We're always happy to show our love for our city. Discover some of the ways we're helping to improve the lives of our neighbours across Portsmouth and the wider region.

How we benefit the local economy

We employ 2,550 full-time staff, making us Portsmouth's fourth largest employer, after the Royal Navy, Portsmouth NHS Trust and the City Council.

In 2015/16:

This is what we did for the local economy

  • Generated £624 million in the Solent region and £476 million in Portsmouth, adding more than £1.1 billion to the UK economy
  • Supported 9,300 jobs in the Solent region and 7,900 jobs in Portsmouth
  • Made a significant contribution to the local visitor economy, adding an estimated £5.5 million value to the economy and supporting more than 230 jobs
  • Invested £10 million in the local economy, supporting more than 170 jobs
  • Our Open Days alone generated £1.5 million for the city

This is what our students added through spending, part-time and volunteering

  • £209.5 million and supported 4,733 jobs in the Solent region
  • £180.6 million and supported 4,270 jobs in Portsmouth

This is what our overseas students and their friends and family added

  • Around £64 million in local businesses, supporting almost 600 jobs in the local area

All statistics taken from BiGGAR Economics' University of Portsmouth report, July 2017

How we're improving life in our city

City life

  • Our researchers and students work with Hampshire Constabulary to help police detect and reduce crime
  • We're adding to the cultural life of the city through our work with the New Theatre Royal – our involvement in the theatre's £16 million redevelopment helped build a new back-stage area that has increased the theatre’s production capacity, and seating capacity from 500 to 700


  • Our growth has also brought investment into the city – since 2014, Unite Students, the UK’s leading student accommodation developer, has invested £42 million in building new halls for our students
  • Our own £400 million Estate Masterplan will also have a positive impact on life in the city, by bringing new developments into Portsmouth

Access to education

  • We collaborate with further education colleges in and around Portsmouth to give more people access to education – one of the many ways we're making higher education more attainable
  • We're working with one of the city's other big employers, the Royal Navy, to give military personnel the chance to gain qualifications with us, which can help when they return to civilian life
  • Through STEMNET Hampshire and The Code Club, we're helping to improve social mobility in Portsmouth by encouraging children to pursue subjects in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)

Student volunteering

  • In 2015/16, more than 1,300 of our students volunteered 54,000 hours to activities in the local community – this includes our Reading Scheme where our student volunteers spend an hour a week helping children aged 2-6 with their reading skills
  • Our Dentistry students give free dental treatments to children across the city as part of our 'Brush UP' programme to tackle rising levels of childhood tooth decay
  • Our School of Law students provide free and impartial legal advice on everything from housing or debt problems to employment issues, through legal clinics. The clinics are overseen by a qualified solicitor and a manager from the Citizens Advice Bureau

...and that's just for starters

We're doing plenty more and have great plans for our future and the future of our city. See for yourself in our University Strategy.