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Universities UK The University of Portsmouth (legally University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation, also known as Portsmouth University) is a public university in the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. The earliest incarnation of the University existed in the Victorian era, and until 1992 the University was known as Portsmouth Polytechnic before being granted university status. It is a high-performing University Alliance establishment across national league tables, placed within the top 25 of UK universities. It is one of only four universities in the South-East to be rated Gold in the Government Teaching Excellence Framework. Portsmouth has educated a wide range of people, including Tim Peake, Grayson Perry, Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, Sir John Armitt, Baroness Diana Maddock, and CEO of HSBC John Flint. Its alumni can be found worldwide, holding senior and executive positions in banking, politics, and civil engineering. Staff at the University include Alessandro Melis, curator of the Italian Pavilione at the XVII Venice Biennale, and astrophysicist and Eddington Medal winner Prof. Claudia Maraston. The University is a member of the University Alliance and The Channel Islands Universities Consortium. The University offers a range of disciplines, including Pharmacy, International Relations, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Paleontology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice.


The roots of the University can be traced back to the Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and Art. which opened in 1870 and was funded by subscription. Technical education (including science-based subjects) later became the responsibility of the local authority, which founded Portsmouth Municipal Technical Institute in 1894 to fulfil this function. However, the city required a permanent purpose-built home for technical education and as a consequence Portsmouth Municipal College was constructed on a site behind Portsmouth Guildhall. Portsmouth Municipal College opened in 1908 (the new college replaced Portsmouth Municipal Technical Institute, although many of the staff transferred to the new institution) and the building also incorporated the College of Art, Portsmouth Day Training College for teachers and a public library. The original college building is still in use by the University of Portsmouth and is now known as Park Building. In 1911 two Student Unions were established for male and female students; as early records from the Student Union newspaper ''The Galleon'' show. From 1945 to 1960 the college diversified its syllabus adding arts and humanities subjects after World War II, in response to a decline in the need for engineering skills. In 1953 the institution changed its name to Portsmouth College of Technology. The college gained polytechnic status in 1969 and by the late 1980s was one of the largest polytechnics in the UK . On 7 July 1992 the inauguration of the University of Portsmouth was celebrated at a ceremony at Portsmouth Guildhall. As a new university, it could validate its own degrees, under the provision of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. On Friday 4 May 2018, the University of Portsmouth was revealed as the main shirt sponsor of Portsmouth F.C. for the 2018–19, 2019–20 and 2020–21 seasons.


The university is split between the University Quarter, which is centred around the Portsmouth Guildhall area, and the Langstone Campus.

Langstone Campus

Langstone is the smaller of the two campuses, located in Milton on the eastern edge of Portsea Island. The campus overlooks Langstone Harbour and it is home to the university's sports grounds. It also houses a restaurant for the students and provides accommodation for 565 students in three halls of residence: Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother (QEQM), Trust Hall and Langstone Flats. Langstone Campus used to be home of the University's School of Languages and Area Studies, which has since moved into Park Building in the University Quarter.

University Quarter

The University Quarter is a collection of university buildings located around the centre of the city. This area contains most of the university's teaching facilities and nearly all of the Student Halls of residence (except the Langstone student village and two halls (Rees Hall and Burrell House) located on Southsea Terrace. The University Library (formerly the Frewen Library) was extended in 2006 at a cost of £11 million. It was opened by the crime writer P. D. James. The University has also recently invested in the Faculty of Science, in particular by renovating the aluminium-clad main building, St Michael's. A new faculty called "Creative and Cultural Industries" was opened in September 2006. File:Anglesea Buildings - geograph.org.uk - 698718.jpg|Anglesea buildings File:Greethamhalls.jpg|Greetham halls File:James Watson Building, University of Portsmouth - geograph.org.uk - 497542.jpg|James Watson building File:New University Building - Portsmouth - geograph.org.uk - 767592.jpg File:Park Building, University of Portsmouth - geograph.org.uk - 548659.jpg|Park building File:Portsmouth University House.jpg|University House File:Sports field in front of University of Portsmouth Halls of Residence - geograph.org.uk - 1071294.jpg|Sports fields File:St Michael's Building, Portsmouth University - geograph.org.uk - 497526.jpg|St Michael's building File:University of Portsmouth Dennis Sciama building.JPG|Dennis Sciama building File:EldonPortsmouth.jpg|Eldon building File:University of Portsmouth Library, Ravelin Park - geograph.org.uk - 498244.jpg|Library File:University of Portsmouth Ravelin House.jpg|Ravelin House File:Portsmouthbusinessschool.jpg|Richmond Building

Military Technological College of Oman

On 7 June 2013, the University of Portsmouth announced its partnership with the Military Technological College of Oman. This involves the University of Portsmouth providing academic guidance and academic accreditation for the education of 4,200 students with technical roles in armed services and a few civilian employers in the Sultanate of Oman. This has been criticised by the student Amnesty International Society and by Campaign Against the Arms Trade who consider Oman an authoritarian regime, likely to use military capabilities on their own citizens or in regional conflicts.

Organisation and structure


Portsmouth is formally headed by the Chancellor, currently Karen Blackett. The Chancellor is largely a ceremonial role; Portsmouth is run day-to-day by the Vice-Chancellor, presently Graham Galbraith, along with a single integrated decision-making body known as the University Executive Board https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/university-executive-board. This includes Pro Vice-Chancellors, the Director of Finance and the Executive Deans of Faculties, together with the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Human Resources and the University Secretary and Clerk.


The University of Portsmouth is composed of five faculties divided into 29 departments: Faculty of Business and Law :Portsmouth Business School, with subject groups: * Accounting and Financial Management * Economics and Finance * Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management * Marketing and Sales * Operations and Systems Management * Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation * Portsmouth Law School Faculty of Technology * School of Civil Engineering and Surveying * School of Computing * Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation * School of Energy and Electronic Engineering * School of Mechanical and Design Engineering * School of Mathematics and Physics * Department for Learning at Work Faculty of Science and Health * School of Biological Sciences * School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences (includes Palaeontology) * Dental Academy * School of Health and Care Professions * School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences * Department of Psychology * School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences * Institute of Criminal Justice Studies * School of Education and Childhood Studies * School of Languages and Applied Linguistics * School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries * Portsmouth School of Architecture * School of Art, Design and Performance * School of Film, Media and Communication * School of Creative Technologies


The University of Portsmouth is worth £1.1 billion to the British economy and brings £476 million to the city, an independent assessment in 2017 has shown.

Academic profile

Portsmouth offers more than 200 undergraduate degrees and 150 postgraduate degrees, as well as 65 research degree programs. The university formerly validated BSc (Hons) degrees in Acupuncture and MSc courses in Traditional Chinese medicine that were carried out by the ''London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine,'' a private education provider that collapsed in early 2011.


Over 60% of research submitted by the University to REF2014 was rated as world-leading and internationally excellent. In two subject areas respectively - Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, and Physics - 90% and 89% of all research submitted was rated as world leading and internationally excellent. In 2015, the University of Portsmouth won a £272,000 award from the Education and Training Foundation to research how best to deliver study programmes in the UK. In 2016, Dr Victoria Wang and Professor Mark Button, of the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, were awarded £299,355 by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to investigate unintended consequences of data release, including those associated with issues of trust, identity, privacy and security. The project is in partnership with Swansea University's Department of Computer Science, the DVLA and other government agencies. In 2017 Alessandro Melis and Steffen Lehmann created the interdisciplinary project CRUNCH: Climate Resilient Urban Nexus Choices: Operationalising the Food-Water-Energy Nexus. This is a £1.6 million research project funded by Horizon 2020, Belmont Forum, ESRC and other funding bodies. University of Portsmouth is leading the project. The partners are five universities from Miami, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Uppsala and Taiwan. Crunch involves universities, local authorities and small business.


The University of Portsmouth is one of only four universities in the south east to achieve the highest Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The University was ranked 21st by The Guardian University Guide 2020, 51st by The Complete University Guide 2019 and 53rd by The Sunday Times University Guide 2018. Internationally, the University was ranked 98th in Times Higher Education's ‘100 under 50’ rankings of international modern universities 2017. Portsmouth was rated in the top 401 – 500 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017.

Student life

The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union (UPSU) is a registered charity that represents and supports all UoP students, who automatically become members upon registering for their course. The Students’ Union offers members support services, development opportunities and represent them at different levels throughout the University, in the community and beyond. The earliest record of the Union is in the September 1911 edition of ''The Galleon'' student magazine. From 1965, the Union was based in Union House - now St Paul's Gym - on St Pauls Road. In 1983, it moved to the ex-NAAFI building, Alexandra House, where it remained for 19 years. Since 2002, the union has been situated at the north end of Ravelin Park. The Union previously housed two nightclubs, Lux and Co2, but these were closed and redeveloped for other uses in 2009. The Union Advice Service offers confidential, impartial and non-judgemental support. The service delivers a range of academic & non-academic, information, advice, and guidance to the students of the University of Portsmouth and partner institutions. The service also undertakes other activities and events throughout the year to promote the health and wellbeing of students. The Advice Service is based in Gun House at The Union, next door to Cafe Coco. Portsmouth was named the UK's most affordable city for students in the Natwest Student Living Index 2016.

Societies and sports clubs

The Union supports a range of over 150 student-led groups that provide extra-curricular opportunities to students, including sports clubs, societies, media groups and volunteering opportunities. Students can also create new societies with the support of the Union. The Students' Union offers a range of sports clubs which are administered by the Athletic Union The sports range from traditional team games like athletics, football, cricket, rugby union, netball, trampolining, and table tennis to octopush (a form of underwater hockey), lacrosse, polo and pole dancing. As of October 2020 there are 38 different sports clubs . The Students' Union runs a number of volunteering projects, such as HEFCE's Volunteering Team of the Year. In 2010, the Union was awarded a £15,000 grant to work with elderly residents in the city.

Student media

The university has four main media outlets. ''The Galleon'' the student newspaper, ''Pugwash'' the student magazine and is the oldest student media attached to the university, ''Victory Studios'' the student television station and ''Pure FM'', the student radio station, which works alongside local radio stations including Express FM.

Notable people


* Matthew Weait, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences *Alessandro Melis, Professor of Architecture Innovation and curator of the Italian Pavilione at the XVII Venice Biennale *David Wands, Professor of Cosmology at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation *Claudia Maraston, Professor of Astrophysics and winner of the 2018 Eddington Medal *Neil Rackham, Visiting Professor at Portsmouth Business School and award-winning author


Notable students of the University of Portsmouth and its predecessor institutions include: * Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, currently serving as the 20th Inspector General of Police of Nigeria * Dr Paola Arlotta, Chair of the Regenerative Biology Department at Harvard University * Simon Armitage CBE, poet, playwright and novelist who was appointed Poet Laureate in 2019 * Sir John Armitt CBE, civil engineer and chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority * The Ven. Ian Bishop, Archdeacon of Macclesfield * Jonathan Bullock, former Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands constituency * The Rt Hon. Lord David Chidgey, Liberal Democrat politician and former Member of Parliament for Eastleigh * The Rt Hon. Ron Davies, former Secretary of State for Wales and Member of Parliament for Caerphilly * John Flint, British banker and former Chief Executive Officer of HSBC * Ben Fogle, broadcaster, writer and adventurer * Christine Foyer, Professor of Plant Science at Birmingham University *Tim Godwin OBE QPM, former police officer who served as Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis * Casyo 'Krept' Johnson BEM, London-based musician and half of Krept and Konan *Craig Jones MBE, Royal Navy officer and campaigner * Nick Kennedy, retired rugby union player and former Director of Rugby at London Irish * Rachel Lowe MBE, businesswoman and developer of the Destination board games * The Rt Hon. Baroness Diana Maddock, former President of the Liberal Democrats and Member of Parliament for Christchurch * Ehsan Masood, science writer, journalist, broadcaster, and lecturer at Imperial College London * Andrew Miller, former Member of Parliament for Ellesmere Port and Neston * The Hon. Gerard Collier, 5th Baron Monkswell, politician and hereditary peer * Dr Darren Naish, vertebrate palaeontologist, author, science communicator, and scientific advisor to Netflix * Major Tim Peake CMG, Army Air Corps officer, European Space Agency astronaut, and former International Space Station crew member * Grayson Perry CBE, contemporary artist, writer, broadcaster, and recipient of the Turner Prize * John Rees, national officer of the Stop the War Coalition and Visiting Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London * The Ven. Vernon Ross, Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness * Carol Smart CBE, feminist sociologist and academic at Manchester University *Lauren Steadman, Paralympic athlete who competed in three Summer Paralympics in both swimming and the paratriathlon * Anthony Tucker-Jones, former defence intelligence officer and a widely published military expert * Martin Whitmarsh, businessman and Chief Executive of McLaren Racing


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