About the University
A brief history of the University
The University of Portsmouth has experienced many changes since it began in 1869 as Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science & the Arts.
The School was renamed in 1894 as the Portsmouth Municipal Technical Institute and later moved to Eldon building in 1908, becoming the Municipal College and Public Library, with the college focus being chemistry and engineering.
In 1969, the College was renamed Portsmouth Polytechnic and was then granted University status in 1992, becoming the University of Portsmouth.
The University has continued to change and grow in the intervening years, with many additions, including the opening of the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy, housed in the William Beatty building, a state of the art training facility developed in partnership between the University, King’s College London Dental Institute and the National Health Service.
Eldon Building, housing our Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries gained an additional 3,000 square metres in 2014. The new west wing stands as a beacon for the arts, encompassing textiles and fashion to broadcast media and game design, from photography and graphics to architecture and film.
You can find out much more about the history of the University on our website
The University today
You can find out about the University’s leadership and governance, corporate information, and the University structure on the University’s about us page.