SOLENT STRATEGY 2025
As we build on our students' and the University’s successes, we will seek further opportunities to grow and improve whilst remaining focused on creating a university that is sustainable and which fosters equal opportunities. To do this, we must maintain our financial resilience and ensure we are underpinned by a culture that will allow us to change, adapt and focus on the future. We will also ensure our work is informed by the keystones of our offering: our environmental sustainability, our partnerships and our place in the world.
Playing our part in tackling climate change is very important to us.
We recognise the fundamental importance of creating a sustainable future and are committed to the continual improvement of our environmental performance.
We will achieve this through both our academic work (ie, teaching, research and public engagement) and through our professional services especially our sustainable estate developments. Examples of the actions that we will take include minimising single-use plastic on campus, and new Biodiversity Action and Carbon Management plans.
We will be held to account on this commitment through dedicated targets while recognising that, over the life of this Strategy, we will need to continue to adapt our approach in light of best practice and new evidence.
Throughout the lifetime of this strategy, we are committed to forming new partnerships and strengthening existing ones to achieve the best for our students, staff and communities.
Our mission, vision and values will guide decisions on who we partner with and what form these partnerships take, and our plans will be informed by the needs and opportunities within our city and the wider region.
We are committed to our role as a civic university and will be playing a leading role in the regional economic recovery of our community from the pandemic, utilising our resources and partnerships to drive local development.
We will embrace the vision of the City Council, which sees Southampton as a city of opportunity; and we will work with others to support the case for investment in ‘Central South’ as a gateway linking Brexit Britain and international markets.
We will develop initiatives to continue our growth in international recruitment, including new programme development with a postgraduate focus, competitive scholarships, an expansion of in-country presence, and selective agent networks in priority markets. We will continue to improve our international student experience, providing outstanding support from first contact through to alumni.
We also recognise the need to give our students and staff opportunities for global mobility and will continue to develop Solent’s internationalisation through internal and external collaborations - raising brand awareness and increasing our reputation around the world.