University considers maritime academy move

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A MARITIME academy that teaches around 5,000 students could move out of its village campus as the university reviews its viability.

Southampton Solent University, which runs Warsash Maritime Academy, has carried out a business review for the past few months.

Governors discussed the options - either to invest in the Warsash site or to move facilities to Southampton - at a meeting on Wednesday, April 29.

They decided that the preferred option would be to move all or some of the facilities to East Park Terrace in Southampton city centre.

A spokesperson said: ‘We place great value on our maritime education and training provision. This review will bring our maritime education and training onto a long-term, sustainable footing and enable us to be equipped to meet the challenges and demands ahead, including opportunities to grow our business.

‘Increased competition, an uncertain future of funding, and a need to respond to the growing demands of cadets, delegates and clients mean that we need to ensure a learning experience that consistently meets and exceeds expectations for maritime education and training.’