Solent University’s Warsash Merchant Navy cadets are relocating to the university’s main campus in Southampton city centre.

Starting in the spring, Solent will be starting a planned relocation of the Warsash Maritime School (WMS) from its St Mary’s campus to the university’s East Park Terrace building.

The relocation aims to further enhance the experience for cadets and students by consolidating maritime training and most of its facilities on a single city centre campus.

This will work alongside the Maritime Simulation Centre, the Towing Tank and Stability Tank, and the university’s two maritime research centres and comes as new engineering workshops have been set up on the campus. 

Lars Lippuner, Director of WMS, said: “To enable us to be a global leader in maritime training and research, we are continuously looking at ways to ensure our teaching, training and research provision not only meets, but exceeds expectations.  

“This move will not only benefit our cadets, students, staff and clients, it will provide more interdisciplinary collaboration and research opportunities that will benefit the maritime industry as a whole.”

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The move is expected to improve access to the university’s services and facilities, including its catering outlets, the library, Solent Sports Complex and Solent Students’ Union. 

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The School’s Ship Handling Centre and safety training facilities will remain at their respective Timsbury and Warsash sites.  

Solent University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor James Knowles, said: “Solent’s Estate master plan is to increase teaching and learning spaces and collaborative environments at East Park Terrace.

“The strategy also supports the introduction of the Institute of Technology (IoT), due for completion by the end of 2024.

“We are confident this move will improve access to facilities and enhance the experience of everyone who studies and works at our university.”