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Join Us at Global Week 2019

Find out about our programme of events celebrating culture and friendship

Global Week – Monday 18 to Sunday 24 March 2019

Global Week is our annual celebration of worldwide culture and friendship. Whether you're an international or British student, or a member of the local community, join us to celebrate our diversity. 

You can attend various free events throughout the week, including sports competitions, guest lectures, film screenings and our flagship event, the Festival of Cultures. With 4,000 international students from 150 different countries at the University, you'll experience cultures from all around the world.

Take a look at our programme of events below. We're working on an extensive programme this year, so check back regularly for new information and events.

Events in Global Week

Film Screening: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Time: 6.15pm–8.30pm

Venue: Eldon West 1.10

Location: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2DJ

The Students' Union Cinema Society will be screening director Ang Lee’s iconic and critically-acclaimed Chinese wuxia film. 

In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior (Chow Yun-Fat) gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover (Michelle Yeoh) for safekeeping – but the sword is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story builds to a stunning finish.

This screening is free and open to all staff and students. You don’t need to get tickets in advance, just turn up at the time and bring your popcorn. 

 

Presentations: India Winter School

Date: Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March

Time: 10.00am–11.30am (2.00pm–4.00pm on Tuesday 19 March)

Venue: Blue Room

Location: Nuffield Centre, St Michael's Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ED 

The India Winter School is a 12-day trip that takes place during the Christmas holidays, that’s open to all campus-based students. 
 
The trip is a cultural experience to Karnataka state and includes visits to local temples and places of interest, as well as workshops on clay pottery, henna, Bollywood and traditional dance. The trip concludes with a 2-night stay on a coffee plantation, during which you’ll take part in a coffee-picking challenge, play Mud Volleyball and enjoy a Christmas Eve campfire. 
 
At these free presentations, you’ll get details on how much the trip costs, find out about the available funding options to pay for it, and learn more about the logistics of the trip.

Event: Where can my degree take me?

Time: 11.00am—2.00pm

Venue: Portland Building Atrium

Location: Portsmouth PO1 3AH
 
If you’re a student on a course within the Faculty of Technology, this event is your chance to speak to the placements team about the overseas opportunities open to you. 
 
During the event, you’ll hear the experiences of other students who have completed work placements in other countries, and have the opportunity to discuss your options with the placement staff. 

Performance: Voices of Displaced Persons

Time: 5.00pm—5.30pm

Venue: Eldon West 1.09

Location: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2DJ 

PhD creative writing students Marco BiceciMolly Burns and Maddie Wallace, and creative writing third year undergraduate Andrew Larder, will reflect on the plight of displaced peoples around the world. With Amnesty reporting the current number of refugees at 25.4 million, there has never been a more pertinent time to highlight the human plight and suffering of so many people from war-torn countries, oppressive regimes and persecution.

The performances will focus on voices of displaced persons, and how these can be represented through creative writing and drama, to promote awareness of the conditions millions of people have to suffer. Inspired by Journeys Festival International, each piece is underpinned by research into the emotional and physical journey of refugees and asylum seekers.

Book your tickets.

 

Guest Lecture: Gene Alcantara – Fighting Duterte from Britain

Time: 5.30pm—7.00pm

Venue: Eldon West 1.09

Location: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2DJ
 
The estimated 350,000 Filipinos living in the UK may be thousands of miles from the Philippines, but the horrors of President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime can still feel like an ever-present part of their lives.
 
In this lecture, Filipino community leader Gene Alcantara – a published writer, poet, and broadcast journalist for 13 years with ABS-CBN, a Filipino media and entertainment group – will provide his perspective on the political situation in the Philippines, and make the case for British-based Filipinos to resist Duterte from their new home.
 
This is a free lecture,and you can book your tickets here.

 

Film Screening: Good Bye Lenin

Time: 7.00pm—10.00pm

Venue: Room 1.11

Location: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2DJ

A screening of ‘Good Bye Lenin’, a German tragi-comedy about a young man who must go to great lengths to stop his ailing mother – a loyal Communist Party member who fell into a coma before the 1989 revolution – from realising the Berlin Wall has fallen and socialism has collapsed while she was unconscious.
 
The film will include an introductory talk from Dr Christine Berberich, a senior lecturer in our Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Christine was born in Germany and started her academic career at the University of Saarbrucken in 1998, and will be sharing her experience and knowledge of life in Cold War Germany. 

 

Presentations: India Winter School

Date: Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March

Time: 10.00am–11.30am (2.00pm–4.00pm on Tuesday 19 March)

Venue: Blue Room

Location: Nuffield Centre, St Michael's Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ED 

The India Winter School is a 12-day trip that takes place during the Christmas holidays, that’s open to all campus-based students. 
 
The trip is a cultural experience to Karnataka state and includes visits to local temples and places of interest, as well as workshops on clay pottery, henna, Bollywood and traditional dance. The trip concludes with a 2-night stay on a coffee plantation, during which you’ll take part in a coffee-picking challenge, play Mud Volleyball and enjoy a Christmas Eve campfire. 
 
At these free presentations, you’ll get details on how much the trip costs, find out about the available funding options to pay for it, and learn more about the logistics of the trip.

Event: Global Bake Off

Time: 10.00am—3.00pm

Venue: Science Faculty Office

Location: St. Michael's Building, Portsmouth, PO1 2DT

Join staff from the Faculty of Science, who have been challenged to create the best internationally-themed cake – with the winner being chosen by the Dean of Science, who will judge the entries at 11.00am.  

You can buy the cakes once the judging is complete, with every donation going to Plastic Oceans. You can also test your international knowledge with quizzes and games. 

The Faculty of Science is leading research in partnership with business, government and academia to understand the impact of plastic on our global environment and develop solutions to tackle it.

 

Event: Overseas Opportunities for Staff

Time: 2.00pm—3.30pm

Venue: Room 0.13

Location: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth PO1 3HE
 
If you’re a member of staff at the University, find out how you could benefit from training or teaching abroad at this free event. 
Our Exchanges and Study Abroad team will be on-hand to help you learn more about the EU’s Erasmus+ programme – which offers extensive training opportunities in locations throughout Europe. 

Booking is required, so please secure your place in advance.

Please note, this promotional event showcases the opportunities available through the Erasmus+ programme with the current UK membership to the European Union. These opportunities are subject to the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.  

 

Event: International Tea Party

Time: 2.30pm—4.00pm

Venue: Room 1.05

Location: King Henry Building, Portsmouth, PO1 2DY

If you're studying psychology, join our international tea party to speak to returning psychology students about their experiences abroad, information about future opportunities for you to travel, a quiz about studying overseas, and much more. 

 

Event: Wellbeing Café

Time: 4.00pm—5.30pm

Venue: Café Coco

Location: 2 Cambridge Rd, Portsmouth PO1 2EF

Join us at this globally-themed version of our weekly Wellbeing Cafe and enjoy a variety of international snacks and hot drinks, and do some traditional crafts. Follow us on Facebook for more information.

 

Panel Discussion: Travel. Learn. Grow

Time: 4.00pm—5.30pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 3

Location: Richmond Building, Portsmouth PO1 3DE

At this engaging discussion, speak with our alumni and current students as they share and reflect on their global experiences. 

They’ll discuss how different global opportunities enhanced their student experience, helped them to grow as people, and improved their graduate employability. You’ll also hear from an expert speaker, who’ll share their views on how a global mindset and skills can boost your career.

 

Film Screening: Plastic Ocean

Time: 4.00pm—5.30pm

Venue: Eldon West 1.10

Location: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2DJ

Plastic pollution is a global problem. Plastic is everywhere – from the plastic bags in supermarkets, to beauty products like body scrub. It’s now entered our food, too.

Join the School of Biological Sciences for a screening of Plastic Ocean, a documentary about plastic pollution in the oceans. 

David Jones from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences was a scientific advisor on the film, which explores the impacts and cascade effects plastic pollution has on marine ecosystems and humans. 

The film shows the scale of the problem facing the planet – and is a timely reminder of the important work being done by Professor John McGeehan and his team, who recently discovered an enzyme that could digest plastic.

Entry is free, and you can book your tickets here

 

Event: Festival of Cultures

Time: 5.15pm—10.00pm

Venue: Exhibitions in Spinnaker Sports Centre and Performances in Third Space, Students' Union

Location: Cambridge Rd, Portsmouth PO1 2EF

The annual Festival of Cultures is the flagship event of Global Week, where you can explore different cultures from around the world, through music, food, costume and language. 

Try traditional food and drink from Bulgarian banitsa to Nigerian jollof and Arabic coffee, all prepared by international student societies. And see performances and dance from Cuba, Bahrain, Kuwait, Malaysia and others. 

The exhibition is free for everyone. Performances start at 7.30pm, with dancing and a DJ following until 10.00pm.

Book Launch: Brit Abroad (How to Survive a Year Abroad)

Time: 12.00pm—2.00pm

Venue: Room 1.23

Location: Park Building, King Henry I St, Portsmouth PO1 2BZ

Abigail Nobes, an Applied Languages student at the University, recently completed a 1-year Erasmus+ exchange programme in France and Spain. Erasmus+ is funded by the European Commission, and supports opportunities for students to study and work in Europe as part of their degree.  

At this free event, Abigail will discuss her new book, which chronicles her experiences as a bilingual assistant for an education and tourism company in Malaga, Spain, and her studies at Francois Rabelais Tours University, France.

If you’re interested in a study or work abroad experience, you’ll gain valuable insights into what it’s really like to study and work abroad as part of your studies, and have the chance to discuss any questions or concerns you might have about studying abroad.

The event is open to student and University of Portsmouth staff – and the first 20 students who sign up and enter their student ID number will receive a free copy of Abigail’s new book. 

Get tickets for this free event here.

Please note: this is a promotional event for the current overseas opportunities available, taking into consideration the current UK membership to the European Union.

 

Performance: Poetry by Dr Alison Habens

Time: 6.00pm—6.15pm

Venue: Eldon West 1.11

Location: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2DJ

Join Dr Alison Habens, course leader for Creative Writing at the University of Portsmouth and published novelist and performance poet, as she performs a quirky, comic poem about the menopause.

You can find out more about Alison and her work at her website

 

Performance: Global Voices

Time: 5.00pm—5.45pm

Venue: Cafe Coco

Location: 2 Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2EF

Join ArtReach and Tongues and Grooves on World Poetry Day as they celebrate new creative writing by members of the refugee and asylum seeker community, and University of Portsmouth students. Responding to themes of home, migration and seeking sanctuary, the performances will be a mixture of poetry and short stories.

The event has been supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and forms part of the University of Portsmouth's Global Week.

Get tickets for this free event here

 

Guest Lecture: Orsola de Castro – How to be a Fashion Revolutionary

Time: 6.00pm—7.30pm

Venue: Eldon West 1.11

Location: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2DJ

Orsola de Castro loves fashion and wants to see it become a force for good – and at this special guest lecture, Orsola will be discussing her experiences as a pro-fashion protester at the forefront of the ‘Fashion Revolution’ movement, which aims to celebrate fashion as a positive influence while also scrutinising industry practices and raising awareness of the fashion industry’s most pressing issues.

During this talk, you’ll hear about how this revolution is helping unite people and organisations in their desire to radically-change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed, so that our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way. You’ll also discover how Fashion Revolution is collaborating across the whole value chain — from farmer to consumer — to transform the industry. 

Orsola de Castro is an internationally recognised opinion leader in sustainable fashion. Her career started as a designer with the pioneering upcycling label From Somewhere. Her designer collaborations include collections for Jigsaw, Tesco, Speedo, and Topshop. In 2006, she co-founded the British Fashion Council initiative Estethica at London Fashion Week, which she curated until 2014. In 2013, with Carry Somers, she founded Fashion Revolution, a global campaign with participation in over 100 countries around the world. Orsola is a regular key note speaker and mentor, Associate Lecturer at UAL, as well as Central Saint Martins Visiting Fellow.

Book your tickets here.

You can find out more about Orsola and the work at the Fashion Revolution website

 

Event: Global Quiz

Time: 7.00pm—9.00pm

Venue: The Waterhole Bar

Location: Student Centre, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth PO1 2EF

Test your knowledge of global leaders, sports stars and flags of the world, and play for prizes – including tickets to the Spinnaker Tower – in our Global Quiz. Pick a team of up to 6 people before you arrive, or simply turn up on the evening and we’ll assign you a team. 

Entry is free, and no booking is required.

 

Presentations: India Winter School

Date: Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March

Time: 10.00am–11.30am (2.00pm–4.00pm on Tuesday 19 March)

Venue: Blue Room

Location: Nuffield Centre, St Michael's Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ED 

The India Winter School is a 12-day trip that takes place during the Christmas holidays, that’s open to all campus-based students. 
 
The trip is a cultural experience to Karnataka state and includes visits to local temples and places of interest, as well as workshops on clay pottery, henna, Bollywood and traditional dance. The trip concludes with a 2-night stay on a coffee plantation, during which you’ll take part in a coffee-picking challenge, play Mud Volleyball and enjoy a Christmas Eve campfire. 
 
At these free presentations, you’ll get details on how much the trip costs, find out about the available funding options to pay for it, and learn more about the logistics of the trip.

Event: Mapathon

Time: 12.00pm—2.00pm

Venue: Second Floor, Future Technology Centre

Location: Portsmouth PO1 3HE

A mapathon (mapping marathon) is an event where people get together to map some of the world's most vulnerable places, by contributing to OpenStreetMap – a map of the world that anyone can add to, edit and use for any purpose, which has already become a vital tool for humanitarian agencies in the aftermath of major disasters.

You don’t need to have any previous mapping experience to attend this free event – just your enthusiasm to help create a richer map of the world.

 

Presentation: Growing our global wings

Time: 2.00pm—3.00pm

Venue: Dental Academy

Location: William Beatty Building, Hampshire Terrace, Portsmouth PO1 2QG

At this rolling presentation, you’ll discover how the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy has established Erasmus+ staff exchanges with Jönköping University in Sweden – and how this partnership has inspired staff to establish research links between the Academy and other institutions. 

During the presentation, you’ll also discover how our link with Manipal College of Dental Sciences in Mangalore, India, has resulted in an agreement to facilitate student exchange. Our first 3 dental students visited India in April for a 2-week elective, and you’ll have the chance to speak with them about their choice to go to India. 

 

International Book Club: Food and fiction from around the world

Time: 2.00pm—3.00pm

Venue: Room 3.19

Location: Park Building, King Henry I St, Portsmouth PO1 2BZ
 
Listen to food stories from around the world, talk about your own delicious culinary adventures, and enjoy some tea time snacks at this special book club event.

You don’t need to be a member of the book club to attend, and there’s no need to book – just turn up on the day.
 

Presentation: Global Connections

Time: 2.00pm—7.00pm

Venue: Dental Academy

Location: William Beatty Building, Hampshire Terrace, Portsmouth PO1 2QG

Join us at the Dental Academy to learn about the various connections we have throughout the world, from language to food and dress. 

You’ll be able to discuss which region of the world you feel most connected to, test your knowledge of various world languages and sample some international food. You’ll also be able to take part in student lead activities on henna, hijab wearing and chopstick dexterity. 

 

Sport: 5-a-side Football World Cup

Time: 7.30pm—9.30pm

Venue: Langstone Sports Site

Location: Furze Ln, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 8LW

Student and staff footballers of any ability and gender are invited to the second annual 5-a-side World Cup – sign up with a group of friends or let us find you a team, and choose which country you want to represent as you compete for the title, which last year was won by France. 

Email Sam Robinson, the football activator, at up763065@myport.ac.uk to register now.

 

Event: Global Karaoke

Time: 8.00pm—11.00pm

Venue: Waterhole Bar

Location: Student Centre, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth PO1 2EF

Join us at this special Global Week Karaoke night, where you can request your favourite songs – and sing them in your native tongue or a foreign language.

Prizes are available on the night, and a charity raffle will take place, with prizes including cinema vouchers, themed gift baskets and a signed Portsmouth FC shirt.

Entry is free with your student or staff ID – book your tickets in advance to guarantee your place.

 

Presentations: India Winter School

Date: Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March

Time: 10.00am–11.30am (2.00pm–4.00pm on Tuesday 19 March)

Venue: Blue Room

Location: Nuffield Centre, St Michael's Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ED 

The India Winter School is a 12-day trip that takes place during the Christmas holidays, that’s open to all campus-based students. 
 
The trip is a cultural experience to Karnataka state and includes visits to local temples and places of interest, as well as workshops on clay pottery, henna, Bollywood and traditional dance. The trip concludes with a 2-night stay on a coffee plantation, during which you’ll take part in a coffee-picking challenge, play Mud Volleyball and enjoy a Christmas Eve campfire. 
 
At these free presentations, you’ll get details on how much the trip costs, find out about the available funding options to pay for it, and learn more about the logistics of the trip.

Performance: University of Portsmouth Choir and Solent Symphony Orchestra

Time: 7.30pm—10.00pm

Venue: St John’s Cathedral

Location: Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth PO1 3HQ

The University of Portsmouth Choir has members from all over the world, and has performed in locations across the globe – and during this Global Week concert, they’ll be joining forces with the Solent Symphony Orchestra to perform Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Vespers.

Tickets cost £12 (£10 for concessions, £6 for under 16s) – book your tickets now.