University of Portsmouth

  • 19000 Students (3000 int'l)
  • #301 WUR
  • Public University
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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.

About 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 3000 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 Britains 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. 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 years 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.

New developments

  • In September 2010 we opened our Dental Academy in the heart of the city of Portsmouth. An innovative partnership between the University of Portsmouth and Kings 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 £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 Universitys 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
  • UKs 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 £11 million extension. It is recognised among architects for its green credentials and among students for its wireless and internet technologies
  • Renovations to the £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 £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 £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 £12 million library extension, opened in January 2007 by crime author PD James.

The Universitys 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.

Student life at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast, full of character. If you are looking for a friendly, compact city, where everything is within easy reach, Portsmouth is the ideal choice.

You will really have the best of both worlds when living here; most of the University buildings are located in the heart of the city, while four miles of seafront is only a short walk away, great for spending your free time outside of lectures. Gunwharf Quays, the impressive harbour-side complex is also centrally located and a great place for shopping and entertainment.

It's easy to get around the city too; it is compact and flat making it great for walking or cycling. If you fancy traveling further afield, the harbour's ferry port offers a number of cross-channel ferry routes to France, Spain and the Channel Islands. Or closer to home, you can hop on the hovercraft or ferry to the Isle of Wight, home to the Isle of Wight Festival, great for a day out or a short break away. The city is also only 90 minutes to London by train and Southampton airport is also nearby, great for UK and European destinations.

Seafront location

Just a short walk from the city centre, you can enjoy a breath of fresh air and fantastic sea views on Southsea seafront. Four miles of beach are backed by green spaces of Southsea Common, great for meeting friends, picnics in the summer as well as running, cycling and football. The Common also hosts a range of activities throughout the year including a kite festival, running events and live music.


As well as the high street shops in the centre of the city, Portsmouth has many shopping areas to suit everyone's taste and budget. All are within easy access, so from the bustle of the city centre, you can walk to Gunwharf Quays, which offers over 90 outlet designer shops and stores, and with its many restaurants and cafés, there's plenty of places to stop for a coffee break. Follow the water's edge down to Southsea where you'll find a mix of high street and independent and specialist stores. Be sure to visit Albert Road, with its collection of independent and quirky shops, retro clothes, antiques and crafts.

Eating and drinking

The city has a fantastic variety of restaurants and cafés to tickle everyone's taste buds so you really will be spoilt for choice. Gunwharf Quays has a great range of eateries, with over 30 bars and restaurants, where you can sit and view the boats on the Solent. Southsea has a range of contemporary cafés, individual bars and restaurants to choose from. You'll also find cafés and pubs along the cobbled streets of historic Old Portsmouth, between Southsea and Gunwharf Quays.

Cultural pursuits

Portsmouth was the home to key historical figures including Charles Dickens, Brunel and Arthur Conan Doyle, and there are plenty of places to discover the stories and history of the city. There are over 12 museums as well as the Aspex Art Gallery, Portsmouth's leading contemporary art gallery where you'll find the works of local artists presented alongside internationally recognised names. The city is also home to two Victorian theatres, the Kings Theatre and New Theatre Royal, both of which offer a variety of shows from pantomine to contemporary plays, musicals and comedies.

Nightlife, live-music, comedy and cinema

Catch all the latest films at the multiplex cinema at Gunwharf Quays or visit Cinema No.6 in the dockyard for independent and world cinema. The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea hold fortnightly comedy nights, a great and inexpensive night out, and here you can also catch live bands and club nights.

Portsmouth Guildhall also regularly hosts concerts and live shows, and there are pubs in the city where you can see live music. However you want to spend your time, there are a range of bars and clubs for all, many of which offer student nights.

City sport

Southsea Common offers plenty of opportunities to get involved in a variety of sporting activities from football to frisbee, cycling and walking. Being a waterfront destination, you could also be enjoying sailing on the Solent. If you enjoy watching football, be sure to visit Fratton Park, the home of premier team Portsmouth FC, and winners of the FA cup in 2008.

Maritime heritage

Portsmouth is a city proud of its maritime heritage, and there are lots of things to do and explore when you're here. Take a trip to the Historic Dockyard, home to HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, the Mary Rose and the Royal Naval Museum. Discover how the sailors of the past lived their lives serving the nation in these great ships.

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