Solent University

Solent University creates opportunities: for its students, for its staff, for its partners, and for its communities. It offers expertise and experiences you couldn’t get anywhere else, opening doors and making introductions, and fanning the flames of ambition and aspiration. Solent gives all the freedom to achieve.

We are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in university education, teaching, learning and research that enables learners from all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders.

We are committed to promoting economic and social prosperity for the communities we serve. We undertake research that has wide-ranging and significant impact on the experiences and learning of our students and on the lives of those in our local, national, and international communities.

It is our mission to be work ready, world ready, and future ready.

Recent successes include triple TEF Gold in 2023, 11th in the UK for graduate start-ups (HESA 2022), top 20% in the UK for assessment and feedback (NSS 2023) and 6th in the UK for sustained employability (LEO 2022).

Governors will play a key role in guiding and overseeing the strategic direction, governance, and management of Solent University. As a Governor, you will be a member of the Board which oversees Solent University’s policies, ensuring its financial sustainability and upholding its academic standards. You will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in higher education, strong leadership skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.

We are particularly interested in candidates with senior executive experience in one of the following areas:

  • maritime
  • marketing/public relations
  • further education
  • allied health
  • AI

Since diversity is core to the identity and mission of Solent University and to this

appointment process, candidates lacking direct expertise in these particular specialisms should not feel discouraged from applying, albeit being able to demonstrate an affinity to Solent’s values, objectives and aims will be essential.

The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Monday 20th May 2024.

Please send applications to

Applications must include a full CV and a letter of application setting out your interest in the role and details of how your knowledge, skills and experience match the essential criteria being sought (no more than two pages).