Brain tumour lab visit
March 17: Former Lord Mayor Councillor Lynne Stagg took a tour of the world-class Brain Tumour Research laboratories at the University and thanked people across the city for their support in funding the vital work taking place there. During her visit she placed three tiles on the Wall of Hope which is dedicated to those lost to, and those living with, a brain tumour, the most lethal of all cancers. Each tile represents the £2,740 it costs to fund a day of research at the University’s Centre of Excellence.
Social Startup Portsmouth launched
March 2: Last week saw the launch of Social Startup Portsmouth, a collaborative partnership led by the University’s Student Enterprise Team, which aims to inspire and support people to develop and launch a social enterprise. To find out more about attending a workshop please visit: www.socialstartup.org.uk
Scientist wins poster prize
February 25: Ceri Roach, a first year MRes student and employee of Chemostrat, has won the Geological Society Regional Group Poster Prize at the 58th Annual Irish Geological Research Meeting. Ceri’s work is on the chemostratigraphic and biostratigraphic evolution of the Porcupine Basin and adjacent Slyne Basin in the Irish Atlantic Margin. Her new work uses samples recovered from wells and integrates geochemical and petrographic analyses of the stratigraphy and provides a calibration for the development of a bespoke mineral model for the basin.
February 24: Business people are being offered the chance to win a free place on a short course, the Value-Added Board, designed to help give current and aspiring directors everything they need to add value in the boardroom. A free taster evening on 9 March at Portsmouth Business School will outline the programme, which includes strategy, leadership, governance and finance, and those attending can enter a prize draw to win a free place on the next course, in May.
Do we ape emotions?
February 10: Dr Marina Davila-Ross, of the Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology, has received a Royal Society grant to test facial thermal imaging as a potential new method to study great ape emotion and communication. She hopes to find out if facial thermal imaging, used to detect subtle emotional changes in humans, can help find out if great apes have similar emotional repertoires to us. She will focus on rehabilitated and released orangutans in Borneo, sanctuary chimpanzees in Zambia and children in the UK.
Student-designed space opens
February 3: A new coffee shop, designed by students, has opened on the first floor of Eldon Building. The café, called Blank Canvas, was the brainchild of four interior design students and was created in conjunction with a local architect firm. Mr Nick Leach, head of catering services for the University, opened the café on Jan 29.
New outreach network
January 8: The University of Portsmouth has won funding to join a national network which will help more young people access higher education. The National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) is a new £22 million scheme involving over 200 higher education institutions and reaching 4,300 secondary schools and colleges. The scheme will deliver a nationally co-ordinated approach to working with schools, universities and colleges to help people access higher education. Portsmouth will be part of the Southern Universities Network covering Hampshire and Dorset.
Excellent student satisfaction
December 19: The University of Portsmouth is one of only 13 universities in the UK to be recognised for its international student satisfaction. Portsmouth received an ‘Excellent International Student Satisfaction’ award from StudyPortals, an international study choice platform. The awards are based on thousands of reviews and opinions from international students in Europe.
Economist wins award
December 10: Economist Dr Gianpiero Torrisi has won the 2014 Routledge RSA Award for Early Career Excellence for making an “original and outstanding contribution to the field of regional studies”. Dr Torrisi was awarded £500 and other benefits by the Regional Studies Association Award Committee.
A curator is born
December 9: Portsmouth illustration graduate Ashley John is the curator of ‘Lines of Best Fit’, a new exhibition at Portsmouth’s Aspex Gallery from December 16. After Ashley graduated, he won a year’s curatorial development post with the gallery, funded by Arts Council England. During that year, he worked with the gallery’s curator, but this exhibition is his first as an independent curator.
Law society president visits
December 5: Andrew Caplen, president of the Law Society, has spoken about the importance of easy access to legal aid in a talk at the University on Wednesday evening. Speaking to members of the public, staff and students in his first talk to a University since becoming president, Mr Caplen said that without access to justice the rule of law is just a concept.
Engineering geology success
November 19: An Engineering Geology and Geotechnics graduate has reached the national finals of Young Geoscientist of the Year 2014. Chris Kilsby was praised for giving a unique insight into the role of an engineering geologist during an offshore site investigation. He will compete against three others next year in the finals of the awards, which are organised by the Geological Society.
Bringing molecules to life with virtual-reality
November 14: An interdisciplinary team from UoP is among one of 15 groups selected from 270 to win £80,000 to explore 3D printing techniques and virtual reality. Dr Darren Gowers (School of Biological Sciences) is working with Drs Wendy and Vaughan Powell (School of Creative Technologies) to produce a new interactive learning tool for molecular bioscience students and researchers. The team hopes to improve learning outcomes in core STEM subjects and make molecular sciences more accessible for all.
ICG team discover super rare supernova
October 29: ICG supernova hunters Chris D’Andrea, Andreas Papadopoulos and Bob Nichol have found the second superluminous supernova in the second year of the Dark Energy Survey data. The object was identified by graduate student Andreas Papadopoulos and triggered for confirmation using the largest telescopes in the world. The team announced the discovery yesterday to allow other astronomers in the world to observe the object. Superluminous supernova are typically 50 to 100 times brighter than normal supernova but up to 1000 times rarer.
Speed TV star visits UoP
October 24: Motorcycle racer Guy Martin’s recent visit to the Extreme Environments Laboratory at the University is to be featured in an episode of his TV show Speed airing on Sunday, October 26, at 8pm. Guy will be testing the limits of his endurance by taking part in a 24-hour cycling challenge.
The science of artistic endeavour
October 7: Historian of science and physicist, Professor Arthur I Miller, is visiting the University on Wednesday October 8 to give a public lecture on his new book which looks at how science and technology relate to the art world. The lecture is free and open to the public and starts at 6.30 pm in the Eldon Building.
Climate change threat to deserts
September 30: Professor Andrew Goudie, from the University of Oxford, is giving a free public lecture in Portsmouth tomorrow on how deserts have evolved and how climate change might threaten their existence. The lecture, in the University’s Richmond building from 6-7pm, is organised by the University and the Royal Geographical Society (southern region). It will be followed by a drinks reception.
Terrorism suspects’ interviews examined
September 26: Professor Aldert Vrij and his research team have been awarded £160,000 to continue their work for the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, a US intelligence group set up by Barack Obama in 2010 to question terrorism and other major crime suspects. Professor Vrij and colleagues are exploring the effect of the presence of an interpreter in interviews on eliciting information, detecting deception and building rapport.
Dental Academy shines at awards
September 25: The Dental Academy has won a Shine Award for its work in the local community. Staff were awarded the ‘High Performing Education and Training Team of the Year’ for their enormous contribution working in and delivering education and training. The awards are organised by Health Education Wessex to recognise excellence in the NHS across Hampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight and South Wiltshire.
Mastermind takes on Hammer Horror
September 15: IS service delivery analyst Louise Broadbent will be appearing on Mastermind on BBC2 on Friday September 19.
Louise was quizzed on Hammer films spanning from 1958-1974, not just horror but scifi and comedy as well. The total number of films is in the region of 92.
Cosmologist speaks at astronomy fest
September 3: Professor Bob Nichol of the Institute of Cosmology will be speaking at the 10th annual Astronomy Festival on September 6. The festival is based at The Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux, East Sussex. Professor Nichol will be speaking about supernovae and the accelerating universe.
Cosmologists’ papers most read
August 27: Two Portsmouth cosmologists’ research papers were in the top five of the Royal Astronomical Society’s most read online papers for July. One paper, by Dr Karen Masters, was the most popular all month. Both Portsmouth papers focus on Galaxy Zoo, a crowd-sourced astronomy project which invites people to help classify large numbers of galaxies.
Expatriate research shortlisted
August 21: Research by Dr Liza Howe-Walsh, of Portsmouth Business School, on employees who work abroad has been shortlisted for an award by the Forum for Expatriate Management. The Forum is the largest global network for practitioners working with expatriates and its awards, the Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs), are widely seen as the industry’s equivalent of the Oscars. Dr Howe-Walsh carried out her research as part of her Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) studies.
Best symposium award
August 11: Researchers Dr Liza Howe-Walsh and Dr Sarah Turnbull have won best international symposium at the Academy of Management. Their symposium ‘Bursting Pipeline: Gender, HR, And Avenues For Regional Development in The Arab Middle East’ won the 2014 Emerald Best International Symposium Award in Philadelphia, USA.
Conference looks at healthcare informatics
A conference that aims to look at the way we use information to deliver healthcare is being held at the University of Portsmouth. SIHI 2014: Informatics to deliver integrated care will be held on September 10 and is aimed at anyone involved in care services, health sciences, information systems and management. Tickets are available here
Professor guest edits oldest journal
July 16: The latest issue of the world’s first science journal Philosophical Transactions, which was initially published in 1665, has been compiled and edited by Professor of Ecology and Evolution, Scott Armbruster. The issue also features a paper on daffodil pollination by Dr Rocio Perez-Barrales from the School of Biological Sciences.
Historian wins Pollard Prize
July 9: Historian Dr Joanna Warson has been awarded the 2014 Pollard Prize from the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) for the best research paper by a scholar within one year of completing their PhD. Her paper ‘Beyond cooperation and competition: Anglo-French relations, connected histories of decolonisation and Rhodesia’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence, 1965-1980’ will be fast-tracked into the IHR’s prestigious journal, Historical Research.
Graphic design students’ coup
June 18: Two second year graphic design students have won awards from the Young Creative Network in an international contest usually entered only by final year students. Jack MacRae and Daniel Taylor each won for their app designs for the Department of Energy and Climate Change to boost awareness and inspire young people to adopt low-carbon energy lifestyles.
Spotlight on Tricorn
June 17: Portsmouth architecture students will present their plans for the Tricorn building at a public event examining why the concrete megastructure was built. The event on June 21 at the city’s museum includes an illustrated talk by the building’s architect, Owen Luder, and a comparative analysis of the building and Sydney Opera House by two University of Portsmouth architects. Other speakers will discuss the Brutalist Movement and the planners’ perspective. Tickets cost £20 and can be bought from the museum, telephone 02392 834737.
Call for war veterans
June 11: The University of Portsmouth is inviting war veterans aged 55 or older to help researchers design a ‘peer support’ service, where veterans who have overcome challenges and difficulties can work with other veterans currently experiencing their own challenges. Researcher Karen Burnell is keen to talk to anyone willing to discuss their experiences at the all-day event, which will take place on June 19 in Portsmouth. The day will involve taking part in group discussions about experiences of support, and refreshments and lunch will be provided. If you are interested or would like to find out more, please contact Karen on 023 9284 4407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Masters course accredited
June 2: The School of Languages and Area Studies course MA in Translation Studies has been awarded accreditation by the European Masters in Translation network. The course has been a member of the network, a project of the European Commission, since 2011, and was welcomed by assessors with praise for its flexible learning strategies, its technological and professional orientation, and its commitment to both teaching and research.
ICG professor engages
May 30: Professor Claudia Maraston, from ICG, has been highly commended in the ‘Public engagement with research to enrich cultural life’ category at the inaugural SEPnet Public Engagement Awards. She was nominated primarily for her role in setting up and running the ‘A Visit from Space’ programme in collaboration with Dr Daniel Thomas and Dr Jen Gupta. A Visit from Space includes a talk by Professor Maraston, classifying galaxies in Galaxy Zoo and making a scale model of the solar system. Working with the University’s education liaison and outreach team, the programme has targeted local widening participation schools, reaching over 500 key stage 2 pupils since summer 2013.
Student scholarship win
May 30: PhD student Nabeela Altrabsheh has recently returned from the Tenth Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning in Malta, which she was awarded a scholarship to attend. The event was designed to help students, like Nabeela, who are using technology to enhance education. Her research focuses on analysing student’s classroom feedback and presenting it to lecturers in real time, which can lead to vast improvements in teaching. Nabeela said: “The summer school was a fantastic opportunity, we were able to take part in different workshops and projects, as well as talk to other students and lecturers about research. On top of all this, we got to explore the beautiful country of Malta.”
Research wins award
May 22:Decision analysis expert Dr Alessio Ishizaka, in Portsmouth Business School, and his first year PhD student Kashif Jalal have won a research award for their paper, ‘A review of technology adoption models at firm level and a conceptual model to study cloud computing adoption in supply chains’. The award was given at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines conference in Texas.
What can we learn from macaques?
May 21: Dr Jerome Micheletta will discuss what we can learn from the behaviour of macaques at the next Cafe Scientifique. He will present recent work carried out at Marwell Wildlife and the Owl and Monkey Haven, which focuses on the social cognition and communication of the crested and rhesus macaques. He will also highlight how research can contribute to the improvement of animal welfare in captivity and how this information can be disseminated to the public. The talk will take place on May 27 at 8pm in Cafe Parisien and is free to all. For more information contact email@example.com.
CCi Book launch
May 15: The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is proud to support the launch of an eclectic mix of new publications from the fields of architecture, creative writing, film and television. Professor Lorraine Farrelly is behind ‘Designing for the Third Age: Architecture Redefined for a Generation of Active Agers.’ Dr Lincoln Geraghty has written ‘Cult Collectors: Nostalgia, Fandom and Collecting Popular Culture.’ ‘The Great Game: An Imperial Adventure’ is by Steven O’Brien and Deborah Shaw has produced ‘The Three Amigos: The Transnational Filmmaking of Guillermo Del Toro, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Alfonso Cuaron.’ The book launch will take place at Blackwells book store, Cambridge Road, PO1 2EF, on Tuesday 27 May 4-6pm
Orchestra and big band concert
May 14: The University of Portsmouth big band, orchestra and choir will be performing a concert at the John Pounds Centre this Saturday, May 17, at 7.30pm. The concert will launch UniFest, a series of events organised by drama and performance students in the School of Creative Arts, Film and Media. Tickets are available on the door, or in advance from 023 9284 3023.
April 25: People considering studying to enhance their careers are being offered the chance to hear how a leading entrepreneur started his business. Richard Downs, chief executive officer of Iglu.com, is the guest speaker at Portsmouth Business School’s open evening next Tuesday in Richmond building from 5.30-7.30pm. Click here to book: www.showyoumeanbusiness.com
Soil expert talk
April 16: Dr Paul Farres, Principal Lecturer in Geography was recently invited to the Netherlands to speak at the opening of the World Soil Museum. The opening of the museum, which is part of the which is part of the UNESCO-funded International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC), also featured talks from ecological film maker John Liu, as well as other soil scientists. The museum will showcase the ISIRC’s work on the importance of soils and soil science, as well as being a place where students can do research and scientists can convene. Dr Farres said, “I am honoured to have been invited to speak at a project which will make such a fantastic contribution to soils education.”
Researcher ‘truly outstanding’
April 9: Dr Sarah Gilmore, of Portsmouth Business School, and colleagues have won Best Paper Award from the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences for their research on rhetorical profiling. The paper was published last December and the awards have just been announced. The judges were professors from universities across North America and in parallel ranking exercises, all five unanimously ranked Dr Gilmore’s paper top and said it was ‘truly outstanding’. Dr Gilmore and colleagues win $CN3,000 and a plaque.
Gospel choir sings way to final
April 5: A group of singing students has been selected as one of eight finalists in a national gospel choir competition. The Portsmouth students will perform at the finals of the University Gospel Choir of the Year competition today in London. It’s the fourth year running the national competition has taken place, which aims to bring together talented individuals through music.
Researcher elected Fellow
April 4: Dr Sarah Turnbull, a lecturer and researcher in marketing within Portsmouth Business School, has been elected a Fellow with The Chartered Institute of Marketing in recognition of her expertise and experience in marketing. She said: “I am honoured and delighted to be elected as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. I took my CIM Diploma over 25 years ago and professional membership has always been important to me.”
Law expert talks to students
March 28: Law students were given a talk on corporate governance this week by Simon Osborne, Chief Executive of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, an organisation which represents people working in governance, risk and compliance. The talk, titled ‘Evaluating Your Board (and why it matters)’ came at the end of a packed day of other career focused activities. Course Director of Postgraduate Law programmes Charles Barker said, “It was a great opportunity for the students to hear from the professionals, and learn about the fantastic careers that can be unlocked by qualifying as a company secretary.”
Geologist wins top award
March 19: Geologist Rob Strachan has been awarded the highly prestigious Clough Medal. Presented by the Edinburgh Geological Society, the medal recognises an individual for their significant contribution to the geology of Scotland. Professor Strachan, Head of School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, who was also awarded a medal in 2012 by the Geological Society of London for his research, said of his achievement: “It’s a great feeling to know that a lifetime of dedication to the field has been recognised by such a prestigious organisation.”
The search for extra-terrestrial life
March 5: A guest Lecture on ‘Searching For Extra-terrestrial Life in the Oceans of Europa, Jupiter’s Moon,’ is being delivered by Professor Carl Ross on Wednesday 5th March from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Light refreshments are available from 6.30pm to 7.00pm and the lecture commences at 7.00pm in Lecture Theatre B3-30 in the Burnaby Building, Burnaby Road, University of Portsmouth.
Exercise classes for diabetes sufferers
February 26: New exercise classes for adults who suffer from, or are at risk of developing, type 2 diabetes, are being organised by Dr Andy Scott from the University of Portsmouth in partnership with two local colleges. The ‘Blood Sugar Exercise Magic’ classes are designed to provide people with diabetes an opportunity for friendly, structured exercise in a supportive environment, and a chance to interact with people with the same condition. For more information contact Portsmouth College on 023 9266 7521.
WW1 engagement centres announced
21 February: As part of the commemoration of the World War One centenary which begins this year, the creation of five new WWI Engagement Centres was announced today. The Centres will support community World War One research projects, connecting academic and public histories of the First World War. Dr Brad Beaven, is co-investigator on the Gateways to the First World War Centre, part of a consortium of Universities including Portsmouth, Brighton, Greenwich and lead by the University of Kent. The projects are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Student film screened on Southbank
February 7: An animated film by a University of Portsmouth student has been selected to compete for the ‘best short’ at the British Animation Awards Public Choice competition. The film is one of few undergraduate pieces that will compete with films by postgraduate students from the Royal College of Art and the National Film School and alongside renowned experienced animators from the industry. Chavard Yordanov, studying BA (Hons) Animation, was selected for her animation, https://vimeo.com/55522350, which will be screened tonight at the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank. The film is currently showing on the Space exhibition wall at the Eldon Building and will be shown in Eldon Building’s screening room on 11 February at 3.00pm.
Big grant win for monkey research
January 27: Dr Bridget Waller and Dr Marine Joly have been awarded a €300k Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, which will allow Dr Joly to work in the Department of Psychology on a two-year project. The scientists will conduct research at the Owl and Monkey Haven on the Isle of Wight and at zoos in Germany and the Netherlands. They will study a species of monkey known as macaques, specifically looking at how cognition – such as memory, social communication and emotion – relates to the social structure of the species.
Professor gives cool talks
January 17: A University of Portsmouth Professor will be speaking in Norway at the largest international meeting of its kind addressing issues of development in the Arctic. Mike Tipton, Professor of Human Physiology, is giving two key-note speeches at the conference, <a href=”http://www.arcticfrontiers.com/”>Arctic Frontiers,</a> which is hosting over 1000 politicians, environmentalists, scientists and representatives from industries such as the oil industry. Professor Tipton will be speaking on Wednesday 22 January about Occupational health in the North: dealing with cold injury and cold immersion from both policy and medical and scientific perspectives.
‘Creating Balance’ launch
January 10: The preview of an exhibition showcasing the work of some of Portsmouth’s best artists, designers and photographers is taking place at the Aspex Gallery tonight from 6 – 8.00pm. The ‘Creating Balance’ exhibition is the result of a year-long collaboration between the Portsmouth-based British lamp designer Anglepoise, the University of Portsmouth and community group, Strong Island.
Law academics advise Lords
January 9: The research of Dr Annika Newnham, of Portsmouth Business School, and her former colleague Dr Maebh Harding on courts’ handling of disputes between separated parents was mentioned in a recent House of Lords debate and reported in Hansard. Dr Newnham said: “I am really pleased that our findings have been used to play even a small part in helping influence policy. It’s so important that reform isn’t just based on opinions and speculation and that children aren’t needlessly put at risk.” The Lords were discussing a controversial amendment to the Children and Families Bill and the Portsmouth researcher’s findings were cited by Baroness Howarth of Breckland.
€1m grant to clean oceans
December 16: Scientists at the University of Portsmouth have won a share of a €1m grant to help bring about long-term improvements in water quality within river basin catchments, estuaries and coastal waters in the English Channel. The project includes scientists from Portsmouth’s Institute of Marine Sciences and colleagues from the Universities of Le Havre, Rennes, Brighton and Plymouth, the West Country Rivers Trust, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, L’Ecole Superieure D’Ingenieurs des Travaux de la Construction and the Institute National de l’Environment Industriel et des Risques.
RICS President at University
December 10: The President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Michael Newey, will be visiting the University on Wednesday 11 December. He will spend time with students, academics and local RICS members and will deliver a public lecture in the evening. The lecture will focus on purpose, world changes, the importance of international standards and Michael’s thoughts on educating future surveyors. Michael graduated from what was then Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1986 with a degree in Urban Land Administration.
An evening with the stars
December 5: The University and the Historic Dockyard are joining forces with BBC Learning to host an evening of stargazing on 7 January 2014. Visitors will get the chance to see amazing science demos and stunning images from the world’s best telescopes. The event is one of three national live events tied to the BBC Stargazing LIVE programme on BBC Two. Tickets are available via a lottery which is open until 11.55pm Tuesday 10 December. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours
The Borgias in Portsmouth
November 20: The Borgia family were one of the most infamous in European history, celebrated for their ruthlessness and cruelty (Cesare); their sexual wantonness (Lucrezia) and their corruption of the Church (Rodrigo, who became Pope Alexander VI). Professor Enrique García Hernán, the world’s leading authority on the family, will deliver a public lecture on the realities that lie behind the myths. The ‘Ramón Pérez de Ayala Biennial Lecture’ is supported by the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy and honours the life and work of Ramón Pérez de Ayala (1881-1952), a distinguished novelist, poet and critic who was Ambassador to the Court of St James in the years 1931-6. Lecture: Wednesday 27 November 2013, 6-7pm, followed by a drinks reception, Park Building, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ.
November 12: An Urban Geographer will be discussing the impact of the London 2012 Olympics at a free talk. Professor John R.Gold, from Oxford Brookes University, will explore the concerns related to the long term impact of large sporting events and cultural festivals. The joint lecture between the University of Portsmouth and the Royal Geographical Society is on Wednesday 13 November 2013 at 6.00 pm. Venue: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH. To book contact Maricar Jagger on 023 9284 3757.
Centre is blueprint for new initiative
October 28: The first brain tumour Centre of Excellence, based at the University of Portsmouth, is to become the blueprint for a new centre. Eight British universities and hospitals are currently in a bid to become the next Centre of Excellence dedicated to research into brain tumours. The successful institution will have a similar funding partnership to the one the University of Portsmouth has with the charity, Brain Tumour Research, defining a new chapter in long term sustainable research. Currently brain tumours receive less than 1% of the national spend on cancer research, despite more children and adults under 40 dying of a brain tumour than any other cancer.
Research on the menu
October 22: More than 100 scientists from around the world who study an aspect of eating or drinking are expected to attend an international conference on food research, hosted for the first time by the University of Portsmouth next April. Delegates include those working in psychology, physiology, nutrition, and food science, including smell and taste. It is the 38th annual meeting of the British Feeding & Drinking Group and the local organiser is Dr Lorenzo Stafford of the Department of Psychology. The conference is also a good platform for PhD students wishing to present their work and bursaries may also be available to support their attendance. For further information including a link to registration see http://www.port.ac.uk/departments/academic/psychology/events/
Students volunteer at new Citizens Advice Bureau
October 18: Business School students will be amongst a team of volunteer advisers at the new Portsmouth Citizens Advice Bureau (PCAB) which is being opened by Princess Anne today. PCAB, which is funded by the Lottery, has teams of advisers made up from both paid staff and volunteers. They offer free, impartial and confidential advice in person, on the telephone and online to Portsmouth people. The service also operates in Cosham which is one of the most deprived areas of the city. Volunteers receive training and are supported by advice session supervisors. PCAB CEO, Lynne Davies, said: “The participation of law and accountancy students from the University will help to embed community volunteering in Portsmouth and will add to our capacity to deliver advice services to local people.”
Portsmouth authors’ book a first
October 11: A book written by two Portsmouth Business School academics was the first to be sold when professional body the Chartered Institute of Professional Development opened their e-bookstore. ‘Leading, Managing and Developing People’ is by Gary Rees and Ray French. CIPD’s commissioning editor Katy Hamilton said: “At CIPD our focus is on providing students with the information and resources that they need to succeed in their studies and in their work. Gary’s and Ray’s book was our first-ever e-book and there was much excitement in the office when we made our first sale.”
Astronomy talks in New Zealand
October 4: A University of Portsmouth cosmologist will deliver a series of research lectures in New Zealand, starting today. Dr Karen Masters will speak at the Beatrice Tinsley lecture series, organised by the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ) Lecture Trust. It coincides with the first New Zealand Starlight Festival in Tekapo. Beatrice Tinsley was a British-born astronomer who died at a young age but whose contributions to astronomy were significant. Dr Masters will talk about her work on the Galaxy Zoo astronomical project.
October 18: Dr Jiye Chen will be visiting China as part of a EU funded trip to share research expertise with Chinese businesses. He will be advising on the manufacture of composite materials and building components for developing a low carbon construction industry in China. The aim is to speed up green industries by reducing energy usage and CO2 emission, reducing the death rate in earthquake zones and contributing to a low carbon building material market. Dr Chen said that through collaboration with Chinese institutes and industries, he hopes to bring research contracts into university and increase its global impact.
Virtual reality to help older people
September 25: An expert in virtual reality from the University of Portsmouth has participated in a UK wide event that aims to develop radical ideas on how to protect older people in institutional long-term care. Dr Wendy Powell was one of only 25 participants to have been selected for the Technology Strategy Board’s national Long Term Care Revolution four-day workshop earlier this month. The workshop, also known as a ‘sandpit’, aims to stimulate ideas that will explore the potential for real social, structural and economic changes, as well as unlocking new markets in long term care provision fit for the 21st century.
Artist appointed to board
September 24: The University’s artist in residence, Jon Adams, has been appointed to the Arts Council’s south-west area council for three years. His and fellow council members’ role includes helping ensure public money is spent against an agreed strategy and in a way the public can see and support, and to act as a champion for the arts, culture and the council. Jon said: “’It’s a privilege to contribute to Arts Council’s strategy with an artist’s voice and work as an ambassador, especially in the fields of diversity and digital creativity.”
Rape coverage researched
September 18: In the aftermath of the brutal gang rape and murder of a woman on a bus in Delhi, social anthropologist Dr Tamsin Bradley has won funding to analyse the national and international media coverage of rape cases in India. Dr Bradley from the School of Languages and Area Studies will conduct the research in partnership with Professor Obaid Siddiqui from the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.
Cosmologists have 2020 vision
September 4: The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth is celebrating winning new funding from Hefce and a range of other sources to help its continued collaboration in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) until the year 2020. The survey is operated by the Astrophysical Research Consortium, which uses a dedicated telescope at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico to study the evolution and distribution of galaxies. The survey produced the recent largest-ever 3D map of the Universe, featuring 356,477 new massive galaxies and 73,297 new distant black holes. Professor Bob Nichol, of ICG, said: “We are proud to continue our long association with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which has become one of the best astronomical surveys of the sky today. Portsmouth became a member in 2006 and this latest investment will allow our researchers to engage in world-class research until 2020.” ICG is the UK’s only full member of the project.
Gold award winner
August 19: Operations and system management scholar Professor Salvatore Greco has been awarded the MCDM Gold Medal 2013, the highest honour bestowed upon a researcher by the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making. Multicriteria decision making is an important branch of operational research, which Professor Greco researches and teaches part-time at Portsmouth Business School.
Are you the smartest primate?
August 16: UoP scientist Dr Bridget Waller and Dr Katie Slocombe from the University of York have developed two interactive games to compare human mental abilities with those of other primates, and give people a taste of what it’s like to study primates in the wild. The games were funded by a grant from the British Psychological Society. The interactive games were initially launched at Edinburgh Zoo and Marwell Wildlife earlier this year and are still available to visitors. The games are also available online at: http://games.bps.org.uk/cleverest_primate/story.html.
OECD consults Professor
August 7: Professor Dan Finn has co-authored a chapter in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s flagship employment outlook publication for 2013 which examines labour markets around the world in the wake of the economic crisis. Professor Finn discusses key developments in the design and implementation of benefit systems, employment and training programmes and employment service arrangements in seven OECD countries.
Student wins Best Paper prize
July 30: PhD student Rashid Khan has won Best Paper at a conference in Texas for his research into students’ perception of the quality of IT courses. He presented his paper at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD) Conference in Dallas, Texas. Mr Khan, a lecturer at Dammam Community College, part of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, is studying part-time for a PhD at Portsmouth on e-learning in Saudi Arabia.
Shedding light on silver screen
July 30: Latin American film expert Dr Deborah Shaw, Reader in Film Studies, was one of the panellists at the London Mexican cultural festival, Mexfest, this month, alongside film director and actor Diego Luna and Independent on Sunday film critic Jonathan Romney. The panel discussed how accurate the picture of Mexico was as portrayed by Hollywood filmmakers. Dr Shaw’s book, The Three Amigos, on the filmmaking of Mexico’s three best known directors, is due to be released in September.
Paratriathlete is British Champion
July 23: UoP sports scholar Lauren Steadman has won gold at the British Paratriathlon Championships, held in Liverpool this month. Lauren won in the women’s Tri4 category. She is also European Champion in her category after winning at the European Championships earlier this year in Turkey, and she competed as a swimmer in the Paralympic Games in London last summer.
Student plays in Champions League
July 4: A second year journalism student scored a crucial equalising penalty for his side in their first qualifying round match of the UEFA Champions League. Levi Hanssen, who plays for Faroese side EB/Streymur during the University break, struck in the 69th minute against FC Lusitans from Andorrra, to make the final score 2-2.
Student TV channel films festivities
July 3: UoP student-run CCI TV has produced two back to back live shows as part of the recent Portsmouth Festivities, celebrating the city, its naval heritage, and the recent unveiling of the new Mary Rose museum. The videos also showcased the creative work of local school pupils, UoP artist in residence Jon Adams and percussionist Alonso Mendoza.
Two MBA scholarships
June 27: Innovative leaders have been given the chance to win one of two £17,600 scholarships to study part-time for their Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Portsmouth Business School. The scholarships aim to encourage greater innovation in the region and are being offered by Portsmouth Business School and the Cathedral Innovation Centre, supported by the Royal Society of Arts. The deadline for applying is July 24. For more information: port.ac.uk/mbascholarships
Professor advises board
June 20: Professor Mike Tipton is one of five experts appointed this week to a new technical advisory group reporting to the English Institute of Sport board. Members’ role is to provide strategic challenge and scrutiny to the technical development of the organisation. Professor Tipton, of the Department of Sport and Exercise Science, is an expert in thermoregulation and environmental and occupational physiology. He is a Trustee and Director of Surf Lifesaving GB, a Patron of the SARbot charity, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and, until this week, was Chair of UK Sport’s Research Advisory Group.
Researchers support film
June 17: Researchers from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Dr Diana Bretherick, Dr Paul Smith and Dr Claire Noble, are helping artist Jordan Baseman gain a deeper understanding of crime to inform his film ‘True Crime’. The researchers are providing their experience and contacts with offenders, victims and the police. Students from the Creative and Cultural Industries faculty are also involved with the film’s recording. The film will air in the Omega Centre in the autumn as part of Art South.
Lecturer is Sky Arts finalist
June 7: Dr Trudy Barber from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is one of 84 finalists selected from 2,000 entrants for the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Competition. The finalists are to take part in a competition that will be filmed and broadcast on the Sky Arts channel in the autumn. The winner will have their work displayed in the National Portrait Gallery and receive a £10,000 commission to produce a portrait of award-winning author Hilary Mantel, to be displayed in the British Library.
June 4: The 50th professional doctoral student has graduated from the University of Portsmouth, marking a continued commitment to being a leading university in training senior health and social science professionals. Graham Mills, who manages the programme in the University’s School of Health Sciences and Social Work, said: “It has been a great privilege to have been able to look after the programme for so many years and see it grow from strength to strength to become one of the biggest professional doctoral courses in the country.”
Investigating Conan Doyle
June 3: Dr Christopher Pittard has been awarded a grant of £55,000 to fund a PhD student to work with the Central Library and Portsmouth City Council on a project called ‘Possession and Obsession: The Case of Arthur Conan Doyle’. The project will start in October 2013.
Computer animation student commended
May 29: An animation student has won an award in an international competition. Pinyo Gulashart, who is in his final year of his BSc in computer animation, was highly commended in the CG Student Awards. Judges said his work was of the highest quality and deserved recognition and exposure.
You can view his submission here: http://www.cgstudentawards.com/2013-entries/741-pinyo-gulashart
Excellence in support recognised
May 24: The University of Portsmouth has today been awarded the European Commission Human Resources Excellence in Research Award. Director of Research Professor Tara Dean said: “This award recognises the beginning of a step change in the way the University supports researchers with their careers. I am delighted that we have achieved this first step and I am very much looking forward to taking our excellence even further, growing the University’s researchers and the impact they have on the world around us.”
Young Interior Designer award finalist
May 23: Third-year interior design student Angelika Harris has reached the finals in the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Awards. Angelika is one of 12 finalists chosen from 80 design submissions from over 30 universities. The finalists’ work will be showcased at the awards ceremony in Covent Garden on June 5, when the winning project will be announced.
Student wins design award
May 20: Second-year graphic design student Lauren Bowers has won a YCN Student Award. Lauren won for her response to a creative brief set by Yahoo! The winners will attend an awards ceremony in London and all commended work is showcased in the pages of the YCN Student Annual.
Law students win work experience
May 7: Two UoP law students have won a week’s work experience with national law firm Clarke Willmott. Paige Jones and Adam Mathewson received the prize after winning an essay competition, and will complete a week at the firm’s Southampton office in July.
French Revolution revisited
May 17: History professor David Andress has edited ‘Experiencing the French Revolution’, a book that takes a new look at the period. Using a range of methodologies and a plurality of approaches, a team of experts offers fresh perspectives on the individual and collective experience of Revolution, both within and outside France.
Green MEP talk on Europe
April 26: Green Party MEP for the south-east, Keith Taylor, will speak about the workings of the European Union at the University of Portsmouth on Monday to mark Europe Day. He said: “I look forward to hearing from Portsmouth students and residents who have an interest and desire for an effective EU.” The event is being held in Park Building, King Henry I Street, from 1pm and is hosted by the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, which is rated top in the UK for its research on European studies.
Commendation for trainee architects
April 24: Students studying for a Masters in Sustainable Architecture have been Highly Commended by the Royal Institute of British Architects for their design proposal to make an area of London a friendlier place. The students’ design scheme was praised for incorporating a variety of diverse green and environmentally responsive solutions for the Vauxhall area of the capital.
Students discover the power of procrastination
April 22: A cartoonist who captures the life of postgraduate researchers has given a talk at the University of Portsmouth. Jorge Cham, creator of “Piled Higher and Deeper “ (phdcomics.com), spoke to members of the University’s graduate school about the pressures of postgraduate study.
Supreme Council of Health visit
April 18: Three members of the Supreme Council of Health, Qatar, visited the University this week, where they met with the International Office, the Faculties of Science and Technology and the Business School. The Council is looking to expand its scholarship scheme for employees and high school students, which currently includes a student at the University’s Business School.
UoP film shortlisted for film festival
April 16: A university film about disability and prejudice has been shortlisted for the Staffordshire Film Festival, taking place April 25. Life at the Other End follows three members of the University of Portsmouth’s Social Work Inclusion Group as they work with a group of drama students to write and perform a play about the prejudices people with a disability often face, based on their own personal experiences. Dr Yohai Hakak directed the film, which was produced by the University’s media and production team. The film can be viewed at: www.jswec.net/magazine/2013/01/life-at-the-other-end.
Student named Nurse of the Year
April 12: A University of Portsmouth student has been named Nurse of the Year 2013 in the Nursing Standard’s annual Nurse Awards. Matthew Hodson, who is studying for a professional doctorate on the nursing pathway, was presented with the award by TV presenter, broadcaster and journalist Fiona Phillips at a ceremony in London last month. Mr Hodson is a nurse consultant from Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Future engineers showcase projects
April 8: The School of Engineering have launched a student projects website enabling visitors to the school’s projects open day on April 26 to access details of the final-year projects ahead of the event. The site will help employers and industry experts decide which projects they want to find out more about on the day, so they can plan their time more effectively. To view the projects site go to: http://2013-eng-student-projects.port.ac.uk.
Six years of success for boxing students
March 22: A team of boxers from UoP have won first place in two national competitions for six years in a row. The boxing team have beaten around 20 universities each year to win both the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships and the English University Boxing Series.
March 18: Two School of Law students, Adam Mathewson and Paige Jones, have been awarded a prestigious essay prize by Clarke Willmott LLP solicitors. Students were invited to submit an essay on ‘Commercial Awareness for the 21st Century Lawyer’. Adam and Paige win work experience at Clarke Willmott’s Southampton office.
Prize for barefoot running student
March 11: A Master’s student has won a national dissertation award for his dissertation on barefoot running. Kevin Reeves, who studied MSc Sports Performance, has been awarded the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences Masters Dissertation of the year award. Kevin is the first UoP student to have won this award, however in four out of the past five years, students have won the Undergraduate Dissertation of the Year Award.
Student awarded scholarship
March 7: Sarah Arnold, University Records Manager, has been awarded a scholarship to study digital preservation. Sarah will attend a Digital Preservation Training Programme in March along with seven other successful candidates. The applicants were assessed against three main criteria, the potential benefits to their future careers, benefits to their organisation, and the extent to which the organisation is committed to digital preservation.
Graduate shortlisted for award
March 4: Vinesh Pomal, a UoP alumni who recently graduated with a degree in Architecture, has been nominated for the Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme. The scheme involves celebrating young professionals and their achievements, in particular those within the construction industry. Vinesh will be in with a chance to win a year long mentoring programme. An iPad will also be presented to the overall winner.
Royal TV Society nominations
February 22: Two films produced by BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting graduates have been nominated in the regional Royal Television Society Awards. Men of Magic, by Richard Bearpark, and Losing Sight of the Glory, by Glenn L Smith, were produced when the two were still students. Glenn is currently working for Gearhouse Broadcast as a camera operator for the Al Jazeera Network and Richard is a video producer working for IGN Entertainment.
Support grows for industrial bursary
February 15: Global consulting group Atkins and testing house Environmental Services Group have joined the industrial bursary scheme for BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, which provides paid year-long placements and training. Atkins is also offering a £500 award for the best final-year project. The Terry Crabb Memorial Trust is also offering a £500 award.
Student shortlisted for award
February 12: Construction engineering management student Bisrat Solomon Degefa has been nominated for a National Placement and Internship Award. Nominated by one of his placement employers NGM Surveys, Bisrat is the second University of Portsmouth student to be shortlisted for an award. He is a finalist in the category for Best Student Contribution to a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise, along with fellow nominee Kristina Angelova, a student in the Business School.
Grow your business
February 5: Internationally renowned entrepreneurship expert, Robert Craven, will be running a practical session to demonstrate the top ten tips for business growth at the University on March 20, from 6-8pm. This networking event is open to all and is free, with donations to Brendoncare Foundation. To book, visit: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/4716917427
Funding win for Alzheimer’s research
January 22:Dr Jerome Swinny, from Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded £80,000 PhD studentship funding from the Alzheimer’s Society to try and discover if the depression, anxiety, and aggression common in Alzheimer’s disease patients are caused by different chemicals in the brain to those which cause the same conditions in people without the disease. The team hope the results will lead to new ways to improve treatment for people with Alzheimer’s.
Researcher to study chemicals in water
January 14: Dr Alex Ford, of the School of Biological Sciences, has been awarded £250,000 to study the effects of antidepressants in the water on aquatic life. It will be a two year study with colleagues in France. Dr Ford will be working as part of Professor Darek Gorecki’s grant from the EU to look into the potential use of peptides in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.
FBI funding for psychologist
January 8: Professor Aldert Vrij has won two grants from the FBI to study different aspects of interview technique. The first project will look at how investigators can build rapport with non-native interviewees, how they can tell if they’re lying, and ways of getting the most accurate information from them. The second project will look at how the use of two interviewers influences the result of an interrogation.
Researcher is awarded US trip
January 2:Dr Siobhan Watkins from the School of Biological Sciences has been awarded the Heatley-Payne Award from the Society for General Microbiology.
The award means she will be paid to attend and present at the American Society for Microbiology annual conference in Denver, Colorado, in May 2013. She will also spend three weeks at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore, Maryland, conducting research into cyanophage genomics.
Success for Stina film makers
December 17: Foam Digital, a visual effects facility that operates out the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, has received £53,000 from the Higher Education Investment Fund for the development of Stina & the Wolf.
Stina & the Wolf is a computer animated feature film which uses performance captured live actors, (similar to the process used in Avatar) and a mix of 2d and 3d animation. You can view the website here.
Last desperate moments brought to life
December 12: Dr Dominic Fontana will use Tudor art, geography, history and archaeology to bring to life the last desperate minutes that ended in the sinking of King Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, in the Solent in 1545 in a talk at the National Archives in London tomorrow. Dr Fontana is a leading expert in the subject and in using GIS data and has taken part in many television documentaries on the ship’s sinking.
Ice music podcast available
December 10:Professor Mike Tipton has been working with Norwegian composer Terje Isungset on an ice-related piece of music called The Fingers, sponsored by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award (presented by Fuel, The Roundhouse and UCL Ear Institute). The piece, available as a podcast here, looks at the way we use our fingers everyday and is juxtaposed with Professor Tipton speaking about the effect of extreme temperature on the fingers.
Grant win for molecular biologist
December 6:Dr Anastasia Callaghan, Senior Fellow in Structural Molecular Biology, has been awarded over £300,000 pounds to research metabolism in cells in the body.
The funding, awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), will allow the team to build on earlier research that looks at the way gene levels are regulated in bacteria. The research could eventually mean big changes for industries as diverse as medicine and food production.
New literary magazine
December 3: A new literary magazine, The Portsmouth Review, celebrating the “eclectic and diverse work” of University of Portsmouth students and alumni is to be launched at Blackwell’s on Wednesday. The quarterly magazine, featuring short stories, micro-fiction, poetry, non-fiction, reviews and visual art, will be available online and print-on-demand. Its co-editors, Garrett Monaghan and Sally O’Reilly, say they hope it builds on the city’s rich literary heritage and becomes an integral part of the city’s creative life.
November 29: Dr Karen Masters, an astronomer at the University of Portsmouth, was short-listed for a prestigious Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Excellence award. The award recognises inspiring women who actively promote science, engineering and construction to girls and young women. Karen was chosen for her dedication to promoting careers in STEM to young women. The award was won by Jia-Yan Gu, a researcher in semantic technology for BT.
Rewarding health research
November 26:UoP has sponsored an award at the NHS Isle of Wight ‘Celebrating Excellence and Innovation in Health Care on the Island’ awards . The University awarded Clare Louise Sandell an award for her research into the incidence of surgical site infection.
Cool in a crisis
November 22: University staff and students have been involved in a council-run exercise to test emergency response time. The drill involved actors pretending to be overcome by fumes in St Michael’s building. All emergency procedures were followed correctly and the event was declared a big success.
Tweeting from the North Pole
November 7:Two polar explorers are due to visit the Department of Sport and Exercise Science this week. Alex Hibbert and Justin Miles are about to embark on The Dark Ice Project. They will be testing equipment in the cold chamber, including an iPhone in a protective case that they will use as a camera, to check email, and to tweet.
Professor Tipton wins best paper
October 30: Professor Mike Tipton is today being presented with a prize for best research paper in the journal, Institute of Health Promotion and Education, at the House of Commons. He was the UK member of the international taskforce which put together guidelines in response to 3,280 people dying from immersion-related incidents each day, the second most common cause of accidental death in most countries of the world.
Police Crime Commissioners first debate
October 22: The University is hosting the first debate by the candidates for Hampshire and Isle of Wight’s new Police Crime Commissioner role tomorrow in St George’s, 1:08, from 10am-midday. Co-ordinated by Barry Loveday, of the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, the six candidates setting out their vision for policing are Jacqui Rayment [Lab], David Goodhall [Lib Dem], Stephen West [Ukip], Simon Hayes [Indep], Don Jerrard [Justice and Anti-corruption party] and Michael Mates [Con].
Professor to look inside peptides
October 16: Professor Darek Gorecki and his team are part of a collaboration of 23 research teams who have won Eur 5 million funding from the EU to look into the potential use of peptides in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries. Peptides play a vital role in human physiology and pathology, but still face limitations in practical use. The collaboration will look to develop a unique peptide discovery and application platform.
Probation officers get advice from graduate
October 10: A graduate who is working as a probation officer has had his first book published. Jonathan Hussey graduated from University of Portsmouth with a BA in Community Justice Studies. The book, which is aimed at readers working with offenders in the Probation Service, is called Reoffending. It will be available at the end of the month.
Pharmacy grad earns national prize
September 26: Recent pharmacy graduate Rosaline Kennedy has been named Royal Pharmaceutical Society pre-registration trainee of the year. Rosaline, who graduated in 2011 and who now works for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, was awarded the title due to her work in educating patients about the risk factors for strokes and how to avoid them.
September 3: Comparative psychologist Dr Bridget Waller, University of Portsmouth, and Dr Katie Slocombe, University of York, have been awarded a collaborative grant of £20,000 by the British Psychological Society in recognition of their impressive public engagement. Dr Waller has established the world’s first cognitive study centre for rare Sulawesi crested macaques in partnership with Marwell Wildlife. By interacting with computer touchscreens the monkeys give scientists a window into their memory, communication skills and emotion. Dr Waller said: “The interactive research centre offers the scientific community and the public visiting Marwell Wildlife a unique and invaluable opportunity to study these fascinating animals.”
August 29: A free seminar to help creative people become happy and productive is to be held at the University’s Dennis Sciama building on Monday, September 10 from 1.30-5.30pm. Guest speaker Paola Campari-Moss, director of the University’s Creative Industries Business Advice and Skills unit (CIBAS), said: “The seminar will help people enhance their creativity and allow them to network with their creative peers. The event is being run by Ardent Hare, which supports disabled and deaf artists, and will be useful to anyone interested in self employment through creative means.” To find out more, telephone 01622 685694.
August 24: Extreme environment expert, Professor Mike Tipton, has become the patron of SARbot, a charity which provides staff and technology to search for people under water, increasing the chance of finding casualties and reducing risks to search and rescue teams. Professor Tipton said: “I’m honoured to have been asked. The capability that SARbot offers will, when used in conjunction with existing emergency service capability, reduce the time taken to find people in water and increase the chance of rescuing people alive. Importantly, their work also reduces the danger to our rescue services. Sadly, these capabilities have been much needed this summer.”
Exhibition film online
August 20: A two-minute video based on an exhibition inspired by Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities, is now available to watch online. It is made by artist, Suki Chan, of her sound installation exhibition project A Hundred Seas Rising, currently showing at Aspex Gallery until 2 September. A Hundred Seas Rising explores how literature might be implicated in the imagination and trajectories of revolutions and was commissioned in response to London 2012 by Aspex, the University of Portsmouth CCI SPACE and Quay Arts, Isle of Wight.
Cosmologist in Beijing
August 9: Dr Karen Masters has been asked to present one of just four ‘invited discourses’ at the forthcoming General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Beijing later this month. She join one of the 2011 Physics Nobel Prize winners on the podium and will be talking about the work of Galaxy Zoo and what it’s taught cosmologists about the different types of galaxies in the universe and how they relate to each other.
Graduate’s Olympic experience
August 7: Recent UoP Journalism graduate Zach Ward has been volunteering as a Games Maker for London 2012. Zach has been negotiating London traffic in order to drive Olympic Delegates to and from sporting venues – read more…
Bells ring in Eldon for Olympics
July 26: At 08:12 a.m. on 27th July 2012, thousands of people across the UK will be joining together to ring in the first day of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. University Artist in residence Jon Adams will be ringing a handmade bell in the Eldon Building as part of Work No. 1197: All the Bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes by Turner Prize-winning artist and musician. If you would like to take part, come along on 27th July at 8am to the Eldon Building, ready to ring your bell at 08.12 – 12 hours before the start of 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
IS shortlisted for national award
July 26: The new student portal (Myport), which brings together news, events and support services, plus students’ personal information, has been shortlisted in a national competition designed to showcase excellence in teaching and learning using Google Apps. The competition is run by Google and the Association for Learning Technology and the winners will be announced next week. Stuart Graves, IS Service Delivery Manager who worked on Myport with colleagues from IS and Marketing said: “I am so delighted that all of the hard work put in by the project team, especially the developers, has been recognised by two leading organisations. Myport was worked on for over a year, using untried technology, and the fact that we are shortlisted by Google / ALT shows that our students will be benefitting from an excellent new portal, available via their student Google accounts.”
Students’ Union first
July 20: The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union is the first organisation in Portsmouth to win prestigious national recognition by being awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard. Student volunteers gave nearly 5,000 hours of volunteering to 17 local and national organisations last year. Godfrey Atuahene Junior, President of UPSU said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our commitment to volunteers. As an organisation, we strive to have a positive impact with every Portsmouth student and this year, have offered a number of new volunteering opportunities.”
Marketing tops table
July 19: The Marketing Department won the University staff sports day on points with a triumphant team of nine, called ‘Follow the Reader’, taking home winners’ rosettes for the second year running. Marketing campaigns officer Chris Bulman, who joined the team for the first time this year, said: “We reached five out of six finals and were way out in front in the sack race. It was our attitude that helped us win.”
Economics reports on dockyard
June 29: The Department of Economics has produced a report about the future of the Portsmouth Dockyard, commissioned by the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The report looks at the effects of the Dockyard’s presence in the city and at its wider impact on the region’s economy.
June 26: Professor Munir Maniruzzaman, School of Law, has been re-elected to the council of the International Chamber of Commerce Institute of World Business Law, a think-tank providing research, training and information to the legal profession. Professor Maniruzzaman has also been appointed visiting professor of international law at China’s largest university for the subject, China University of Political Science and Law, and has been reappointed for three years a member of the advisory board of Foreign Direct International Arbitration Moot to advise on international arbitration and investment regulation.
June 26: A 1970s British cinema research project undertaken by academics in the School of Creative Arts, Film and Media has been given a rare award of outstanding by the Arts Humanities and Research Council. The project – 1970s British Cinema, Film and Video: Mainstream and Counter-Culture – was recognised for furthering research in the field and laying foundations for future research. Professor Sue Harper, Dr Dave Allen and Dr Justin Smith were praised the for the quality of their work, including a website, scholarly articles, two books, conferences, TV and radio broadcasts, and invited lectures.
Google comes to Portsmouth
June 15: A conference about using google apps for education is taking place on campus today. There will be presentations by Google and several European universities about how they use Google and Google Apps and amongst a wide range of sessions there will be discussions on embedding Google Apps in the institution and deploying Google Apps into the curriculum. The conference is hosted jointly with the University of Loughborough and Google.
STEM event for girls
June 13: Teenage girls from local schools with a flair for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects are attending a one-off event to encourage them to further their studies. The pupils, age 13-14, will join University lecturers at a hands-on event where they will take part in activities connected with architecture, computing and product design. 40 pupils from eight local schools will be building a model car, designing a computer programme to make sweets and learning about building bridges by constructing a structure to support chocolate bars.
Champion in and out of water
June 6: Portsmouth sports science graduate and champion swimmer Tara Stroud (née Hutt) has been nominated for the Fitness Industry Association’s Future of Flame Award, which recognises outstanding individuals who consistently deliver results above and beyond the call of duty. Tara worked at the University after graduating before six years ago moving into the fitness sector to work for Leisure Connection. As head of swimming, she has seen user participation increase across the company’s 40 pools by 33 per cent.
Best teacher awards
May 29: For the second year, the Students’ Union will be honouring excellent teachers and student support at the Golden Apple Teaching Awards on Thursday at 5.30pm in Portland atrium. Prizes will be awarded to Most Inspiring Teacher; Best Feedback; Learner Support; Personal Tutor; Outstanding overall positive impact on students; Outstanding department; and a new award, the Postgraduate choice award.
Two new roles
May 25: Dr David Hutchinson, environment facilitator for the University’s Environment Network is “honoured and excited” to have been appointed environment and health science coordinator for two nationally-funded initiatives designed to help protect human, plant and animal health – The Environmental Exposures and Health Initiative and the Environmental and Social Ecology of Human Infectious Disease.
May 15: Professor Dareck Gorecki will give his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 16 May on the subject of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The disease is the most severe and common form of muscular dystrophy and one of the most commonly inherited disorders in men, with the risk of having an affected child being about 1 in every 3500 male births. This event is FREE and tickets can be booked through http://darekgorecki.eventbrite.com/
Brains break records
May 8: An exhibition about the human brain, curated by the University’s Dr Marius Kwint, is set to become the Wellcome Collection’s most visited exhibition. The exhibition, which runs until 17 June, has so far had the highest number of daily visits in the organisation’s history
The One Show film on campus
May 8: A film crew from the BBC’s ‘The One Show’ have spent a day filming in the Extreme Environmental laboratories for a feature on hibernation. They interviewed Professor Mike Tipton about the effect of cold on the human body.
PR legend visits University
May 3: Celebrity Public Relations guru, Max Clifford, gave a talk to students at the University yesterday. Well-known for the rich and famous clients he represents, Mr Clifford spoke for half an hour before spending over an hour taking questions from an audience of journalism and media studies students.
Campus on show
May 2: Sixty international agents from 20 countries are visiting the University of Portsmouth this week to meet staff and see first-hand the facilities, campus and city. They will also meet students and attend an awards ceremony with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Rebecca Bunting.
Bees draw a crowd
April 25: The University recorded its biggest ever audience for Cafe Scientifique in Portsmouth since its inception in 2006. Last night there was standing room only in Café Parisien as more than 70 people attended a discussion lead by the UK’s only Professor of Apiculture, Francis Ratnieks, who talked about the amazing qualities of honey bees. The audience was a mixture of people from bee keeping enthusiasts to the plain curious.
Economist on video gaming panel
April 23: Joe Cox has been asked to appear on the panel for a special session on the economics of video gaming, at the 2012 Association of Cultural Economics International Conference in Kyoto.
Accounting paper wins prize
April 17: An accounting review paper by Portsmouth Business School Professor Lisa Jack, which reviews the history of fair value accounting, has been awarded the best article prize by the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA).
April 2: Professor Will Percival is leading a consortium of researchers at four UK Universities which have been awarded development funding for a future astronomical experiment called ‘BigBOSS’. He said: “The experiment is extremely exciting – it would observe twenty billion distant galaxies, mapping the cosmic web out to unprecedented distances.”
March 6: Sky IQ’s Head of Marketing will speak about ‘The Art of Now, the Next and the Possible – the future of marketing and the customer experience’ at a Portsmouth Business School open evening on Tuesday 13th March, 2012.
Business School hosts Lean conference
February 16: The Business School recently hosted the fifth international conference on ‘Lean’ practices in higher education and services, which saw over 80 delegates from a wide range of organisations and countries share best practice on ‘Lean’ – a concept which challenges organisations to improve their value.
Professor wins fellowship
February 15: The Head of Economics at Portsmouth Business School has won a prestigious fellowship to conduct research at Rhodes University in South Africa. Professor Alan Collins has been awarded the Hobart Houghton Research Fellowship.
January 9: A 12-month study to measure people’s levels of happiness is being conducted by a University of Portsmouth sociologist. Dr Laura Hyman will carry out the research in partnership with BBC Radio Solent to examine how people feel about their lives in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Dorset.
December 23: Around 100 students from France and Denmark showcased their video game building skills at a week-long ‘Game Jam’, organised by a UoP Creative Technologies lecturer and three students. Teams had to make a video game from scratch in just one week. The Game Jam was hosted in Rouen, France, but students took part remotely from 10 other locations across France and Denmark.
December 20: Dancers from across Portsmouth coached by UoP staff and students won first prizes in a recent county street dance championship.
Up For Sport dance development officer Carly-Ann Purcell said: “I am so proud of all my dancers, they have worked incredibly hard. We now can’t wait to perform at the university’s Most Wanted Dance Off at the Kings Theatre in February.”
TV crew visit
December 18: A Vietnamese television crew interviewed staff and students on campus recently as part of a promotional film for Vietnamese students considering studying at higher education level in the UK.