Studies at Warsash, laid the foundations for what is now Southampton Solent University.


The University is particularly well known for the distinctiveness and excellence of its provision in maritime courses, the creative industries and sport.




A private School of Art was founded, based in the Victoria Rooms in Portland Terrace. The school occupied various premises around the city over the next 80+ years



A public School of Navigation was established as part of Southampton University College (which later became the University of Southampton)



The School of Art was evacuated to Winchester



The School of Art returned to the city and a prolonged period of temporary accommodation at the Deanery School in Marsh Lane



The School of Navigation moved to Warsash



The first stage of the East Park Terrace campus was built as the Southampton College of Technology and incorporated the Technical College. This building was renamed the R J Mitchell building in 1992



The Technical College (now the Southampton City College) separated from the College of Technology



The School of Navigation transferred to the Local Education Authority



New premises for the School of Art, which later became known as the College of Art, were opened on East Park Terrace next to the College of Technology. The building was renamed the John Everett Millais building in 1996



The College of Art and the College of Technology merged to form the Southampton College of Higher Education



The School of Navigation at Warsash (later Warsash Maritime Centre) became part of the Southampton College of Higher Education and together they were renamed the Southampton Institute of Higher Education



Southampton Institute was established as an independent Higher Education Corporation



Five new halls of residence opened



The new Mountbatten Library on East Park Terrace and the Sir James Matthews Building on Above Bar were opened to enhance learning, teaching and conference facilities



The Michael Andrews Building on East Park Terrace was opened by HRH the Princes Royal as a new reception, IT and administrative centre



Southampton Institute became Southampton Solent University, with the then Principal, Professor Roger Brown, as its Vice-Chancellor



The University acquired its first Chancellor, Sir Alan West GCB DSC (now Lord West GCB, DSC, PC, DUniv). The Warsash Maritime Centre became the Warsash Maritime Academy



Professor Van Gore became Vice-Chancellor



The University invested in significant estate projects. It acquired a 3.4 acre development site on East Park Terrace. The new Southampton Solent School of Art and Design opened in refurbished city-centre accommodation in Below Bar. A new gallery, Solent Showcase, opened in the Sir James Matthews building. Warsash Maritime Academy’s new Ship Handling Centre at Timsbury Lake was opened in the summer. New football facilities opened at Test Park


Structure of Institution


Southampton Solent University is overseen by the Board of Governors, and led by Chancellor, Professor Van Gore, supported by members of the Vice-Chancellor's Group and Senior Management Team.  The ceremonial head of the University is Chancellor, Admiral The Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead, GCB, DSC, PC, DUniv.



Admiral The Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead, GCB, DSC, PC, DUniv
The Chancellor is the figurehead of the university.


Board of Governors

The Board of Governors determines the strategic direction of the university.



Professor Van Gore
The Vice-Chancellor is the executive head of the university.


Vice-Chancellor's Group

The Vice-Chancellor's Group (VCG) support the Vice-Chancellor in the leadership of the university.


Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team are responsible for the day-to-day running of the university.


University organisation

The university is organised into three faculties and eight departments


Structure of Program

9.1 Structure of Navigation program


Our MCA approved training programmes for Captains (Masters), deck officers and deck ratings are job specific and allow students to build professionalism, earning potential and capability to progress quickly in their careers.


Entry level:

On-Board Trainig Scheme