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At Solent University our professional consultancy service is delivered by specialist members of staff who have years of expertise in their field.

We tailor our consultancy to your individual requirements, working closely with you to achieve your business objectives.

Some of our specialist consultancy services are outlined below. If you have specific requirements we would be happy to discuss your individual project or business needs.

Business and innovation

If your organisation is experiencing challenges around growth, change or innovation, we can provide expert advice, analysis and interpretation from both staff and students.

We are actively engaged with organisations through a number of initiatives, including student work placements and internships, guest lecturing, research, and engagement with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).

Solent Business School works with several professional bodies, including the Chartered Insitute of Marketing, Chartered Insitute of Personnel and Development, Chartered Management Institute, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and the Association of Project Management. This ensures we offer courses that are professionally accredited and relevant, while also developing courses to meet your organisation's requirements.

Solent Business School has recently developed the nationally recognised diploma for the retail property industry, in conjunction with the Revo Education Trust. This supports the vital knowledge and skill development across the UK for managers in retail and leisure place properties, such as Hammerson, Savills, CBRE, Ellandi, Cadogan Estates, JLL, Cushman & Wakefield and British Land. Managers from across the UK enjoy an industry-relevant and accessible curriculum, alongside opportunities to progress to leadership and management apprenticeship programmes upon completion. These provide the associated CMI accreditations and opportunity to continue their professional development.

With the use of consultancy in a practical way to put our knowledge and expertise to work for the benefit of business and the wider community, this can enhance your offering through benefit of our lean practitioners, portfolio and project manager specialists and change agents to provide innovative and sustainable outcomes.

As a Small Business Charter Award holding Business School, we can provide access to government-funded programmes in conjunction with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, such as the Small Business Leadership Programme.

Contact us
Telephone: 023 8201 3179

Built environment

Our built environment team has a diverse range of skills in the sector and strong links with regional construction companies. The team members combine wide experience with membership of one or more of the main organisations involved with the construction industry, including:

  • The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
  • The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
  • The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).
  • The Geological Society (GS).
  • Building Research Establishment (BRE).
  • Society of British and International Design (SBID).

Facilities at Solent University include a well-equipped soil and construction laboratory, an architectural studio, and IT laboratories with project planning, lasercutters and 3D printers, as well as industry standard software such as CAD and Revit.

The main research and enterprise skills of the team include:


  • Sustainability in construction.
  • Quality and risk management in construction.
  • Off-site production and digital fabrication.
  • Structural design.

Architecture and interior design 

  • Architectural design.
  • Housing standards.
  • Building information modelling.
  • Technical design and refurbishment.
  • Commercial interior design.
  • Hotel interiors and fit-out.
  • Residential interior design.

Procurement and contract administration 

  • Contract administration.
  • Construction productivity.
  • Construction and project management.

Structural and civil engineering

  • Structural analysis and design.
  • Land surveying.

Quantity surveying and project management 

  • Project planning and management, including PRINCE2.
  • Development management.
  • Cost planning, cost engineering and cost management.

Business and information technology

  • Business process modelling, including simulation modelling.
  • Construction information technology including 4D planning (3D CAD + time).
  • Strategic management of construction businesses.
  • IT applications for small to medium businesses.

Product design and manufacture

Within the innovation and design centre our specialist staff members have experience in various areas including:

  • Requirements capture.
  • Rapid manufacture and product design.
  • Contract research.
  • Concept design.
  • Engineering drawing.
  • Virtual modelling.
  • Finite element analysis.
  • Engineering development.
  • Design for manufacture.

Contact us

Telephone: 023 8031 9862 


Warsash Maritime School offers specialist research and consultancy services to the maritime industry, particularly in the field of maritime human factors.

We’re involved in some exciting projects. These include:


This EU-sponsored research project looks into the concerns over human safety, environmental damage and commercial loss due to watch officer fatigue.

Find out more about Project HORIZON

Maritime human factors

Our research, training and consultancy in maritime human factors aims to increase understanding and awareness of human factors in the international shipping industry.

Our mission is to help improve safety, promote best practice and improve technical and human resource management within shipping.    

The research includes the analysis of casualties and the development of near miss and incident reporting systems.

Our full mission bridge simulator can be used for reconstructions of collisions and groundings, often giving insights to the investigation that are not obvious from other evidence sources.

Our specialist staff can also act as expert witnesses.

Previous customers include:

  • individual shipping companies,
  • flag states,
  • government agencies,
  • marine accident investigators,
  • legal firms, and
  • harbour masters.

Port development projects

Consultancy in aspects of port development includes examining the operational aspects of changes in a port, such as realigning existing berths, examining proposals for new berths, testing against specific combinations of meteorological conditions and investigating tug requirements and techniques.

Proposed berths, channels and other elements of a port can be built from drawings to achieve pilot and tug master familiarisation prior to the completion of the infrastructure.

The operational needs and procedures for new ship types and sizes can also be investigated on the simulation.

For further information email:

Small craft design

The University has more than 30 years’ experience of delivering yacht technology courses. This expertise in yacht production, manufacture and surveying is available for knowledge transfer partnerships and consultancy.

Sports science

Our BASES-accredited health, exercise and sports science facilities are used to provide sports science support to a wide range of athletes and sports clubs.

The world-class, £1.3m facility has been used to test and train athletes competing in most sports and sports settings, some of which include:

  • Premier League and Championship football clubs.
  • GB triathletes.
  • GB wheelchair rugby players.
  • GB speedway riders.
  • County cricket clubs.

Sports science consultancy at Solent University offers the services of a team of highly experienced and qualified staff with expertise in exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, biomechanics, sport psychology, nutrition, notational analysis, and sports therapy.

Find out more


  • Physiology laboratory.
  • Biomechanics laboratory.
  • Psychology laboratory.
  • Rehabilitation laboratory.
  • Sports therapy laboratories.

To find out more, contact Bonita Lavender:

Telephone: 023 8201 3392

Solent Productions

Solent Productions is an award-winning media production centre that regularly produces broadcast quality screen content for clients including the BBC, Sony and Glastonbury Festivals.

During 2018, we made animations for Citizens Advice, dramatised training films for the NHS, live streams for the NEC, and made short documentaries for the Superyacht Academy.

Outside broadcasting, drones, 4K cameras, and motion graphics are just some of the techniques we use to make the content you need.

Whether you are an organisation, a charity, a business, or even another university, Solent Productions can support your needs for creative screen content worth watching.

Solent Productions started in 2007 and combines the talents and expertise of Solent staff and students to generate creative concepts using the very latest technology.

Our specialisms include:

  • Documentary and factual
  • Animation and graphics
  • Live events
  • Web streaming
  • Commercials and promos

Contact us

To find out more, contact Craig Lees:

Telephone: 023 8201 6331 / 07891 595912

Visit the Solent Productions website

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