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Our structure

The University is organised into academic departments and a range of professional services, providing everything from academic and admin support to library services and sports provision.

Department of Art and Music

The Department of Art and Music is a hub for creative collaboration. Led by staff who are both industry and research led, emphasis on working with industry is embedded across every course so students can directly apply the theory in an interdisciplinary way that mirrors the ever-changing and growing UK creative sector. Subject areas include illustration, fine art, photography, music and performance, interior design, graphics, and several fashion courses, including fashion design, fashion marketing and media creation, styling and photography, hair and make-up, and prosthetics and special effects.

Department of Business and Law

The Department of Business and Law offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional courses across subjects such as business management, accountancy and finance, law, strategic management, logistics, project management, and marketing, as well as higher degree apprenticeships. Courses are led by staff who are both industry and research focused, and have working with industry embedded into the curriculum, so students/apprentices can directly apply the theory they are learning. The Department also supports SMEs in the national Help To Grow Programme as a Chartered Association of Business Schools Small Business Charter holder. The Department has a vibrant community of staff and students from around the world which brings a rich depth of experiences and cultures that add to the curriculum to support lifelong learning.

Department of Film and Media

The Department of Film and Media brings together subject areas spanning film and television, media, and digital arts to ensure our students can meet the demands of the creative and cultural industries as critically informed creative practitioners. With sector-leading facilities that range from film, television, animation and media studios to a student-run Dolby Atmos Cinema, the Department is home to a state-of-the-art virtual production stage, multimedia newsroom and our own production company, Solent Productions.

Department of Science and Engineering

The Department of Science and Engineering consists of architecture and built environment, biomedical science, computing, and engineering. The Department’s aim is to educate students in an innovative, rich, and interdisciplinary learning environment, collaborating with industry partners to offer students real-world problem-solving, work experience, applied research and business leadership opportunities. The Department fosters a culture of independence and lifelong learning, preparing students to assume leadership positions locally, nationally, and globally.

Department of Social Sciences and Nursing

The Department of Social Sciences and Nursing offers subjects including criminology, psychology, sociology, nursing and social work. Whether students are looking to study at foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate level, it is the Department’s mission to deliver an enterprising education that promotes inquisitiveness, influence, and curiosity. The Department aims to bring together a socially, culturally, and intellectually diverse community, providing students with the skills, competencies, and mindset to ask the right questions and to make the most of everyday opportunities.

Department of Sport and Health

Our Department of Sport and Health is home to a range of professionally accredited sports coaching, personal training, and sport science programmes.

Warsash Maritime School

Warsash Maritime School is the only maritime training centre of its kind in the world. The School offers professional accredited deck, engineering, maritime and offshore safety training courses from entry level to senior seafarers.

Our professional services

Academic Registry - The work of Academic Registry encompasses the entire student life cycle from the moment of enrolment through to graduation. Maintaining and ensuring the accuracy of student, cadet, and apprentice records and directing and overseeing of the core quality processes in support of the University's Departments and Schools are at its heart. In addition, the department is responsible for the management and distribution of all University examinations and certification, student complaints and appeals, and the annual graduation ceremonies.

Apprenticeship team - The team links business and academia through the management of degree apprenticeship programmes. The team assist employers with identifying skills gaps and opportunities, onboarding learners onto programmes and managing the links between course teams and employers.

Project Management Office - Responsible for helping the University deliver successful programmes of work by managing major new project requests and providing business analysis and project practices to deliver successful project outcomes.

Education Office - Responsible for developing and supporting learning technologies, and managing the library and learning services.

Estates and Facilities - Responsible for providing and maintaining the University’s estate and buildings, as well as providing a wide range of support functions that underpin and support academic activities, including accommodation and conference services.

External Relations - Responsible for marketing and digital (including University websites), public relations and communications, UK student recruitment, and admissions and enrolment, as well as data analysis and KPIs.

Finance Service - Responsible for core finance functions including procurement, liaison with funding councils and other regulatory bodies, student number planning, accounts payable, provision of management information and compliance with data / information requirements.

Library and Learning Service - Provides resources, services and expertise to support the University's students and staff in learning, research and teaching.

People and Development - Responsible for recruitment and appointments, ensuring the University fulfils its obligations as an employer, and developing and maintaining a working environment that supports the contribution of all University employees.

Information and Communication Technology - Responsible for the management and maintenance of the core IT infrastructure of the University.

International Office - Responsible for the development of international partnerships, EU and overseas student recruitment, and championing internationalisation across the University.

Research Office - Responsible for developing and supporting research, innovation and knowledge exchange across the University and with external research partners and stakeholders.

Student Sport - Responsible for delivering competitive and recreational sport, supporting elite athletes, managing coach education, running the community coaching programme, and the management and operation of facilities.

Solent Students' Union - Provides advice and support for Solent students, and offers a voice for students in helping shape the University's policies and the overall student experience.

Specialist Facilities - Responsible for managing the University's specialist facilities for staff and student use, as well as timetabling and room management.

Student Success - Responsible for providing students access to all the information and support they may need during their time at University.