University of Portsmouth
The University of Portsmouth is a leading modern university with a strong reputation for teaching and research. Many of our academics are international leaders in their fields and our students learn from experts who are pushing forward the boundaries of knowledge.
Our 19 000 students, including 3 000 from over 100 countries, are supported by over 3000 staff. We offer superb facilities in a vibrant waterfront location — a university by the sea but in the heart of one of Britain’s most historic cities. The main Guildhall campus, dotted around the city centre, has undergone extensive redevelopment with the establishment of a University Quarter.
The University of Portsmouth is a research-active university with wide range of activities across many subjects. Areas of international excellence include the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences, the Centre for European and International Research and the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation. We also have well-developed strengths in applied research with business, industry and the public and voluntary sectors.
We are proud of our teaching record, receiving the highest possible rating in the most recent Quality Assurance Agency audit.Â The 2010 National Students Survey places Portsmouth within the top 25 mainstream English universities for overall satisfaction with 85% of full-time students reporting being satisfied or very satisfied with their course, higher than the national average of 82%.
Applications to the University of Portsmouth increased by 20% (28,448) in 2010 and by 26% (23,632) in 2009 and we received a 13 per cent increase in research funding following success in last year’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The average increase across the sector was 8 per cent.
The University has excellent links with industry and a strong record of student employability. The University recruitment agency, Purple Door Careers and Recruitment, offers a wide range of careers resources, skills workshops, careers guidance and employer events to support students and graduates in gaining graduate employment. Our experienced recruitment consultants work in collaboration with local and national businesses, charities and organisations to source graduate opportunities and assist graduates at every step of the recruitment process.
We have a clear focus on Enterprise, and our Centre for Enterprise, established in 2000, aims to inspire Portsmouth students to learn and succeed in entrepreneurship, offering free training and mentoring to both former and current students.
Arts and Humanities are additional areas of strength; our newly established Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries meets the need for talented graduates of the fast-growing creative and cultural sector of the regional and national economy.
* In September 2010 we will open the Dental Academy in the heart of the city of Portsmouth. An innovative partnership between the University of Portsmouth and King’s College London Dental Institute, The Dental Academy will become the largest dental academic centre in the UK and will be the first of its kind in the country offering integrated team-based training programmes for dentists and dental care professionals.
* Recent new builds include the Â£9.4million Denis Sciama Building, the new home of the world-renowned Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation.
* A new Centre for Counter Fraud Studies opened recently within the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies and a new ‘mock courtroom’ was launched by the School of Law where students can take part in mock-trials.
* A fully stocked model pharmacy was opened recently to help equip students in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences with the skills they need to become pharmacists while journalism students can take advantage of a state-of-the art newsroom.
* ‘Space’ – the University’s gallery and exhibition area – is going from strength to strength, attracting visiting artists and displaying a year round programme showcasing the work of students, staff and alumni
* A prestigious Centre for Molecular Design was re-launched in 2008. The Centre will undertake new work which includes designing cutting-edge molecular modelling software for pharmaceutical companies to help develop new drugs
* UK’s first dedicated brain tumour research centre established, evolving out of a superbly equipped laboratory base
* The University Library was commended in the 2008 Civic Trust Awards for its Â£11 million extension. It is recognised among architects for its green credentials and among students for its wireless and internet technologies
* Renovations to the Â£6.5 million Student Centre include The Third Space, a new study and relaxation area where students can shut themselves away in inflatable study pods or watch giant wall-mounted television screens while relaxing on huge pink sofas.
Other facilities include:
The Â£4.5million ExPERT Centre containing a fully-kitted out operating theatre and hospital ward, home to our computerised mannequins which breathe oxygen, drool, secrete fluids, blink, bleed and even react to drugs injected into their bodies. The facility trains students in the biomedical sciences and healthcare professions.
A purpose-built Â£2.5 million sports science building houses first class laboratories, a swimming flume and two British Olympic Medical Centre-accredited climatic chambers;
The eco-friendly Portland Building, with its solar panels and the Â£12 million library extension, opened in January 2007 by crime author PD James.
The University’s progressive approach to computing technology has resulted in an almost entirely wireless campus allowing thousands of students and staff to enjoy the benefits and freedom of wireless, mobile computing. All rooms in halls of residence have very high-speed broadband (10Mbps) which is totally free.