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Professor Syamantak Bhattacharya

PhD, Director

School of Maritime Science & Engineering

023 8201 6979 ext. 6979

Role at Solent

As director of the School of Maritime Science and Engineering, Syamantak leads its strategic and academic development in line with the University’s strategic priorities. This includes developing and enhancing the School’s teaching methods and portfolio of courses with a core emphasis in delivering world class student learning experience.

Together with his colleagues, he aims to achieve this by ensuring that the School maintains University’s academic standards infrastructure and continues to forge close links with industry. In particular, the School is determined to deliver the University’s Maritime 2020 Strategy which aims to establish Solent as the global provider of choice for the maritime sector.

Syamantak will also enhance the research and innovation profile of the School through research projects and outputs, as well as bring the benefits or research-informed teaching to students. Equally, he continues to expand the internationalisation agenda of the School by partnering with leading academic institutions in other parts of the world with overlapping academic profiles.

The School is extremely fortunate to have so many talented academic and support staff members delivering the University’s strategies. Syamantak is committed to ensuring that they remain engaged to the cause, are valued for their contributions, and are duly supported in their professional developments.


Syamantak’s professional career began in the merchant navy. For 15 years he sailed on international tankers, serving most of his career with Denholm Ship Management. For two years, Syamantak sailed as the captain, followed by a further two years as the manager of a fleet of ships in Chemoil Corporation, Singapore.

In 2004, Syamantak moved to academia with the Nippon Foundation Scholarship to carry out his doctoral studies. He researched on the management of maritime health and safety at the Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University. In 2008, Syamantak was appointed by Plymouth University as a lecturer and was promoted to Associated Professor in 2012. During his eight years in Plymouth, he taught in at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and supervised doctoral students in the areas of maritime, shipping, port, and human factors. Syamantak also developed, managed and delivered international programmes with several overseas partner institutes.

Syamantak has also been active in scholarly research which is evident from his engagement in large research projects in areas such as international coal-mining, global container ports, and workplace health and safety in SMEs in the EU. He has also published in leading academic peer reviewed journals, such as in Industrial Relations, Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, Transportation Research Part A, Economic and Industrial Democracy, Safety Science, Employee Relations, and Marine Policy.


  • Postgraduate Diploma, Social Science Research Methods, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.
  • PhD, Cardiff University. Thesis entitled: The impact of the ISM Code in the management of occupational health and safety in the maritime industry. Research conducted at the Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University.
  • PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in HE, Plymouth University.

External bodies

  • Fellow: Higher Education Academy.
  • Member: British Academy of Management.
  • Member: International Association of Maritime Economists, Greece.
  • Member: Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
  • Member: Nautical Institute.