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New research powers for Solent

18th August 2017

Following a rigorous and in-depth assessment of our academic capability by the Quality Assurance Agency, we are pleased to announce that we have been awarded Research Degree Awarding Powers (RDAP).

This is another milestone in our strategic vision to build an excellent university, by giving us direct power to design, deliver and award research degrees, which are the highest degree any university can offer. 

Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor, says: “The award is another milestone in our strategic development to build an excellent university and gives us direct power to design, deliver and award research degrees.

“I want to thank everyone for their contribution to this success. What a great start to the 2017/18 academic year.”

Solent Director of Research of Innovation, Catherine Lee, adds: “I am delighted that the QAA have recognised both the quality and management of research and the support for research students at Solent. The award of RDAP recognises the University’s ongoing commitment to developing a dynamic research environment and confirms the direction of our research strategy.

“Going forward we will be looking at developing research degrees in our specialist areas including sport and health, maritime, and creative industries. These are areas where we have research-active staff and students who are already undertaking significant research.

“We work closely with stakeholders and the potential beneficiaries of our research to ensure that our research has meaningful impact. With the award of RDAP, we are even better placed to develop and deliver research that makes a difference.”

If you’re considering doing a PhD, you can find out everything you need – from type of research degree to duration of study – on our website.