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Join Us at Global Week

Find out about our programme of events celebrating culture and friendship

Global Week

Global Week is our annual celebration of worldwide culture and friendship. Each year, we invite students and members of the local community to join us to celebrate the diversity of our community.

Global Week 2019 included a host of free events, including sports competitions, guest lectures, film screenings and our flagship Festival of Cultures event.

This year’s Festival was our biggest yet, attracting more than 1000 visitors over the course of the evening – the most we’ve welcomed to the event since it began in 2008.

From Chinese calligraphy, Arabic coffee and traditional Iranian music, to henna, Cuban Salsa and Ghanaian fashion, more than 30 different countries and cultures were represented, and VIP guests including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Lee Mason and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Graham Galbraith were in attendance.

The Lord Mayor said: 'It was a great pleasure to attend the University of Portsmouth Festival of Cultures and see the fantastic displays and stalls produced by the students.'

Global Week will return in 2020, but until then, watch the highlights of Global Week 2019.

Join us for Global Week 2020

Global Week 2020 Events

Time: All week event
Location: Mercantile Building
Open to: Staff

Activities for DSAA staff to share the countries they have visited and their knowledge and experience on cultures and customs.

A scratch map for staff to highlight the countries they have travelled; a crib sheet for staff to write down useful phrases in foreign languages when travelling. DSAA staff are invited to join UAC Team to participate in the activities.


Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Location: Portsmouth Guildhall
Open to: Staff, students and public

SIMEX Emergency Response Open Day

Members of the public will get the chance to see the workings of international disaster response, including damage mapping, urban search and rescue, and assisting those stranded by floods or displaced by earthquakes.

Portsmouth Guildhall will host an indoor exhibition area with an external display area in Guildhall Square. The event is part of the annual SIMEX series, the world’s largest annual international disaster simulation exercise, run by the University of Portsmouth and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and supported by the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.

The event is free and open to the public.


Time: 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Location: Mercantile Building
Open to: Staff

All DSAA staff are invited to join UAC team. Each guest or group contributes a different, often homemade dish of international cuisine to be shared. There will be a quiz during the lunch on international cultures and social customs. 

Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm 
Location: The HUB (Dennis Schiama)
Open to: Staff and students 

Travel around the world in one afternoon by playing games! Come and experience a world of games from across the globe. Relax, unwind and have fun!  This event is a chance to meet new people and try something new. Games will be hosted by students at the HUB cafe in Dennis Schiama and the event will be open to all students and staff. (Previous experiences of playing games is not essential)

Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Location: Eldon Building, room 1.10
Open to: Staff, students and public

Tansy Hoskins is the author of the newly released Foot Work – What Your Shoes Are Doing To The World, an exposé of the dark origins of the shoes on our feet. In 2017, 64 million pairs of shoes were manufactured across the world every single day. They have never been cheaper to buy, and we have never been more convinced that we need to buy them. Yet their cost to the planet has never been greater. In this urgent, passionately argued book, Tansy Hoskins opens our eyes to the dark origins of the shoes on our feet. Taking us deep into the heart of an industry that is exploiting workers and deceiving consumers, we begin to understand that if we don't act fast, this humble household object will take us to the point of no return.

How to register: This is a free event - Book Now.

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Location: Science and Health Faculty Office, St Michael’s Building, 1.05
Open to: Staff

Staff from the Faculty of Science join in the challenge to create the best internationally themed cake and the judging will be made by the Dean of Science. Donations will be given to the British Red Cross. An internationally themed quiz/game will be on at the same time while you enjoy your cake!

Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Location: TBC
Open to: Students

Global food and talk on global opportunities by students involved in Global Engagement activities in the past year.

Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Location: Careers and Employability Centre
Open to: Students 

Biscoes Solicitors will be on campus to provide information on the visa options for working in the UK after your studies. The presentation will be followed by a networking session where you will have the opportunity to talk informally (or briefly) with a solicitor from Biscoes.

Time: 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Location: Student Common room, King Henry Building, 1.05
Open to: Students

Quiz and Tea. Returning students will talk about their experiences abroad and will also bring an object that symbolises their trip: try and guess where they had been! The tea party will also include an informal chat about current opportunities and further activities/quizzes.

Time: 1.30pm -2.30pm
Location: Portland Building, 1.74
Open to: Students

At this Q&A panel, students will share their experience of having completed an international work placement. This is a chance to hear first-hand what it is really like to take a work placement abroad.

Students from across the University will share stories from their work placement, including some of the key considerations for an international placement such as cultural differences, differing working practices, finding accommodation, financing an international placement and more...

This event will be most relevant for first and second year students considering an international work placement for the summer or for the placement year.

Time: 5.00pm - 10.00pm
Location: Spinnaker Sports Hall for the Exhibition and 3rd Space for the Performances
Open to: Staff, students and public 

The flagship event of the week, an exhibition style event showcasing and celebrating the cultures at the University of Portsmouth, followed by a performance showcase.

Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Location: Café Coco
Open to: Students

The Wellbeing Café is a friendly place to meet others, hang out, talk, play board games or take part in wellbeing activities with like-minded people – all with free drinks and snacks!

The activities cover a wide range – from crafts such as crochet, to mindfulness exercises and wellbeing walks, as well as informal discussions about common concerns such as managing stress and anxiety, or getting a better night’s sleep.

There is always something offered each week for students to listen to and get involved with, but for those who want to simply come and hang out, there are crafts and games always available too.

How to Register: No registration required - just turn up.

Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm 
Location: 3rd Space - Students Union

Give something new a try! Experience popular sports and physical activities popularised outside the UK. Previous experience or 'sportiness' not required - just an enthusiasm to participate. For those well-versed in one of our featured sports/activities, please consider helping us showcase it to others by volunteering.

Time: 5.00pm – 6.45pm – film screening / 6.45pm - 7.15pm – panel/audience discussion
Location: St Michael’s Building, Room 1.01
Open to: Staff, students and public

The University of Portsmouth is hosting a free film screening of A Plastic Ocean at the University on Thursday 19 March.This is an open to all event and is a great chance to watch this incredible adventure documentary. As a special addition to the event this year, there will be a presentation from a key member of the Plastic Eating Enzyme research team and an opportunity for you to ask questions on the future of plastic use. You can book a free place at this event online.

Organised by the Cinema Society students, this screening will be free and open to everyone. Popcorn included! Pan's Labyrinth is Famous for its spellbinding creatures, come along with a few of your friends to experience the wonder, mystery and dread in Guillermo Del Toro's elaborate fantasy!

Time: 7.30pm
Location: St Mary’s Church, Fratton, PO1 5PA

This concert brings together a mixed programme of choral music by a whole raft of composers from the past and present that represents the experiences of the racialised 'other' in different parts of the modern world.

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