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Joining Solent

Find out everything you need to know about working at Solent - getting you ready to build your career.

I'm delighted to welcome you to Solent.

Ensuring an excellent people experience where our staff and students live our Solent values is at the heart of all we do. I hope you have been able to experience this first hand during your recruitment to your new role.

We are committed to supporting everyone to aspire to, and deliver, excellence, as well as developing to their full potential. We reward excellence and recognise the value diversity and equality bring to our community. Throughout your induction and beyond, you will find out more about the ways we will support you to achieve this - through engaging with your career pathway and performance and development reviews, in the importance we place on your health and wellbeing, and how we celebrate the diverse contribution you can make to our University through our staff awards.

We support our managers to be Solent Leaders as 'We Care', focusing on the power of 'We', Communication, Authenticity, Recognition and Role-modelling and Empowerment.

If you have any questions, ideas or feedback, there are a number of ways you can communicate with us. You can speak to your manager or Solent buddy, contact your dean of school or director of service, meet with your business partner from People and Development, or email me directly. We also have a people forum called Solent Voice where we share ideas and much more. If you have a question for the Vice-Chancellor you can email AskTheVC@solent.ac.uk, or ask at the VC welcome breakfast you will be invited to. We value your feedback on your people experience.

Andrea Thompson, Chief People Officer

Finding your way around

You'll be taken on a campus tour on your first day, but to get your bearings beforehand, take a look at our map.

Take a look

Solent structure

The University is made up of five academic Schools and a number of professional services departments.

Find out more

Mission and strategy

We aim to provide an excellent university education and outstanding experience for our students.

Read our strategy

Getting started

Staff in a meeting in The Spark 

To help you get started, we've included some of the key things you need to do or need to know to help your first few weeks working at Solent go smoothly.

MyView

The MyView app is where you can view and update your personal details, as well as download your payslips, submit expense claims and request holiday or other leave.

On your first day, please make sure you:

  • complete your bank details,
  • submit your P45 or new starter checklist,
  • complete your personal details,
  • complete your emergency contact information.

You'll find a link to MyView in your Portal Apps (circled below):

Portal screenshot

Essentials training programme

Our essentials training programme provides important training for all staff new to Solent to undertake. You'll find a range of e-learning modules for you to work through during your first month.

Find out more

Setting up your email

Your email account will be set up for you ready for when you start. Instructions for how to update your Solent-branded email signature, along with templates, can be found here. You'll need your Solent user name and password to access this information.

Staff campus cards

You'll need a staff campus card to gain access to various areas of the University. Your campus card will also allow you to print on the network printers.

Visit the Estates and Facilities helpdesk in CC003 any time between 11am and 4pm to get your card. You'll need to take a form of ID with you. Your photo will be taken when you collect your card or, if you prefer, you can send a head and shoulders style photo to estates.helpdesk@solent.ac.uk.

IT support

For IT support, the best way to contact the ICT service desk for requests and to report non-urgent faults is to log a ticket through UNITY (you'll need to log in with your Solent username and password). Here, you can find self-help guides; report faults; view, update and log your own tickets; and see current or future planned maintenance.

You can also contact the ICT service desk by calling extension 2345 (or 023 8201 2345 from outside the office).

Portal

The Portal is your main source of information for University news, policies, IT support, campus information, library information, and much more!

Take a look

Travel and car parking

Staff car parking

If you're planning to drive into work, there are a limited amount of parking spaces available on the main East Park Terrace campus, and at some of our student residences. To park in University spaces, you'll need to apply for a permit.

Find out more about staff car parking

Until a University car parking space becomes available, there are a number of car parks in the city centre - most are within a 5-10 minute walk from the main campus.

Cycle2Work scheme

If you want to cycle to work, we offer a Cycle2Work scheme in partnership with Halfords. The scheme allows staff to to buy a bike and accessories up to the value of £1,000 through a salary sacrifice. There are several free-to-use bike spaces on campus.

Travel loans

If you'd rather use public transport for your journey to work, interest-free loans are available to buy season tickets for buses, trains and the Isle of Wight ferry.

Find out more about Cycle2Work and travel loans

Probationary review

The first 12 months of your employment will form your probationary period. Your manager will arrange 3, 6, 9 and 12-month probationary reviews with you to assess your progress while you settle in at Solent.

View the probationary review document

Staff Scene

What better way to get to know your new colleagues than to get involved with Staff Scene events! Staff Scene organises social events, from choir, karaoke and cruises, to quizzes, Christmas parties and sporting events that any member of staff can take part in.

Find out more

Top reasons to work at Solent

  • Over 1,300 staff members supporting over 11,000 students each year.
  • Committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Career development opportunities through our career pathways for academics and professional services staff.
  • Good opportunities for internal progression, including secondments.
  • Generous holiday entitlement, plus bank holidays and Christmas closure.
  • Extensive benefits and rewards package.
  • Excellent range contributory pension schemes.
  • We encourage work-life balance and flexible working.

Pay, pay scales and cost of living

You'll be paid on the last working day of the month. Payslips can be viewed online in your MyView app. 

Find out more about payroll deadlines and pay days

Associate lecturers and coaches on variable hours contracts submit pay claims each month through the VTS schedules and pay claims app.

Further information on MyView, VTS schedules and the pay claim app can be found in the People and Development section on the Portal.

At Solent, we operate a single pay scale with the grade for a job determined through the University's job evaluation scheme.

Employees receive one spinal point increment on 1 April (support staff) and 1 September (academic staff) each year, until the top of the relevant grade is reached.

Employees who join after 31 December (support staff) and after 1 May (academic staff) will receive their first increment on 1 April or 1 September in the following year.

Management salaries are reviewed annually on 1 August. Apprentice salaries are reviewed annually on 1 October.

In addition, a cost of living rise is negotiated with UCU and UNISON as part of national pay negotiations, and is normally applied from 1 August each year.

Benefits

We offer our employees a fantastic range of benefits, including an excellent holiday allowance, pension plans, family benefits and health and wellbeing initiatives.

Find out more about employee benefits

Flexible working and family leave

We also offer working arrangements such as full-time, part-time and job share. Flexible working arrangements are also recognised.

If you need to take time off for family leave, such as maternity/paternity and urgent or compassionate family leave, our policies provide guidance on how to request this.

Find out more

Staff memberships at the Solent Sports Complex

Our new Sports Complex opened in May 2019. The Complex boasts a 90-station gym featuring over 40 pieces of cardio equipment, plus a cycling studio, fitness studios and sports hall. There are a number of membership options for Solent staff, with no joining fee.

Find out more

Reward and recognition

At Solent, we encourage our employees to have their say and to recognise colleagues for their commitment to the University's values.

Staff survey

The staff survey is your opportunity to tell us about your Solent experience. We want to hear what you like about working at Solent, and also any areas you feel could be improved.

Solent Voice

Established following feedback from the staff survey, Solent Voice offers managers and departmental representatives to come together to share ideas, collaborate and gain feedback from colleagues from all areas of the University. Each School and professional service has a representative.

Staff Awards

The annual Staff Awards recognise the diverse contribution staff make across the University, to reward achievement and to celebrate the successes of our vibrant and innovative community.

My Development

Career Pathways

We operate a Career Pathways Framework across all roles. This is designed to deliver an excellent people experience by providing opportunities to recognise and develop the talents, skills and experience of our people, enabling them to fulfil their potential and contribute to delivering our strategy: Building an Excellent University. For more information on Solent's Agile Academic or Professional Services Career Pathways, visit Career Pathways on the Portal.

View our current job opportunities

If you have any general questions regarding pay or benefits at Solent, contact your Business Partner or People Adviser. For specific pay and pension queries, contact a member of the payroll team.

Useful resources

We've gathered together all the essential information you need about working at Solent from the Portal - our staff and student intranet.

Find out about wellbeing, health and safety, unions, policies, and more. 

Solent Buddy

At Solent, your people experience is our top priority. To ensure this, you'll be allocated a nominated Buddy on your first day to help with your introduction to Solent. Your Buddy may be a colleague or a direct manager - we'll let you know who this is on your first day. 

Your Buddy will be able to assist you with:

  • introductions to your team/colleagues,
  • desk set up and IT,
  • finding your way around the campus,
  • getting your staff campus card.

New staff - Solent buddy

Vice-Chancellor's Group

People and Development

Solent University employs approximately 1,500 members of staff across our Schools and professional services. People and Development's mission is to facilitate a culture that supports people to aspire to, and deliver, excellence.

We recognise that the way people are recruited, developed, organised and managed - and, importantly, their contributions recognised and rewarded - has a direct and strong influence on organisational performance. Our core purpose is the provision of a best-in-class service to enable these key features to positively influence the University's performance.

The vision is that by no later than 2020, we will be recognised as a highly regarded partner to the University community, adding value through strategic partnerships, facilitated change, professional services, process and administration excellence, and championing employees.

We live by Solent's values: engagement, inclusivity, integrity, ownership, respect and teamwork.

Contact us

People and Development, A228, East Park Terrace
Tel: 023 8201 3961 ext. 3961