* Southampton Solent University (SSU) gained university status in July 2005. * Its origins can be traced to a private School of Art founded in 1855, which became Southampton College of Art. * Mergers with the Southampton College of Technology and the College of Nautical Studies led to the establishment of Southampton Institute in 1984. * The main campus enjoys a lively city centre location, close to Southampton’s nightlife, shops, entertainment and cultural landmarks. * Southampton enjoys excellent road, rail, sea and air links. By rail we are just 75 minutes from London, 60 minutes from Portsmouth, 30 minutes from Basingstoke, Bournemouth and Salisbury and only 15 minutes from Winchester. * The University’s Warsash Maritime Academy and Watersports Centre are ideally located at the mouth of the River Hamble. A new world-class ship handling centre on a 10-acre lake at Timsbury, near Romsey. * The average UCAS Tariff Points on entry was 274 (2011–12). * 84% of full-time first degree entrants have A Levels as their highest qualification and 10.3% of UK undergraduate entrants' qualifiations were AAB or equivalent (2011–12). * SSU offers open access to those without formal qualifications, in particular mature students with previous work experience. * A distinctive curriculum which connects theory and practice, with emphasis on real world and real work learning experiences, giving graduates a combination of academic knowledge and professional employability skills. * More than 60 of our courses are accredited by professional bodies. * Official indicators show that over 88% of Solent's leavers were in employment or further study in 2012. * A strong track record in business start ups. The University supports 40 new business start ups annually. Thirty of these businesses are still running three years after start up.