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Friday 27 November 2015

Solent Awarded Most Improved Student Experience Award

Southampton Solent University won the Most Improved Student Experience Award at last night’s Times Higher Education Awards.

Vice-Chancellor Graham Baldwin said: “We are delighted to have won this category. Southampton Solent’s approach has always been creative, inclusive and student-focused and it’s great to see the hard work and commitment of the University and its staff recognised in this way by the students themselves.”

“Always looking for ways to improve our provision, we have ambitious plans for the future in which we want to offer an outstanding student experience that is characterised by the highest quality engagement, intellectual challenge and facilities.”

The award is based on student votes for the most recent Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey.

Up to 20,000 students were polled by student market research specialist YouthSight to rate the academic reputation, teaching, social life and facilities of their institutions.

According to YouthSight, Solent University improved in almost every category, with some of the biggest increases in poll ratings for the institution’s students’ union and the quality of campus facilities.

James MacGregor, director of higher education at YouthSight, said: “Having achieved university status a decade ago, Solent’s success shows the whole sector what can be achieved in a short time.”

Southampton Solent was shortlisted alongside Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Chester, University of Derby and University of Gloucester for the top accolade.

Compere Rory Bremner with Southampton Solent University staff collecting the award, presented by Eric Bohms of Electric Paper

The award winners – for categories including Outstanding Employer Engagement, Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology and University of the Year – were announced at a glittering awards ceremony on Thursday November 26 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Widely recognised as the ‘Oscars’ of the higher education sector, the Times Higher Education Awards attract hundreds of entries every year. They showcase the talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and teams across all aspects of university life.

Solent, which is this year celebrating 10 years of being awarded university status, also won a THE award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community in 2010.