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Beyond the Classroom

Real stories of alumni success

Would you like to hear from inspirational University of Portsmouth graduates?

This series has been created to broaden your knowledge, offer guidance and motivate you. 

At the events, you’ll hear from graduates who have been where you are. And how with a sprinkle of innovation, creative-thinking and a go-getting attitude, they’ve gone on to build successful careers. 

Our speakers have worked in a variety of sectors including fashion, digital marketing, finance, environmental, defence and even personal grooming! And the best news? We have even more exciting events to come.

Catch-up on demand with those you’ve missed, get to know the speakers and save the dates for next time.

Coming soon

Tayo and Antoinette Oguntonade

Join us on 25 April for the next instalment of the Beyond the Classroom series as economics graduates Tayo Oguntonade and Antoinette Oguntonade, property experts and the co-founders of the hugely successful digital property platform BrickzWithTipz, discuss the property market, home ownership, social media branding, building a successful business, and their Portsmouth memories.

Book your place.

Get to know

Discover the person behind the brand. We asked our speakers some quick-fire questions.

Julian Sawyer

Will King

Moses Rashid

Feed your curiosity and broaden your knowledge

We really missed you at the events but don’t worry, you can catch-up below.

Bedroom Start-Up to Multi-Million Global Sneaker Company

Hosted by alumnus and CEO of The Edit LDN, Moses Rashid
Moses Rashid Talk for Business Beyond the Classroom
Watch the event

Disruptors in Football and Changing the Game

Podcast hosted by Leon Mann MBE and Joel Beya
Graphic of Beyond the Classroom - Real Stories of Alumni Success podcast with title: Disruptors in football and changing the game with images of Joel and Leon
Listen to the podcast

The Future of Money

Hosted by Julian Sawyer, Co-Founder of Starling Bank and former CEO of Bitstamp
Julian Sawyer
Watch the keynote talk

Innovating in the Face of Uncertainty

Hosted by Will King, founder of leading men's shaving brand King of Shaves
Headshot of Will King smiling to camera
Watch the keynote talk

Behind the Facebook Culture

Hosted by Shona Silton, Global Agency Director, Meta (previously Facebook)
Shona Silton
Watch the webinar

Bombs to Business: Lessons from the Front Line

Hosted by Olly Shepherd
Olly Shepherd smiling to camera wearing suit in black and white image
Watch the webinar

How to Build and Promote Your Business

Hosted by Josh Robinson, Alumnus, Entrepreneur in Residence and Founder of LMSUK, Josh Robinson
Josh Robinson
Watch the webinar

Disruptive Sustainability - What Does it Take to Drive Meaningful Environmental Change in Business?

Hosted by Georgia Elliott-Smith, Managing Director, Element Four & UNESCO Special Envoy for Youth and the Environment
Georgia Elliott Smith
Watch the webinar

Inspirational graduates and speakers

Discover more about some of our remarkable alumni who returned as keynote speakers