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Helping your achieve your potential

Read the principles that shape the great student experience we deliver

Knowledgeable, informed, intellectually curious, responsible, self-aware, self-motivated, independent and set for success in their future careers. These are characteristics we want all our students to have.

To help our students achieve their full potential, we've created two sets of principles: the University of Portsmouth Student Charter and the Hallmarks of a Portsmouth Graduate.

Thanks to our exceptional teaching, facilities and student experience, our students are empowered to meet and exceed the expectations in the Charter, and develop the characteristics outlined in our Hallmarks – and in doing so, set themselves on the path to a successful and fulfilling career. 

Hallmarks of a Portsmouth Graduate

We support our students to gain the Hallmarks of a Portsmouth Graduate throughout their time at university.

Subject and Discipline

You'll have an excellent understanding of your subject.

Hallmark 1. Understand the principles, practices and boundaries of your subject discipline

This enables you to have a critical and reflective knowledge and understanding of your subject and your competency in the subject area.

Hallmark 2. Be intellectually curious, and able to think independently, analytically and creatively

This enables you to engage imaginatively with new areas of investigation within and across discipline boundaries.

Society and Citizenship

You'll be an active member of society, and a good citizen.

Hallmark 3. Generate ideas and develop creative solutions of benefit to society and the economy

This means you can synthesise new and existing knowledge.

Hallmark 4. Be responsible, respectful, informed and active global citizens

This means you have developed a cultural intelligence and an understanding and appreciation for diversity. It means you have a commitment to, and responsibility for, inclusivity, social justice, ethical practice, wellbeing and sustainability.

Hallmark 5. Be effective team players

This enables you to provide leadership and also to support the success of others.

Hallmark 6. Have an enterprising and innovative spirit

This enables you to create value to others through recognising opportunity. This allows you to bring original thinking and productivity to the groups and communities to which you belong.

Personal Competencies

You'll be able to engage with and communicate information in various contexts.

Hallmark 7. Be able to locate, access and critically engage with information

This means you can purposefully use current and emerging digital technologies.

Hallmark 8. Be able to communicate clearly and effectively

This means you can communicate both in a range of forms and contexts with diverse audiences.

Hallmark 9. Be able to work in a range of environments

This enables you to respond positively to new situations by being aware, flexible, adaptable and realistic in your expectations.

Personal Development

You'll be proactive and confident in your career and life decisions.

Hallmark 10. Be self-reflective, embrace challenges and seize opportunities for development

This means you can be proactive in recognising and addressing personal and professional development needs. This enables you to be confident to make informed career and life decisions, and achieve personal growth.

Our Student Charter

Created by a partnership of students, staff and the Students’ Union, the University of Portsmouth Student Charter is a shared set of principles that staff and students agree contribute to an outstanding student experience. The charter supports students to demonstrate the Hallmarks of a Portsmouth Graduate.

Do you know the SCORE at Portsmouth?


Seek out and nurture strong support networks and partnerships to help meet your academic, career, and personal needs


Play your part in welcoming others into diverse, inclusive, global and local communities where ideas are shared, opinions are sought, and views are valued


Embrace challenges, be intellectually curious, and seize the broad range of opportunities provided within and beyond the curriculum


Value the people you meet and the places where you study, work, and live; be a role model in the ways you treat people with respect, equity and dignity


Commit wholeheartedly to a stimulating learning environment, provide and respond to timely and constructive feedback, and push the boundaries of your subject