Open letter consultation: Proposed new name for Solent University


Solent University is an Office for Students (OfS) registered higher education provider. It received approval under the Further and Higher Education Act of 1992 to acquire the university title and the power to award its own degrees.


The university proposes to change its name to ‘Southampton Solent University’. We are seeking views on whether the proposed name is, or has the potential to be, confusing or misleading.
Read full details of this consultation on the OfS website

Who is this survey for?

We welcome responses from anyone with an interest in the proposed new name for Solent University.


We are particularly (but not only) interested in hearing from:

  • existing or potential future students of Solent University and their representatives
  • other providers of education with a similar geographic descriptor or based in the same geographic area
  • professional organisations and local employer groups that work with Solent University
  • local, regional, or other bodies with similar names to the proposed name ‘Southampton Solent University’
  • local emergency services to Solent University
  • higher education membership groups.

How to respond to the consultation

Responses should be received by noon on 25 April 2024. Please use this online form to submit your response.

You can choose to 'save and continue' at any point, but to enable this feature you will need to provide your name and email address. You will be emailed a unique link which you can use to return to your survey at a later stage.

If you require the online form in an alternative format, need assistance with the online form, or have questions about this consultation, please contact us on 0117 931 7305 or at

Privacy notice

Here is a summary of how the personal information you submit will be held and used:

  • This survey is optional.
  • To analyse the responses to the consultation, we are collecting personal information (alongside views on the questions raised) to understand who has responded and the perspectives of different stakeholders. To achieve the above aims, the specific uses that will be made of your personal information are listed below.
  • Your name and email address will be collected so that we may contact you for any queries in relation to your submission. It is optional to give your name and address unless you wish to save a partially completed survey to return to later, and your email address will also be collected by Smart Manager if you choose to use its save and continue facility.
  • The organisation you are from (if applicable) and a description will be collected to help us to understand your interest in the matter we are consulting on. We will use this to analyse the responses, including coverage of responses from groups we have identified as potentially having a particular interest in the proposal.
  • We will share anonymised responses to the consultation with the provider to enable it to consider any issues that are raised. 
  • We may summarise and publish some or all responses to this consultation on the OfS website (and in alternative formats on request) as part of our regulatory decision making. This may include a list of the providers and organisations that respond, but this will not include personal data such as individuals’ names, addresses, or other contact details.
  • If we want to use your personal information for a reason other than those purposes set out above, we will tell you before we start that use and give you further information about the new purpose(s).
  • The Data Controller of the personal information you submit will be the Office for Students.
  • The legal basis for processing your personal information is Article 6(1)(e) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - public task; this is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.
  • It will be stored on secure servers within the UK.
  • It will not be routinely shared with any other organisations.
  • Personal data will be retained for one year after the consultation closes then securely disposed of. Consultation responses (with name and email addresses removed) will be retained in accordance with our retention schedule.
  • You have certain rights in relation to your personal information, which are set out at:
  • You may contact our Data Protection Officer with any queries or concerns you have about the use of your personal information.

You may also wish to read the full privacy notice on the OfS website.

If you choose to provide personal information with this consultation response, you will need to consent to us processing your data in line with the privacy notice outlined above *


If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please indicate this below. However, please be aware that we cannot guarantee confidentiality in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not be regarded by us as a confidentiality request. We may need to disclose or publish information that you provide in the performance of our functions or disclose it to other organisations for the purposes of their functions. Information (including personal data) may also need to be disclosed in accordance with UK legislation (such as the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Data Protection Act 2018, and Environmental Information Regulations 2004).

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