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Friday 1 May 2015

Solent named one of three UK universities as a beacon of good practice

Southampton Solent University is one of only three UK universities identified as beacons of good practice in a report by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) on creativity in higher education institutions.

The RSA surveyed its fellows to find out more about the impact and effectiveness of creativity in higher education institutions and published the results in a report entitled Overcoming Daemons: The Better Angels of Creativity in Higher Education.

The report praises Southampton Solent for its real-life approach to creative studies: “Southampton Solent University has the largest number of creative industries graduates, not only because they promote creativity in what they say, but because they put their money where their mouth is.”

The survey identified five barriers to creativity in higher education: rigid structures, the perceived value of creativity, lack of time, funding, and expertise. The report praises the University for overcoming all of these obstacles through its ground-breaking creative agency, Solent Creatives. It says: “They set up Solent Creatives in 2011, to bridge the gap between education and work. Students in creative industries work as freelancers on real-world projects, gaining experience that supports their learning as well as earning them some money.”

Professor Suzanne Dixon, who was instrumental in setting up Solent Creatives in 2011 says: “I’m delighted that we have been highlighted as an example of best practice and innovation. Solent University has an excellent track record of supporting creative approaches to enhancing the student experience and it’s gratifying to see this acknowledged by such a well-respected body.”

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