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At Solent, our aim is to undertake innovative research that has a wide-ranging and significant impact on the experiences and learning of our students and on the lives of those in our local, national, and international communities.

Led by Professor Syamantak Bhattacharya, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, our Research and Knowledge Exchange Enabling Strategy is designed to support our delivery of research that will make a positive difference and create social value.

Research areas

Faculty-led research

REF 2021 results 

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results have established Solent as a university with research at its core.

Overall, in REF 2021, 34% of Solent’s research was assessed as world-leading and internationally excellent – up from 19% in 2014; and 50% of our research outputs were rated as world-leading and internationally excellent – up from 28% in 2014.

The University’s submission included research from 59 researchers – up from 43 researchers in 2014.

This improvement in the REF 2021 results has been recognised by a 50% increase in our quality-related (QR) research funding allocation from ~£172k in 2021-22 to ~£255k in 2022-23.

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