On 13 June, 2019, the Vice-Chancellor gave staff and students the opportunity to make nominations for an award in recognition of an exceptional contribution to the university and local community.

The law in practice team was recognised for giving students the opportunity to provide free quality legal advice to the local community, providing those students with essential skills and helping the not for profit sector in Portsmouth fill the gap following legal aid reforms. Students, on successful selection, undertake the law in practice unit in level 6. It is a 40 credit unit, and requires a commitment of at least 100 hours in either the general legal advice or small claims clinic, together with 3 assessment pieces.

The awards attracted over 130 applications, and 14 winners were selected, a mixture of individuals and teams, staff and students.