University of Portsmouth

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University of Portsmouth
UoP 2017 Logo.jpg
Former names
Portsmouth Polytechnic
Motto Lucem Sequamur (Latin)
Motto in English
Let us follow the Light
Type Public
Established 1992 - University of Portsmouth (gained university status)
1960 - Portsmouth Polytechnic
1869 - Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and the Arts
Endowment £1.79 m (as of 2012)[1]
Chancellor Karen Blackett[2]
Vice-Chancellor Graham Galbraith[2]
Academic staff
Students 22,060 HE (2015/16)[4]
Undergraduates 18,745 (2015/16)[4]
Postgraduates 3,315 (2015/16)[4]
Other students
125 FE[5]
Location Portsmouth, England, UK
Campus Urban
Colours Purple     
Affiliations University Alliance
The Channel Islands Universities Consortium

The University of Portsmouth is a public university in the city of Portsmouth, England, the history of the university dates back to 1908, when the Park building opened as a Municipal college and public library. It was previously known as Portsmouth Polytechnic until 1992, when it was granted university status through the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, it is ranked among the Top 100 universities under 50 in the world. The University offers a range of disciplines, from Pharmacy, International relations and politics, to Mechanical Engineering, Paleontology, Criminology, Criminal Justice, among others, the Guardian University Guide 2018 ranked its Sports Science number one in England ,[6], while Criminology, English, Social Work, Graphic Design and Fashion and Textiles courses are all in the top 10 across all universities in the UK.[6]

Furthermore, 89% of its research conducted in Physics, and 90% of its research in Allied Health Professions (e.g. Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) have been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).[7]

The University is a member of the University Alliance[8] and The Channel Islands Universities Consortium.[9] Alumni include Tim Peake, Grayson Perry, Simon Armitage and Ben Fogle.

Portsmouth was named the UK's most affordable city for students in the Natwest Student Living Index 2016.[10]


The history of the university dates to 1908, when the Park building opened as a Municipal college and public library, the focus was on chemistry and engineering. The roots of the University can be traced back even further to the Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and the Arts.[11] Shortly after in the year of 1911 a Student Union was established; as early records from the Student Union newspaper The Galleon show.[11]

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, this did not hinder its expansion or reputation, as from 1960 to 1980 it opened the Frewen library, gained Polytechnic status and became one of the largest polytechnics by the late 1980s. On 7 July 1992 the inauguration of the University of Portsmouth was celebrated at a ceremony at Portsmouth Guildhall, as one of the new universities, it could validate its own degrees, under the provision of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.


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

Langstone Campus[edit]

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[edit]

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,[12] 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, adjacent to James Watson Hall, named after the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA.

A new faculty called "Creative and Cultural Industries" was opened in September 2006, it provides a unique environment in which all aspects of creative thinking will flourish and develop by combining creative schools from across the university.

Military Technological College of Oman[edit]

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.[13] 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.[14]

Organisation and structure[edit]


Portsmouth is formally headed by the Chancellor, currently Karen Blackett[15], 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. This includes Pro Vice-Chancellors, the Director of Finance and the Deans of faculties, together with the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Human Resources and the University Secretary and Clerk. .[16]


The University of Portsmouth is composed of five faculties divided into 29 departments:[17]


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.[19]

Academic profile[edit]

Portsmouth offers more than 200 undergraduate degrees and 150 postgraduate degrees, as well as 65 research degree programs.[20]

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.[21]


Over 60% of research submitted by the University to REF2014 was rated as world-leading and internationally excellent;[22] 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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]


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Teaching Excellence Framework[34] Gold

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).[35][36]

The University was ranked 37th by The Guardian University Guide 2018,[6] 56th by The Complete University Guide 2018[37] and 59th by The Sunday Times University Guide 2017.[38]

Internationally, the University was ranked 98th in Times Higher Education's ‘100 under 50’ rankings of international modern universities 2017.[39]

Portsmouth was rated in the top 401 - 500 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017.[39]

Student life[edit]

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.

Independent Advice Service[edit]

The Union’s team of trained advisors are on hand all year round to offer that helping hand if it’s needed, whatever the scenario, the independent service works closely with the University of Portsmouth to resolve issues and ensure students are treated fairly.

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.

The Union Advice Service is independent from the University and all enquiries are dealt with in confidence.

Have Your Say - Student Ideas Platform[edit]

Have Your Say is the democratic process for sharing and promoting University of Portsmouth students’ ideas. Popular ideas can create positive impacts for students at the Union, within the University and beyond. Ideas with strong student support help to give the Union and our representatives a clear mandate to make changes on and off campus, on students behalf, and helps prioritise the ideas that matter most to the student-body.

Student-led Societies and Sports Clubs[edit]

The Union supports a diverse range of student-led groups that provide extra-curricular opportunities to students. Ultimately, groups are a great way to socialise, meet new people and relax away from studies occasionally. Many groups also offer development opportunities, students can become committee members leading their groups and learning new skills that look great on CVs. There are over 190 sports clubs, societies, media groups and volunteering opportunities, something for everyone. Students can also create new societies with the support of the Union.

Union Building & Spaces[edit]

The Union has a number of rooms and facilities just for students, on the Ground Floor of the main building you will find the Union Shop & Reception; the first point of call for any queries, University clothing, stationery, event tickets and more. Coffee, hot food and refreshments are available from the Starbucks outlet in the Union Foyer and drinks and entertainment in the adjacent Waterhole Bar (both operated by UoP). There are also Amazon Lockers, opposite the lift, handy for deliveries for when you are not at home.

On the First Floor of the main building, the Student Opportunities Centre is an inclusive space accessible to all students, featuring an open access computer suite. Here you can also find out more about our sports clubs, societies, media, volunteering and fundraising groups. Third Space is a large hall available for social studying. There are also four meeting rooms and a mirrored activities studio available for students.

Gun House opposite the main building is where our Advice Service operate from, should you need help with any academic or non-academic issues. Our Sabbatical Officers also reside within this building. Cafe Coco serves a variety of cakes, coffee and lunches to eat-in or takeaway.

For any enquiries, please contact or visit

Course Reps[edit]

Course Reps are nominated to represent a particular course and year group. They are a designated first point of contact should any issues arise on a student’s course.

Course Reps seek students’ opinions on all aspects of their course, including learning resources, facilities, teaching, assessments and feedback. Training is provided by the Union which enables Course Reps to deal with course related issues or point students in the right direction to receive support and guidance.

Course Reps work together to ensure the voice of students are heard, as a recognised community, Course Reps are highly valued by both the University and the Union. Being a Course Rep provides a unique opportunity to meet students from across the University, plus a chance to develop a range of skills such as communication, leadership and negotiation, whilst building confidence and gaining experience that look on a CV.

Union Representatives[edit]

Sabbatical Officers

The Union is led by five full-time Sabbatical Officers, also known as Sabbs, who are elected by the student body in spring each year. Sabbs attend University committees, working closely with University leaders and other heads of departments to influence positive changes across campus and beyond. Any student can run in our elections to become a Sabb. You can take a year out from your studies or run in your graduating year. It’s a challenging job, but it can be one of the most rewarding.

Student Officers

Student Officers support students within defined communities with their needs or concerns within the Union, the University, or the wider community. They also run campaigns about issues that may affect you. Student Officers are part of the Union Actioning Body (UAB), which work to promote and action students ideas through ‘Have your say’. Any student can run in our elections to become a Student Officer. It’s a part-time voluntary role you can do alongside your studies, and offers the opportunity to develop your skills and experience further.Each Student Officer is supported by a Sabbatical Officer on a one-to-one basis.

Notable people[edit]


Notable students of the University of Portsmouth and its predecessor institutions include


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External links[edit]

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