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Making a difference for over 160 years

With over 160 years of experience working with the city and our commitment to social justice, we’re proud to be making a difference. Our Civic Charter was launched in Autumn 2019 to help the University in further strengthening its role in the community.

While we’re delighted to be making a difference, we recognise that society and the environment around us face some major challenges. That’s why we’re working with staff, students and the local community to define longer term commitments, and embedding these within our new corporate strategy.

Our civic charter

We’re proud of our heritage, having grown and evolved in line with our home city. As Southampton has developed, so has Solent, opening the door for people to go on and build successful working lives. Our courses, staff, students and alumni reflect the changing dynamic and face of Southampton and the broader Solent region.

Located in the heart of Southampton, we actively contribute to the city’s growing cultural scene. From performing live gigs, to supporting business start-ups; showcasing contemporary art, to inspiring young people to live healthy, active lives, we share our skills and resources to drive the city’s renaissance.

We champion the city’s strengths, recognise its challenges, and seize the opportunity to work collaboratively to build a fairer and sustainable future for all. Our commitment to real-world learning provides opportunities for the community and industry to shape the curriculum, with our approach to partnership working reflective of our values.

Our connections, resources and knowledge allow us to take action on the issues where we feel we can make a difference:

  • Creating a city of life-long learning.
  • Building a culturally enriched and cohesive city.
  • Championing a healthy and sustainable community.

Join us and be part of it.

We are Southampton proud.