Our roots go back to 1869 – we have grown in size and strength creating and sharing success with our students, staff, community and society.
We are one of only four universities in the south east to receive the highest 'Gold' rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a Government scheme that recognises excellent teaching in UK universities.
We are the 25th best University in the UK, according to the Guardian University Guide 2019.
Outranking the sector average for the 11th year in a row, we achieved an 88% satisfaction rate in the National Student Survey 2017. 19 of our courses achieved 100% satisfaction.
We are one of the world's top 150 new universities in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2018.
The latest Destination of Leavers from HE survey shows that 97.5% of our graduates are working or in further study within six months of graduation.
The percentage of our graduates in professional/managerial level roles has increased by 3% to 75%, which means Portsmouth is above the sector average in the UK.
Portsmouth graduates earn more than the sector average. Six months after completing an undergraduate course, a Portsmouth graduate’s average salary is £23,500.
We have a population of more than 25,000 students and 2,500 full-time equivalent staff.
We have more than 4,000 international and EU students from almost 150 different countries.
45% of our students are female and 55% are male.
We provide £5.9 million a year in bursaries and hardship funds for our students.
89% of our research in Physics and 90% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in REF2014.
Our £400 million Estate Master plan will enrich the fabric of our university, support collaborative learning, develop innovation, and benefit our city and region.
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The University is at the heart of Portsmouth and we have a strong commitment to our regional community, and particularly to the city, embedded in our strategy. This commitment is longstanding, at least since the opening of the Municipal College in 1908. Our economic, social and cultural contributions range from being one of the largest employers in the city, to the value our highly skilled graduates add in professional roles in our schools, health and justice services, businesses, local authorities and charities. Some contributions have a measurable economic impact: we have invested over £180 million in buildings and resources in the last decade and our 25,000+ students study, live and spend in the city. Other work adds benefits in different ways, such as: improving the city environment by sharing expertise in urban design; students volunteering in local charities, schools and hospitals; encouraging enterprise and innovation and promoting a greater public understanding of science through lectures, schools visits, events and press comment.
Students at the Dental Academy have been targeting hard to reach patients, including children and older people, by participating in community-based projects. Portsmouth has large unmet dental care needs, with half of all children having decayed teeth by the time they start school. So far, 17 schools and nurseries are running the Academy’s supervised tooth brushing programme, Brush UP. Students are also applying fluoride varnish to children at local primary schools and offering advice at care homes, children’s groups, probation centres and alcohol and drug detoxification centres.
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The University of Portsmouth prides itself on being an inclusive environment for staff and students. We have a diverse student population from over 120 countries. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of all University activity. We work proactively to support all staff and students ensuring we offer a fair and inclusive working and learning environment where all can meet their full potential.
Organisations we work with include:
We are determined to create a low-carbon future. We do this by inspiring and motivating staff and students to commit to be mindful of environmental sustainability in all they do. Initiatives to support this ambition include the management of the University’s energy consumption, recycling and waste management, a ‘green building challenge’, sustainable construction projects, a procurement code of practice and a travel plan.
The University of Portsmouth Environment Network (UPEN) was established in 2010 to coordinate the broad range of environmentally related teaching and research from across the University.
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This £11m centre is an exciting new space for the next generation of engineers, scientists and designers. Launching this year, the centre will house the latest simulation, visualisation and modelling equipment.
With new halls opening in 2016 and 2017, we’re increasing the accommodation options for our students. These halls will be centrally located and within walking distance of the city centre and main University buildings.
The White Swan Building is an extension of the city’s New Theatre Royal. It houses a new studio theatre, as well as TV studio and gallery, several music practice rooms and more teaching and drama studio space. It also means our students study alongside an active theatre.
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