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Southampton Solent University is led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Baldwin, and overseen by the Board of Governors. The Board is responsible for oversight of the University’s activities, determining its future direction, fostering an environment in which the University’s mission is achieved and maximising student potential.

If you would be interested in joining the Board of Governors, details of the role and any current vacancies are shown below.

For more information about Southampton Solent University, visit our about us page.

The role 

Members of Southampton Solent University’s Board of Governors should:

  • Think strategically and act in the interests of the University as a whole.
  • Question intelligently, debate constructively, challenge rigorously, decide dispassionately and listen sensitively to the views of others.
  • Have the time and energy to contribute effectively and the ability to absorb complex information.
  • Act at all times in accordance with the seven principles of public life.

Governors are appointed for a fixed term of three years, with the option to serve for a further term. Our Board currently meets in the evenings four times per year; each Governor is also asked to join a committee, which meets four further times a year. Overall the time commitment is around 12-18 days a year.

Governors also have regular opportunities to participate in University visits and events including attendance at graduation.

This is a non-remunerated role, however reasonable expenses are paid.

You can find more information about the Board and our governance arrangements in our Governors' handbook.  

Current vacancies

Independent Governor

Southampton Solent University is seeking two independent members to join our Board. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates with specific experience or skills in business management, further education, creative industries or sport science.

Applying to become a Governor

Solent’s Board is committed to diversity in its membership – we currently have a gender-balanced Board, and we welcome applications from all parts of our community. 

Click here to view the Board's Equality and Diversity Policy Statement

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Bridget Woolven, Clerk to the Governors, either by email at, or by telephone on 023 8201 3236.

To make an application please send your CV, with a supporting letter outlining your interest and relevant experience, to

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