Our University has had a presence in the City of Southampton for over 160 years. Through our commitment to social justice, we're proud to be making a difference. Our active community of staff, students and alumni volunteering, as well as specialist facilities and academic expertise means Solent is home to a wide variety of assets.
We're proud to have a proven track record in supporting the local community, and we've contributed £193.4 million to the local economy. From our free public lecture series to locally applied research, use of our specialist facilities to offering live student briefs, we work with a variety of partners throughout the year.
The UPP Commission's recent report on the role of a civic university made a number of recommendations on what more universities and local communities can do to build long-term, impactful relationships. At this event, we'll be launching our Civic Charter which outlines our commitments to Southampton for the 2019/20 academic year and beyond.
During the evening we'll talk about our ambitions for the year ahead and how we plan to evolve and embed a longer term commitment to the local community within our new corporate strategy.
As well as providing an opportunity to celebrate, you will also have the chance to network with others over refreshments while discovering how you can work with the University. Professor Julie Hall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor will provide a short address alongside honorary doctorate Ram Kalyan 'Kelly', Station Manager at Unity 101 - one of Solent's official partners.
Short address by Professor Julie Hall
Short address by Kelly (Unity 101)
Drinks and networking