On 26th January 2017, Theo attended the official opening of Solent University’s ‘The Spark’ building, marked with a drama performance from students on the perils and pitfalls of stepping out into the working world. The evening also included an In Conversation with Theo Paphitis, networking drinks and a tour of the iconic building.
Guests from the local area watched students perform their own drama examining in a humorous way the best and worst methods for getting that first foot on the employment ladder.
Later on, Theo was candid in his answers on anything from business, football, the EU, Brexit and politicians in general, interviewed by Sheridan Easton, from the University.
The university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Graham Baldwin, described the multi-million pound Spark as an iconic resource for both the university and the city as a whole.
It’s striking red pod, suspended aloft in the Spark’s giant atrium, had already caused a stir, he told the audience, earning the nickname of “The baked Bean” from students.
The Vice Chancellor drew attention to the recent report from QS university ranking body which awarded Southampton Solent five stars for inclusivity and standards of teaching.
“We are immensely proud of the fact 70 per cent of our students are the first in their family to go to university,” said professor Baldwin.