Southampton Solent University
Thursday 25 July 2013
Overall ranking: 113th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.
History: In 1978, the art college merged with the tech college to make Southampton College of Higher Education. The latter shacked up with the College of Nautical Studies (now Warsash Maritime Academy). Emerged as Southampton Institute in 1984 and assumed its new name and new university status in 2005.
Address: Two sites in central Southampton, split by a park, and a waterside campus at Warsash, 10 miles away.
Ambience: One of the country's newest universities. Increasingly exciting vibe but keeping its close community feel. A fair share of watersports enthusiasts. Main campus is post-war. Expanded in the nineties with over £70m spent on buildings. Warsash campus beautifully landscaped but quiet.
Who's the boss? Professor Van Gore, former special policy advisor to the vice-chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University.
Prospectus: 023 8031 9039 or request one here.
UCAS code: S30
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Requirements vary depending on course, with degree courses asking for a minimum of 100 UCAS points. Plenty of opportunities for those with non-conventional entry qualifications. Solent works hard to attract non traditional applicants and those from families with no tradition of higher education. Courses range from foundation years to master's degrees and PhDs, plus a variety of professional and short courses.
Vital statistics: Around 11,000 students, of whom approximately 10,600 are full-time undergrads.
Added value: £100m campus investment from 2010 to 2020. Strong for business, technology, media arts and music, and maritime courses. Working with key employers, it boasts some of the UK’s most sought after work experience placements. Its students are a key part of the official Glastonbury festival industry-standard filming team and Southampton Solent is the only university in the UK to run its own festival stage, at Glade. Students regularly hear lectures from radio, television and music presenters, performers, promoters and managers. Maritime studies is a particular strength, with courses in yacht design producing some of the most successful and influential designers in the industry. It turns out record-breaking and Olympian sailors, and is a world leader in research, facilities and training in ship handling. New £25m teaching and learning building due for completion in 2015, and a recently opened state-of-the-art £2m media academy.
Teaching: 120th out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide.
Research: 116th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.
Graduate prospects: 21st out of 124 with 43.8 per cent finding graduate level employment.
Any accommodation? There are 2342 rooms available. From £89.95 to £129.85 in six halls of residences. Rent for the study-bedroom includes all utility bills, faster than broadband web access, cleaning of communal areas, accommodation during Christmas and Easter (no need to move your stuff out), repairs and maintenance.
Cheap to live there? About average, with private rents hovering around the £80 to £90 per week mark.
Transport links: Train station for London is 10 minutes' walk from the city campuses. A university coach service connects Warsash with the main site. Southampton airport is within easy distance and you can walk to the Isle of Wight ferry terminal from the city campus.
Fees: Fees for home and EU full-time students range from £7,420 to £8,050 per year. International students pay up to £10,815 depending on the course.
Bursaries: Consistently awards bursaries of between £150 and £1,075 to eligible students in need of financial support. See here for the details from 2012/13, with some changes expected for next year.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: Three bars on campus. The city has a busy nightlife with plenty of student nights.
Price of a pint: Expect prices of £3.30 on average in Southampton itself, but far cheaper drinks on campus.
Sporting reputation: Could be worse, but not the sportiest, at 74th in the BUCS league.
Notable societies: Screenwriters Guild for penning your own scripts, Solent Seahawks ultimate frisbee team, and a DJ group.
Glittering alumni: Olympic gold medal laser sailor, Paul Goodison; transatlantic record breaking sailors Geoff Holt and Katie Miller; David Quayle of B & Q; Pamela Blundell, fashion designer; Bobby Parks, former Hampshire and England cricketer; fashion designer Jenny Packham; former First Choice holidays CEO Peter Long; leading yacht and boat designers, Ed Dubois and Bill Dixon.
Alternative prospectus: See how current Southampton Solent students rate aspects of their university experience at What Uni? here.
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