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University of Portsmouth

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Established 1869 (Gained University status in 1992)
Type Public
Staff 1,264
Students 21,115[1]
Undergraduates 16,300 [1]
Postgraduates 4,510 [1]
Other students 310 [1]
Location Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
Campus Guildhall
Affiliations Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities, Association of Commonwealth Universities, European University Association, The Channel Islands Universities Consortium
Website www.port.ac.uk

The University of Portsmouth is the only university in the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire. It is based on two main campuses, Guildhall and Langstone. Regarded as one of the stronger performing of the Post-1992 universities, it has become increasingly important as a centre of learning along with the University of Southampton in the South East of England. Recently, the two institutions have shown increasing levels of co-operation, for example by submitting in July 2005 a joint bid for £35 million pounds of funding towards a Dentistry school. The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Representation of a university class, 1350s. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... For other places with the same name, see Portsmouth (disambiguation). ... Hampshire, sometimes historically Southamptonshire or Hamptonshire, (abbr. ... The Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities was formed to lobby on research funding and other higher education issues. ... The Association of Commonwealth Universities represents over 480 universities from Commonwealth countries. ... The European University Association (EUA) is the main voice of the higher education community in Europe. ... The Channel Islands Universities Consortium (CHUC) was launched in September 1993. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... Representation of a university class, 1350s. ... For other places with the same name, see Portsmouth (disambiguation). ... Portsmouth Guildhall is the biggest events venue in the Hampshire city of Portsmouth. ... This article is about the English village of Langstone. ... In the UK, the Post-1992 universities or Modern Universities are the former polytechnics or colleges of higher education that were given the status of universities by John Majors government in 1992 or colleges that have been granted university status since then: Post-1992 or Modern Universities Abertay University... The University of Southampton is a university situated in the city of Southampton, on the south coast of Great Britain. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... A Dentist and Dental Assistant perform surgery on a patient. ...

Portsmouth seems better placed than most Post-1992 universities to deal with the surge of applications encouraged by the government's target that 50% of those under-35 should experience Higher Education at some point in their life. Portsmouth has seen its applications for courses increasing, with a 67% year-on-year for the years 2001 - 2005. The University has a successful programme in encouraging wider access to Higher Education through its awarding winning "UP for It" scheme. From the 2006/7 academic year, the University will charge the full amount of £3000 tuition fee for Home/EU students. The University of Cambridge is an institute of higher learning. ...

The University offers a wide range of courses, including some rated excellent by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), such as Pharmacology and Pharmacy, Molecular Biosciences, Organismal Biosciences, Mathematics, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Statistics and Operational Research. Social Sciences are also a strength of the University, with Education, Modern Foreign Languages (with increasing provison for Mandarin Chinese and Arabic), Politics, Psychology, and finally Nursing all rated as excellent by the QAA. The University offers the European Union's ERASMUS programme either as an optional semester or a compulsory year abroad in language courses run by the School of Languages and Area Studies. Another semester abroad can be made in the United States of America at Moorhead State University, Minnesota. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) was established in 1997 to provide an integrated quality assurance service for United Kingdom higher education. ... Euclid, Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... This article is on all of the Northern Chinese dialects. ... Arabic can mean: From or related to Arabia From or related to the Arabs The Arabic language; see also Arabic grammar The Arabic alphabet, used for expressing the languages of Arabic, Persian, Malay ( Jawi), Kurdish, Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi and Urdu, among others. ... Politics is the process by which groups make decisions. ... Psychology is an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. ... Nursing is a profession focused on assisting individuals, families, and communities in attaining, re-attaining, and maintaining optimal health and functioning. ... The ERASMUS programme was established in 1987 and forms a major part of the European Union Socrates II programme. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ...



The University was founded as the Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and the Arts in 1869. Due to the dependence on shipping and trade to the city, the main function of the college was to train the engineers and skilled workmen who went on to work at the city docks, as well as at the large Royal Navy dockyard situated in Portsmouth. However, due to a decline in shipping and population since the World War II, when large swathes of the city were destroyed by German bombing, the college was forced to diversify in terms of its syllabus and teaching in order to attract new students. This steadily continued until the 1960s when, due to a massive government-sponsored expansion in Higher Education, the college was renamed Portsmouth Polytechnic. Along with this new name came the power for Portsmouth to award degrees, accredited and validated by the National Centralised CNNA. The expansion of the polytechnic continued and in the late 1980s, it was considered one of the largest and the best performing polytechnics in the UK. It narrowly missed being awarded university status in its own right in 1990, and instead was awarded university status with the power to validate its own degrees along with the other Polytechnics in 1992, under the provision of the Further and Higher Education Act, 1992. Gosport is a town and district in Hampshire with around 77,000 inhabitants (including Lee-on-the-Solent), situated on the south coast of England. ... Portsmouth Naval Dockyard. ... Damaged package The Panama canal. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... The University of Cambridge is an institute of higher learning. ... The term polytechnic, from the Greek πολύ polú meaning many and τεχνικός tekhnikós meaning arts, is commonly used in many countries to describe an institution that delivers vocational or technical education and training, other countries do not use the term and use alternative terminology. ... Centralization is the process by which the activities of an organization, particularly those regarding decision-making, become concentrated within a particular location and/or group. ... The Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) was a degree awarding authority, from the 1965, in the United Kingdom until 1992. ... The term polytechnic, from the Greek πολύ polú meaning many and τεχνικός tekhnikós meaning arts, is commonly used in many countries to describe an institution that delivers vocational or technical education and training, other countries do not use the term and use alternative terminology. ... The Further and Higher Education Acts 1992 made changes in the funding and administration of further education and higher education within the United Kingdom. ...

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The University is split between two campuses: Guildhall and Langstone. Representation of a university class, 1350s. ... Portsmouth Guildhall is the biggest events venue in the Hampshire city of Portsmouth. ... This article is about the English village of Langstone. ...

Langstone is the smaller of the two campuses, located in Milton, Portsmouth on the eastern edge of Portsea Island, the island on which the city of Portsmouth sits. The campus overlooks Langstone Harbour and it is home to the University's sports grounds. It also includes a canteen and bar, as well as a 'student village', which provides accommodation for 570 students in three halls of residence; Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother (QEQM), Trust and Langstone Flats. Students in QEQM and Langstone Flats have access to en-suite bathrooms. It used to be home of the University's School of Languages and Area Studies. The School has now moved into the Park Building on the Guildhall Campus. Milton is a residential area of the city of Portsmouth in the English county of Hampshire. ... Portsea is a small island on the south coast of England. ... For other places with the same name, see Portsmouth (disambiguation). ... Halls of residence in British English (commonly referred to as halls, and to a lesser extent hall) are a type of residential accommodation for large numbers of students, similar to dormitories in the United States. ...

The Guildhall site is much larger. Unlike most university campuses, it is not all enclosed on one tract of land, instead featuring various university buildings scattered throughout the centre of the city. This campus contains much 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 Victoria Promenade, the city's main esplanade). St Clair Beach and esplanade, Dunedin, New Zealand Promenade at Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete City, Philippines. ...

The University's Frewen Library has recently been extended at a cost of £7 million, originally due to open in October ongoing delays meant that it did not open until January 2007. The University has also in recent years invested in the Faculty of Science, in particular through the renovation of its aluminium-clad main building, St Michael's. The Nuffield Sports Centre used by the Faculty is also being expanded. Across the University there is a programme of renovation and expansion of teaching facilities.

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

Student Union

The University of Portsmouth Students' Union (UPSU, online at www.upsu.net) was voted best Union in the UK in New Musical Express in 2004. Formerly housed in the ex-NAAFI (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes) building Alexandra House, a new £6.5 million purpose-built Union was opened in 2002 at the other end of Ravelin Park, to the north of Frewen Library, though the main entertainment area has been significantly altered recently.

The Union houses two bars, a nightclub and a Balfours/Co-Op grocery shop, along with Blackwells bookshop and also its own radio station, PURE:FM. Tourists sit outside a bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand A Depression-era bar in Louisiana. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Co-op is: A cooperative education program. ... Front of the original Blackwells bookshop Blackwells is a national chain of publishers and bookshops in the United Kingdom. ...

Since the summer of 2005, a restructure resulted in the division of the Union into the UPSU Charity - whose broad remit covers such areas as the running of University clubs and societies - and its trading-orientated operations, under the remit of UPEL (the University of Portsmouth Enterprise Ltd.), a company owned by the University of Portsmouth to "[offer] to business, industry and the public sector the wide range of skills and knowledge in the University" (from here, "What is UPEL?").

The UPSU Charity

The UPSU Charity is a member of the National Union of Students (NUS) - website www.nusonline.co.uk. NUS may refer to the: National Union of Seamen (Britain, 1887-1980) National Union of Students of Australia; National Union of Students of the United Kingdom; or National University of Singapore. ...


The Union's media outlets include radio and magazine- and newspaper-format printed materials, as well as verious periodical publications including the Pompey Guide.

Pure:FM student radio

The Union's student radio station is run as a society as part of the UPSU Charity, with a remit to broadcast student-orientated content suitable for a wide range of audiences.

Further information about Pure:FM can be found on their website at www.purefm.com.

Printed media

Pugwash magazine

The student magazine is called Pugwash (www.pugwashmagazine.com) and is published approximately five times per academic year. In its time it has won the Best Student Magazine award from the National Students Union (www.nusonline.co.uk.

Purple Wednesdays magazine and branding

There is also a weekly sports and societies newspaper called Purple Wednesdays (www.purplewednesdays.com). The name stems from the ubiquitous day for BUSA (British Universities Sports Association) activities and the fact that purple is the corporate colour of the University (though strangely enough, it doesn't feature prominently on the University's armorial bearings). Sporting 'colours' (awarded annually for achievement and effort) are thus "Purples" and "Half Purples". The British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) is the governing body for United Kingdom. ...

"Purple Wednesdays" is also the name given to the branding of the weekly nightclub and bar event held at the Union by the trading company (UPEL).

Pompey Guide

This is published annually to coincide with the start of the academic year, and is designed to offer new and returning students alike a snapshot of the range of facilities on offer throughout the Union, the University, and in the wider context of Portsmouth.

Website UPSU.net

Primarily controlled by the UPSU charity, the Union's website at www.upsu.net was recommissioned in 2005 to provide a single point of reference for each and every activity within the Union. The site covers news, support, general and contact information, as well as listing clubs and societies, details of democratic process and so forth for the UPSU (Charity) side of the Union.

The UPEL (trading) side of the Union is represented under the "Social:Life" heading and its aim is to ensure customers are fully aware of the Union's events and other trading activities. To that end, this can be considered the only part of the UPSU.net website which has a clearly-defined and comparatively tangible role as that of an advertising platform.

UPSU.net is one of the first students' Unions in the country to transfer its membership registration process online, a move which has reaped many rewards for the Union both in terms of reducing the inconvenience associated with the issue of student memberships, and the accuracy and security of the Union's data collection processes.

In the future, the Union have stated their aim to expand the use of the website to capitalise on the ease with which students and non-students alike can provide feedback, as a way of improving the Union's relationship with its customers.


UPEL - the University of Portsmouth Enterprise Ltd., operates the vast majority of the trading functions within the University of Portsmouth Students' Union, including bars and catering, entertainments, and so forth.

Following financial difficulties in 2005, UPSU was re-structured and is now a registered charity, with its trading arm (UPSU Trading Ltd.) placed under the direct control of the University, through the auspices of UPEL (University of Portsmouth Enterprise Ltd, previously only used for commercialising research).

As a result of this new investment, in October 2005 the Union was redeveloped, in particular its bars, and this could allow for extra teaching and exam space.

Further information about UPEL's role on the Union's website can be found here.

Further information on the Union's trading activities can be found at www.upsu.net/sociallife.

Student activities

The University offers a wide range of sports clubs, and fields teams in many competitions and in BUSA leagues. The sports on offer vary from traditional team games like Football, Rugby Union, and Cricket to Octopush, a form of under-water hockey. Notably, the University is home to the longest running university paintball club in the United Kingdom. Unsurprisingly given Portsmouth's rich maritime history and location, Sailing and Rowing are also very popular, and the sailing team enters a team the for the annual Cowes Week regatta on the Isle of Wight. Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A rugby union scrum. ... For the insect, see Cricket (insect). ... Underwater hockey (also called Octopush) is a non-contact sport in which two teams compete in a swimming pool to maneuver a puck sliding across the bottom of the pool into the opponents goal with a short stick. ... For the songs, see Sailing (song). ... Rowing in the Amstel River by a student rowing club. ... Cowes Week is the longest-running regular regatta in the world. ... The Isle of Wight is an English island and county, off the southern English coast, to the south of the county of Hampshire. ...

Despite not offering a degree in Music, the University has a full time music department offering instrumental lessons and ensembles. These include the Choir, Orchestra, Wind Band and Big Band. Allegory of Music on the Opéra Garnier Music is an art form that involves organized and audible sounds and silence. ...

Student Union
Student Union

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The Chancellor of the University is Lord Palumbo of Walbrook, a property developer who was once Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain. He sits as a Conservative peer in the House of Lords and was educated at Eton College and also Worcester College, Oxford. No. ... The Arts Council of Great Britain was a Quango dedicated to the promotion of the fine arts in Britain. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In the United Kingdom, Life Peers are appointed members of the Peerage whose titles may not be inherited (those whose titles are inheritable are known as hereditary peers). ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ... The Kings College of Our Lady of Eton beside Windsor, commonly known as Eton College or just Eton, is an internationally renowned public school (privately funded and independent) for male students, founded in 1440 by Henry VI. It is located in Eton, Berkshire, near Windsor in England, situated north... College name Worcester College Collegium Vigorniense Named after Sir Thomas Cookes, Worcestershire Established 1714 Sister College St Catharines College Provost Richard Smethurst JCR President Minesh Tanna Undergraduates 408 MCR President Tom Marshall Graduates 167 Homepage Worcester College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in...

The Vice-Chancellor is Professor John Craven who was appointed in 1997. Professor Craven is an economist, and was educated at the University of Cambridge and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He previously was a Professor of Economics at the University of Kent. Alan Greenspan, former chairman, United States Federal Reserve. ... The University of Cambridge, located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, with a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ... The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private, coeducational research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... The University of Kent is a plate glass campus university in Kent, England. ...

The Pro Vice Chancellor is Professor John David Turner appointed in 2006.


Portsmouth Business School

  • Department of Accounting and Law
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Human Resource and Marketing Management
  • Department of Strategy and Business Systems

Faculty of Technology

  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • School of Computing
  • Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
  • Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • School of Environmental Design and Management
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Mechanical and Design Engineering
  • Technology Extended Campus

Faculty of Science

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Geography
  • School of Professionals Complementary to Dentistry
  • School of Health Sciences and Social Work
  • Institute of Marine Sciences
  • School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • School of Education and Continuing Studies
  • School of Languages and Area Studies
  • School of Social, Historical, and Literary Studies

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

  • Portsmouth School of Architecture
  • School of Art, Design, and Media
  • School of Creative Arts, Film, and Media
  • Department of Creative Technologies
  • Portsmouth Centre for Enterprise
King Henry Building
King Henry Building

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Notable Alumni

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  1. ^ a b c d Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2004/05. Higher Education Statistics Agency online statistics. Retrieved on 2006-11-18.

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External links

  • University of Portsmouth website
  • PURE:FM - University of Portsmouth's Student Radio Station
  • UPSU - University of Portsmouth's Student Union Website

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