Freedom of Information Act 2000

1. Who we are and what we do

This section provides information on the institution, how it is organised, the structures of its boards and committees, its physical location and contact details for some senior individuals on these committees. The section also includes information on the legal status of the institution where specific functions fit in the overall structure of the organisation.

1.1 Legal framework

This part of the list contains information relating to the legal and corporate status of the University. Information in this class is accessible through the website and in paper copies of University publications that are available on request.

No charges will be made for paper copies.

The UK legal framework for the Higher Education Corporation of the University of Portsmouth

The Education Reform Act 1988 and the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 set out how universities must be constituted. Copies of both of these pieces of legislation are available online from the National Archives.

The Instrument and Articles of Government of the University

These can be found on our Board of Governors "About Us" page. Instruments of Government sets out the constitution for, the officers and role, of the Board of Governors. The Articles set out the rules for the conduct of the University, procedures for the Board of Governors and Academic Council, the appointment of senior officers of the University, and other matters. 

Corporate Information

General Factual Information about the University of Portsmouth:

About us - Leadership & Governance, Corporate Information, University Structure

The Institution - Facts & Figures, Our History, University in the City

University Archive - Historical records covering the University and its preceding institutions

1.2 How the University is organised

This section includes information about the management and structure of the University. It includes a description of the Statutory Bodies within the University and the organisational structure, together with a description of the work of each unit. The section also includes information on the terms of reference, membership and description of all boards and committees.

The terms of reference and membership of the following academic boards and committees are currently available in paper format, on request:

  • Academic Policy Committee
  • Academic Policy & Quality Group
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Ethics Committee
  • Equality & Diversity Committee
  • Health & Safety Committee
  • Information Technology Committee
  • International Committee
  • Library Committee
  • Quality Assurance Committee
  • Research Degrees Committee
  • Student Support & Advice Committee
  • University Learning & Teaching Committee
  • University Research & Knowledge Transfer Committee

1.3 Location and contact details

This section includes details of the location and photographs of University buildings in Portsmouth, as well as maps and contact details.

1.4 Lists of, and information relating to, organisations which the university has responsibility for, those it works in partnership with, those it sponsors and companies wholly owned by it

Companies wholly owned by University of Portsmouth

  • University of Portsmouth Enterprise Limited [UPEL]
  • University of Portsmouth Investments Limited [UPIL]
  • University of Portsmouth Services Limited [UPSL]
  • Technology Enterprises Portsmouth Limited [TEPL], incorporating:
    • Portsmouth Technopol Limited
    • Portsmouth Technopol (Holding) Limited
  • ASTA Technology Limited

Companies with which the University of Portsmouth works

1.5 Student activities

The majority of student clubs, associations and non-academic organisations are run by the University of Portsmouth's Students' Union.