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 Maritime strategy

Relocating the Warsash Maritime Academy

What external stakeholders were consulted?

Key clients/customers and Chamber of Shipping members have been consulted. There has been specific feedback on the need to maintain the quality of the officer cadet experience, the international reputation, standards and outputs, funding for officer cadet provision, and location, which have been taken on board.

Who has contributed to the maritime strategy?

The development of the maritime strategy has been led by senior managers of the University (Vice-Chancellor's Group, senior managers of the school, including Programme Group Leaders) and we have consulted with and taken input from industry leaders.

The strategy says that the University plans to review the delivery of UK officer cadetships. What does this mean? Are you looking to make changes?

This review is currently underway and has included discussions with MCA/MNTB and training companies to ensure that our officer cadetships continue to meet MNTB approval.

How much are you planning to invest in delivering this maritime strategy?

The actual investment requirements, ie details around new space and associated costings are being addressed and further details will be available at a later date.

What will happen?

Teaching delivered on the upper site will moved to a new location in Southampton. New facilities will be provided, giving officer cadets, delegates and other students a better experience and access to the full range of the University’s facilities and services.

It is intended that the maritime education and training provision requiring access to the water will remain at the lower site on the Warsash campus and ensure that the specialist facilities are maintained and enhanced.

The infrastructure requirements at both locations (including catering, administration, sports and library facilities) will be identified as part of the transition planning.

Are discussions occurring with any companies about investing in the lower site?

An approach by a company has been received regarding a potential investment opportunity. Further details will be provided in due course.

What will happen to the upper site? Is there planning permission to develop the upper site?

No firm plans have been made as yet, however it is likely that the upper site will be sold with the proceeds invested in maritime facilities.

How will this impact staff and officer cadets/delegates?

Staff and officer cadets/delegates will be relocated to an alternative site in Southampton.

Moving the offices, accommodation and teaching spaces to Southampton will enable different maritime courses and programmes to be brought together.

Students, professional delegates, officer cadets and staff will benefit from a central location with better transport links, a wider choice of local amenities and University facilities, and new, modern, fit-for-purpose teaching spaces and offices.

Have you identified an alternative site?

An alternative site in Southampton will be identified and may require planning and development.

When will it happen?

Any move to an alternative site requires detailed planning and development work. It is envisaged that officer cadets starting in January 2016 will complete their course(s) at the current Warsash site.

A detailed transition plan, with timings, will be developed, which will include communications with staff, students and stakeholders.

Will the cadet accommodation be kept on site? If not, where will the accommodation be located?

We would create a dedicated hall of residence from the existing halls in the city centre.

The Warsash Maritime Academy is seen as a ‘one stop shop’. It is unique, providing a range of different maritime education and training in a distinctive location. If it moves are we not chipping away at the Academy’s reputation and heritage?

The University is committed to the continuation and expansion of maritime education and training and will seek to build on the current reputation of WMA, for example, by extending the Superyacht provision to incorporate undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in yacht and powercraft design; professional courses and Superyacht cadetships.

Any relocation has its challenges, but the brand, experience and quality can travel and translate elsewhere. The transition will be carefully planned to minimise the impact on staff, clients, and cadets/delegates.

Will the relocation to Southampton result in more facilities?

It is hoped to grow and develop facilities, ensuring the expectations of officer cadets, delegates, staff and clients are maintained and exceeded.

What are the interim plans for the Warsash campus and will you sell the Warsash site?

The campus continues to need to be maintained and developed. Some work is already planned for the lower site and further investment will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The upper site is likely to be sold.

People are passionate about Warsash and these changes could have a detrimental impact.

Discussions have taken place with the maritime industry, and while there are mixed views, they are generally supportive of the need for future investment in maritime education and training.

This move will bring challenges and, at times, it will not be easy. All colleagues will be engaged along with other stakeholders to ensure any move is well planned and implemented.

What about members of the public/media?

If there are any questions about the changes from the public, local community or businesses please email smse@solent.ac.uk.

Media should be directed to the Press Office on 023 8201 3040 or by emailing press.office@solent.ac.uk.

Page last updated on Monday 14 March 2016 at 10.19am.

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