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Portsmouth joins survey to create ‘movie of the sky’

The University of Portsmouth has become one of the latest supporters of a new telescope which is being built to produce movies of the sky. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will produce…

New advice for children to avoid abduction

Children who say no, run away or call for help are more likely to avoid being abducted by strangers than those who lash out, a new study from the University of Portsmouth has…

Hope, humility and humour triumph for Beirut hostage

The University’s third annual Chancellor’s dinner took place last Friday and was a resounding success. John McCarthy, the former journalist and Beirut hostage, held the audience enthralled as he spoke of his time in captivity.

‘Dragon thief’ dinosaur named

The skeleton of the earliest Jurassic dinosaur ever found has been named Dracoraptor, meaning dragon thief, in a paper published today. The dinosaur has been described by University of Portsmouth palaeontologists Dr Dave…

Breasts might be putting girls off sport

About half of all girls at UK secondary schools might be avoiding sport because of embarrassment or pain caused by their breasts, according to new research. The study also found that very few…

Scientists help bring oysters back to Solent

Experts from the Institute of Marine Science (IMS) have joined forces with Land Rover BAR and its partner organisations on a project to revive the Solent’s devastated oyster fishery.

Student volunteers help feed the 5,000

Student volunteers helped turn unwanted supermarket food into free hot meals for thousands of Portsmouth residents. The Feeding the 5,000 event, organised by Portsmouth Food Partnership, saw about 15 students join a huge…

Good luck, bonne chance, boa sorte Tim Peake!

Counting down to Tim’s big trip. Tim Peake, astronaut and University of Portsmouth Alumnus, blasts off into space on 15 December. Watch the video of staff wishing him good luck in 15 languages.

September 28, 2015 · general news, Staff · 2 Comments · Press Office

Sandi Toksvig joined by hundreds at parkrun

Over 450 students, staff and community parkrunners joined the broadcaster and comedian to walk, jog or run five kilometres along the seafront in glorious sunshine.

Film graduates bursting with talent

Lawrence Fish, Ben Cook and Simon Shergold’s film has been shortlisted for the Guild of Television Cameraman Bill Vinten University Prize and the 2015 Long Beach International Film Festival.

Mini spin increases anxiety and heart rate

The heart rate of four journalists increased by 100 per cent and their anxiety sky-rocketed nearly 400 per cent after whizzing around the Goodwood race track in Mini’s new car. A team of…

Four-legged snake fossil found

An “absolutely exquisite” fossil of a snake that had four legs has been discovered by a team of scientists and may help show how snakes made the transition from lizards to serpents.

Game on for high-flying graduates

Games design students in Portsmouth have set the bar high for all those in the UK who dream of publishing their own computer games. City Block Cats, available on the Google Play Android…

Chimps can vary their smiles like humans

The video clip shows laughter and social play in male chimps. A new study has revealed that chimpanzees have the same types of smiles as humans when laughing, which suggests these smile types…

Portsmouth Graduate Show opens in style

The show features a gallery, cinema and media complex in the Eldon Building, showcasing the work of graduating students from a broad range of creative disciplines.

Science helps clean up world’s rivers

How experts at Portsmouth are helping to protect water quality worldwide is the subject of a public lecture next week. Professor Graham Mills’ inaugural lecture, ‘From slug pellets to Fukushima’, is on Wednesday,…

May 11, 2015 · general news · 1 Comments · Press Office

Crisis students battle with disaster

Students at the University of Portsmouth have been coping with the aftermath of an earthquake, and encountering terrorists and kidnappers, without leaving the city. The Crisis and Disaster Management MSc students have been…

Sandi Toksvig in conversation with leading human rights lawyer

Arguing for the death penalty in a debating class at school ignited a lifelong passion for advocacy, Britain’s leading human rights lawyer, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, told students and alumni at the Chancellor’s…

Illustrators bring creatures to life

Hundreds of mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and fish in ink, in paint, on film and in the air are being exhibited after what started as a small project for illustration students took on…

Astounding film up for top award

Four students who have taken an in-depth look at disability have been nominated for a prestigious award. Living Differently, a documentary about people with different disabilities, has been shortlisted in the factual category…

Student wins award with unusual dance video

A University of Portsmouth PhD student who explained the life cycle of a star using a dance video has won this year’s Early Career Physics Communicator Award. Claire Le Cras, a third year…

Students make charity music video

A new charity music video to raise money for World AIDS day today has been produced by a team of third year television and film production students from the University of Portsmouth. The…

Homosexuality may help us bond

Homosexual behaviour may have evolved to promote social bonding in humans, according to new research. The results of a preliminary study provide the first evidence that our need to bond with others increases…

Male crustaceans win battle against being feminised

Male crustaceans can ‘lock down’ their maleness to avoid being completely feminised by seawater contaminated by feminising pollutants, according to scientists. New research by scientists at the University of Portsmouth has shown that…

If you want to win, let it all out

Sportsmen and women who want to win need to let their feelings out, according to new research. In the first study to examine the effect in endurance sport of suppressing emotions, Dr Chris…

Astronaut and alumnus talks to Portsmouth

Watch the video above for highlights from the National Astronomy Meeting 2014. An officer in the British Army who fought off thousands to earn a job as an astronaut said the biggest challenge…

Flash mob University choir help open Eldon

A flash mob choir burst into song from hidden corners at the official opening of the University of Portsmouth’s new home for the arts, the Eldon building. The new £14m west wing stands…

University takes on 24-hour broadcast challenge

The University of Portsmouth is taking on the challenge of broadcasting a 24-hour live stream of original programmes, documentaries, short films and events as they happen. Over 60 television and broadcasting students and…

University A-Z: From Ageing to Zombies

From the Ageing Network to Zombies – the A to Z of the University of Portsmouth is being broadcast across the local airwaves on community radio station Express FM. With the aim of…

April 23, 2014 · general news, Staff · 2 Comments · Press Office

Promotional video wins prestigious backing

A video about studying art and design at the University of Portsmouth has been shortlisted for a prestigious national Learning on Screen Award. The awards are sponsored by British Universities Film and Video…

Research leadership is an art

Research leaders have a lot in common with artists, according to Professor Tara Dean, Director of Research at the University of Portsmouth. Research leaders need to nurture others and see researchers as “a…

Prawns on Prozac – antidepressants threaten aquatic wildlife

Tiny quantities of anti-depressants are affecting aquatic wildlife such as crustaceans and molluscs, a new study shows. Scientists are increasingly aware that drugs like Prozac and Sertraline, the most commonly prescribed antidepressants can…

Tiny crocodile skull reveals new ancient species

Two fragments of a tiny crocodile skull found three months apart by different private collectors not only fit together perfectly to make a complete skull they also reveal a remarkable new species of…

February 11, 2014 · general news, Staff, Students · 4 Comments · Press Office

First Chancellor’s dinner a glittering affair

Britain’s most famous journalist, John Humphrys, swapped roles and agreed to be interviewed at the University of Portsmouth’s first Chancellor’s dinner. Political spin, reality television, British newspaper journalism and an unfulfilled longing to…

Stunning new platform for arts

Video of ‘Changing Faces’ installation courtesy of Jack Daly www.jackdaly.me   A major new studio space in the city has won £30,000 funding to help put art into a starring role in Portsmouth….

Demon shrimp threaten British species

A species of shrimp, dubbed the ‘demon shrimp,’ which was previously unknown in British waters, are attacking and eating native shrimp and disrupting the food chain in some of our rivers and lakes….

January 8, 2014 · Students · 0 Comments · Internal Comms

Chancellor’s Dinner

A special video message from Chancellor, Sandi Toksvig.

December 19, 2013 · general news · 0 Comments · Press Office

Portsmouth palaeontologist advised on Walking with Dinosaurs 3D

A University of Portsmouth palaeontologist worked as a creature designer and technical consultant on Walking with Dinosaurs 3D, the epic new dinosaur film which allows the audience to experience what it was really…

Researchers rescue period of Channel 4 history

A University of Portsmouth research team assessing the impact of Channel 4 on British film culture has digitised a period of Channel 4’s television history, which might have otherwise been forgotten. The researchers…

November 12, 2013 · general news · 0 Comments · Press Office

Inspirational speaker takes her chair

A University of Portsmouth marketing lecturer has won the Judge’s Choice award for most inspiring speaker by talking about the childhood game musical chairs. Helen Thompson-Whiteside, of Portsmouth Business School, signed up for…

Touch screen computers help monkeys relax

Using touch screen computers has helped a group of monkeys relax, a new study by University of Portsmouth scientists shows. Not only does the opportunity to use touch screens interest and challenge the…

September 18, 2013 · general news · 2 Comments · Press Office

New Vice-Chancellor spells out his vision

The new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, Professor Graham Galbraith, welcomed 5,500 new undergraduate students this weekend and presented his vision for the University, and for them. Professor Galbraith, who took up…

Babies know when a cuddle is coming

Babies as young as two months know when they are about to be picked up and change their body posture in preparation, according to new research. Professor Vasu Reddy, of the University of…

‘Wessie’ the micro-monster discovered on Dinosaur Island

A new species of feisty amphibian that lived in the shadows of dinosaurs has been discovered by a researcher at the University of Portsmouth. The discovery fills a gap in the evolutionary history…

Using Facebook makes you feel happier

Using Facebook to look at old photos of yourself and wall posts that you have written could be as soothing as a walk in the park. Almost 90 percent of users access the…

March 13, 2013 · general news · 1 Comments · Press Office

Student champions cloud computing

A student from the University of Portsmouth is one step closer to winning a global engineering prize. John Wheal, in the second year of his Master of Engineering course in the School of…

‘ Plumber’ protein holds key to a healthy brain

A protein that acts like a plumber, making sure that water is being pumped between the blood and the brain, could be the key to understanding brain damage in various diseases. Scientists say…

Sandi Toksvig becomes Chancellor

Writer, comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig has been installed as Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth. She hopes to use her new role to help bring the University and its excellence to the…

Sheila Hancock given fond farewell

The commitment and passion of Sheila Hancock, Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth for the past five years, has been honoured by the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor John Craven. Presiding at her final graduation…

Traditional bra-fitting doesn’t give the best fit, study reveals

Women shopping for new bras should throw away the tape-measure and focus on how the garment fits, according to new research. The work is the first scientific study in the UK to compare…

Tomato nutrient may intercept cancer growth

A nutrient in cooked tomatoes has been shown in laboratory studies to slow the growth of or even kill prostate cancer cells. Dr Mridula Chopra and colleagues at the University of Portsmouth tested…

December 7, 2011 · general news · 0 Comments · Press Office

New primate behaviour study centre opens

The University of Portsmouth and Marwell Wildlife have joined forces to open the world’s first cognitive study centre for rare Sulawesi crested macaques. The animals will learn to operate computer touch screens allowing…

November 1, 2011 · general news · 0 Comments · Press Office

‘Queen’s English’ not the best

Native English speakers should give up their claim to be the guardians of the purest form of the language and accept that the ways it is used and changed by millions around the…

August 12, 2011 · general news · 0 Comments · admin

World record breaker says thanks to Portsmouth team

A former Welsh international rugby player, who is the first person ever to stand on the highest summit on each of the world’s continents and stand on all 3 poles in the same…

  • Portsmouth joins survey to create ‘movie of the sky’
  • New advice for children to avoid abduction
  • Hope, humility and humour triumph for Beirut hostage
  • ‘Dragon thief’ dinosaur named
  • Breasts might be putting girls off sport
  • Scientists help bring oysters back to Solent
  • Student volunteers help feed the 5,000
  • Good luck, bonne chance, boa sorte Tim Peake!
  • Sandi Toksvig joined by hundreds at parkrun
  • Film graduates bursting with talent
  • Mini spin increases anxiety and heart rate
  • Four-legged snake fossil found
  • Game on for high-flying graduates
  • Chimps can vary their smiles like humans
  • Portsmouth Graduate Show opens in style
  • Science helps clean up world’s rivers
  • Crisis students battle with disaster
  • Sandi Toksvig in conversation with leading human rights lawyer
  • Illustrators bring creatures to life
  • Astounding film up for top award
  • Student wins award with unusual dance video
  • Students make charity music video
  • Homosexuality may help us bond
  • Male crustaceans win battle against being feminised
  • If you want to win, let it all out
  • Astronaut and alumnus talks to Portsmouth
  • Flash mob University choir help open Eldon
  • University takes on 24-hour broadcast challenge
  • University A-Z: From Ageing to Zombies
  • Promotional video wins prestigious backing
  • Research leadership is an art
  • Prawns on Prozac – antidepressants threaten aquatic wildlife
  • Tiny crocodile skull reveals new ancient species
  • First Chancellor’s dinner a glittering affair
  • Stunning new platform for arts
  • Demon shrimp threaten British species
  • Portsmouth palaeontologist advised on Walking with Dinosaurs 3D
  • Researchers rescue period of Channel 4 history
  • Inspirational speaker takes her chair
  • Touch screen computers help monkeys relax
  • New Vice-Chancellor spells out his vision
  • Babies know when a cuddle is coming
  • ‘Wessie’ the micro-monster discovered on Dinosaur Island
  • Using Facebook makes you feel happier
  • Student champions cloud computing
  • ‘ Plumber’ protein holds key to a healthy brain
  • Sandi Toksvig becomes Chancellor
  • Sheila Hancock given fond farewell
  • Traditional bra-fitting doesn’t give the best fit, study reveals
  • Tomato nutrient may intercept cancer growth
  • New primate behaviour study centre opens
  • ‘Queen’s English’ not the best
  • World record breaker says thanks to Portsmouth team

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