Southampton Solent University
|Southampton Solent University|
|Established||2004 – granted University status
1984 – Southampton Institute of Higher Education
1855 – Southampton College of Art
|Chancellor||Lord West of Spithead|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Van Gore|
|Other students||6,815 FE|
|Location||Southampton, Hampshire, UK
Southampton Solent University is a university of 17,000 students based in Southampton, United Kingdom. Its main campus is located on East Park Terrace near the city centre. Solent University students are represented by Solent Students' Union, which is based on the East Park Terrace campus
The university's origins can be traced back to a private School of Art founded in 1856, which eventually became the Southampton College of Art. Mergers with the Southampton College of Technology, and later the College of Nautical Studies at Warsash, led to the establishment of the Southampton Institute of Higher Education in 1984.
Southampton Institute became a university on 12 July 2005, and adopted its current name on 15 August that year. Prior to 2005, students at Southampton Institute received degrees awarded by Nottingham Trent University.
Halls of residence 
The University has six major student Halls complexes:
- Emily Davies
- Kimber (incorporating the David Moxon Annexe)
- Lucia Foster Welch
All are located away from the main teaching buildings. Five of the six halls are located South East of the city centre, between the St Mary's and Ocean Village areas of the Southampton, while Emily Davies is located to the north west of the city centre, near to the Southampton Civic Centre.
Academic profile 
The university strives to work with local business and professional bodies (for example the British Computer Society and the PTC) to keep the qualifications it provides relevant and immediately useful upon graduation.
The university has strong maritime courses and the student yachting team are previous world champions, also finishing in 4th place in 2007. Other courses at the university with an established reputation amongst academics include Journalism and Photography, both of which are accredited by industry bodies and professionally recognised.
Southampton Solent University continues to offer research degree awards validated by the Nottingham Trent University.
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|Guardian University Guide||109= / 117||113 / 122||106 / 122|
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|Daily Telegraph||106 / 113|
|Independent – Complete University Guide||95 / 113th||106 / 113|
Southampton Solent is ranked 55th in the country in media courses.
It is a centre of applied research in design and advanced technology, geography, maritime, fine art, history of collecting, film, media and cultural studies, law and a broad range of business disciplines.
Student life 
Solent Students' Union 
The Union forms an integral part of student representation within the University. It has four sabbatical officers – President, Vice President of Education, Vice President Welfare and Vice President Student Engagement – and six non-sabbatical officers – Diversity Officer, Campaigns Officer, Sports Officer, Media and Communications Officer, Accommodation and Communities Officer and an Open Portfolio officer – as well as several full-time, permanent members of staff.
The President is the students' representative on the Board of Governors and other Sabbatical Officers attend university committees such as Academic Board, Faculty Boards and Course Committees to ensure effective representation for all students – full and part-time, undergraduate and postgraduate.
There are many clubs and societies which are funded through the Union and run by students. Facilities and services include the Student Advice Centre which offers a comprehensive and confidential information and advice service to students, a Student Shop, a copy shop, a cash-point machines and a photo booth.
Entertainment is provided on site by the Union, running a fully licenced bar and catering operation hosting balls, themed nights and with various social meetings taking place throughout the year. The Students' Union holds many formal events over the year including the Freshers Ball, Graduation Ball and Summer Festival.
The student union has for many years played an integral part of the student scene on campus within its catering departments offering students the opportunity to earn while they learn, with their student-run kitchen being very popular, operating a student-run, Student Led, Student Fed! policy. Enjoying a Food Standards Agency - Food Hygiene Rating of 4 - Good in 2011/12 supported by committed full-time staff.
The summer of 2007 saw the refurbishment of the middle floor, with the Executive officers residing there, as well as Radio Sonar and Sonar TV, a Student Union Shop and Wifi Lounge
In 2011, the Union registered officially with the UK Charity Commission (Charity Number 1142382) after changes in the Charities Act. The Union now has a Trustee Board to govern and work alongside the University Board of Governors.
Student media 
The student media outlets at Southampton Solent University are covered by the umbrella brand of 'Sonar Media'. These outlets are considered Special Status Societies within the Students' Union and are run entirely by students. The four societies under the brand include Radio Sonar, the student radio station; SonarTV, the student television station; Sonar Magazine, the student magazine; and Sonar Film, the student-run cinema. 
TV station 
The student-run Television Station operates under the name SonarTV. The station was founded in 2009 as part of the student media rebrand within the Students' Union. SonarTV is the only outlet within the university that can affiliate with NaSTA (The National Student Television Association), and in 2012 was selected to be joint host for the first ever NaSTAvision broadcast with Staffs TV of Staffordshire University. At the 2013 NaSTA Awards, they placed 3rd for Best Broadcaster.
Radio station 
The student-run Radio Station is called Radio Sonar. The University radio station was founded by Giacomo Shimmings in 1998 and was originally known as Sin FM due to the first 28-day FM radio license being granted to the station. After holding a Low Powered AM (LPAM) license, the station changed its name to Sin Radio and became an online radio station. The name of the station was changed in 2009 along in accordance with the Sonar Media rebrand. Radio Sonar has won the prestigious "Outstanding Contribution to Student Radio" at the National Student Radio Conference in 2010 and again in 2011. Individual contributors to the station have also won numerous awards.
The university sailing team are currently holders of the Student Yachting World Cup (Sywoc).
Notable alumni 
- William Adkin – Cricketer
- Waqar Azmi OBE, EU Ambassador and former Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Office
- James Hilton (designer) – Designer associated with the AKQA agency
- David Quayle – Co-founder of B&Q
- Jemish Patel – TV presenter
- Una Nwajei – England women's footballer
- Jenny Packham - Fashion designer
- Jack Eames - Fashion photographer
- Paul Goodison - Olympic Gold Medalist 2008
- Jon Claire - Hurmans Hermits tribute band founder 2012
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