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Portsmouth is now ranked in the top 20 universities in England for both academic support and learning resources in the National Student Survey.

10 August 2023


The University of Portsmouth has been ranked in the top 20 in England for academic support and learning resources, according to the annual National Student Survey (NSS) published today (10 August).

It was ranked 19th of all universities in England for academic support in the NSS, and 18th for learning resources. 

Portsmouth was also ranked 33rd in the country for students knowing how to access mental wellbeing support.

87 percent of students responded positively to the academic support they were receiving, 89 percent to the learning resources they had access to, and 78 percent to mental wellbeing help made available.

Portsmouth students value the way the University provides every undergraduate student with a personal tutor as their primary source of academic support throughout their course. Additional help is given through academic skills tutors, student engagement officers, learning support tutors, maths cafe, the Wellbeing and Disability teams, together with tailored support groups such as the Living Well With Autism group.

The University has also invested significantly in digital infrastructure, including 2,000 open access PCs and Macs, 3,000 teaching terminals and 800 high-spec specialist PCs across campus, plus 1,000 loanable laptops.

It has provided free access to virtual learning software, including Google Apps, Zoom, LinkedIn Learning, and given students 24/7 access to the Library during term time to access physical books, resources and study spaces.

Furthermore, there has been major investment in learning environments that simulate the workplace such as the Centre for Simulation and Health Care, Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality, Dental Academy, replica Crown Court Room and Bloomberg Suite which uses the same facilities as global financial services firms.

Our excellent performance in this independent and nationally recognised survey reflects our fundamental mission to provide the very best for our students.

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, said: “Our excellent performance in this independent and nationally recognised survey reflects our fundamental mission to provide the very best for our students.

“It highlights our considerable strengths, with students particularly satisfied with academic support and learning resources. It is also reassuring to know that they feel supported when it comes to their mental wellbeing, especially during a turbulent few years, and that they know where to go to get help. 

“The NSS results are a valuable source of information for prospective students and their supporters too, helping them make the right decisions about where and what to study as they take their first steps into higher education.

“It also demonstrates our continued progress towards our long-term ambition to be the top modern UK university and in the top 100 young universities in the world by the end of the decade.”

This latest ranking success follows Portsmouth reclaiming its top 50 place in this year’s Complete University Guide, where it was ranked 47th, up 22 places from 69th in last year’s league table. This position reflects a major increase in student satisfaction, confirming its commitment to ensuring that every student has a life-changing experience with the University. 

It has also been named as one of the UK’s top 50 universities, according to the 2024 edition of the QS World University Rankings, and ranked in the top three modern universities for research power in REF2021.

For students still considering their university options, the University of Portsmouth has a number of excellent courses on offer through Clearing and Adjustment. Call the Admissions team on 023 9284 8081 to speak to an advisor.

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