University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth is a leading modern university with a strong reputation for teaching and research. Many of the University of Portsmouth academics are international leaders in their fields and their students learn from experts who are pushing forward the boundaries of knowledge.

University of Portsmouth 19,000 students, including 3,000 from over 100 countries, are supported by over 3,000 staff. University of Portsmouth offer superb facilities in a vibrant waterfront location – a university by the sea but in the heart of one of Britain’s most historic cities. The main Guildhall campus, dotted around the city centre, has undergone extensive redevelopment with the establishment of a University Quarter.

University of Portsmouth is a research-active university with wide range of activities across many subjects. Areas of international excellence include the Institute of Biomedical and Bimolecular Sciences, the Centre for European and International Research and the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation. They also have well-developed strengths in applied research with business, industry, and the public and voluntary sectors.
University of Portsmouth is proud of their teaching record, receiving the highest possible rating in the most recent Quality Assurance Agency audit. The 2011 National Students Survey places Portsmouth within the top 30 mainstream English universities for overall satisfaction with 85 per cent of full-time students reporting being satisfied or very satisfied with their course, higher than the national average of 83 per cent.

Applications to the University of Portsmouth increased by 20 per cent (28,448) in 2010 and by 26 per cent (23,632) in 2009 and we received a 13 per cent increase in research funding following success in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The average increase across the sector was 8 per cent.

University of Portsmouth has excellent links with industry and a strong record of student employability. The University recruitment agency, Purple Door Careers and Recruitment, offers a wide range of careers resources, skills workshops, careers guidance, and employer events to support students and graduates in gaining graduate employment. University of Portsmouth experienced recruitment consultants work in collaboration with local and national businesses, charities, and organisations to source graduate opportunities and assist graduates at every step of the recruitment process.

University of Portsmouth has a clear focus on Enterprise, and their Centre for Enterprise, established in 2000, aims to inspire Portsmouth students to learn and succeed in entrepreneurship, offering free training and mentoring to both former and current students.

Arts and Humanities are additional areas of strength; the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries meets the need for talented graduates of the fast-growing creative and cultural sector of the regional and national economy.
Professional Learning Facilities

In 2011 University of Portsmouth opened the new 9m GBP Dental Academy. An innovative partnership between the University of Portsmouth and King’s College London Dental Institute, the Dental Academy is the largest dental academic centre in the UK and is the first of its kind in the country offering integrated team-based training programmes for dentists and dental care professionals.
Building work has started on a new wing on the Eldon Building to include an exhibition space, artists’ studios and a 250-seat professional theatre and film screening facility open to the community.
Plans are also underway for a new building in the city centre with 598 student bedrooms and approx 4,500sq/m of teaching space.
A rebuilt 1.1m GBP nursery for the children of students and staff opened in 2010.

University of Portsmouth opened the UK’s first dedicated brain tumour research centre in December 2010.
Denis Sciama Building, the 9m GBP home for our internationally recognised Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation opened in 2009.
A new Centre for Counter Fraud Studies opened recently within the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies and a new ‘mock courtroom’ was launched by the School of Law where students can take part in mock-trials.
A fully stocked model pharmacy was opened recently to help equip students in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences with the skills they need to become pharmacists while journalism students can take advantage of a state-of-the art newsroom.
‘Space’ – the University’s gallery and exhibition area – is going from strength to strength, attracting visiting artists and displaying a year round programme showcasing the work of students, staff and alumni
A prestigious Centre for Molecular Design was re-launched in 2008. The Centre will undertake new work which includes designing cutting-edge molecular modelling software for pharmaceutical companies to help develop new drugs.
The 11 million GBP green Library complex, integrated into its 1970s predecessor, has won a host of awards, the latest being the 2010 Solent Design Awards and People’s Choice awards for best building. It is recognised among architects for its green credentials and among students for its wireless and digital technologies
Renovations to the 6.5 million GBP Student Centre include Third Space, a study and relaxation area where students can collaborate in inflatable study pods or watch giant wall-mounted television screens while relaxing on huge pink sofas.

Other facilities include:
The 4.5 million GBP ExPERT Centre containing a fully-kitted out operating theatre and hospital ward, home to our computerised mannequins which breathe oxygen, drool, secrete fluids, blink, bleed, and even react to drugs injected into their bodies. The facility trains students in the biomedical sciences and healthcare professions.

A purpose-built 2.5 million GBP sports science building houses first class laboratories, a swimming flume and two British Olympic Medical Centre-accredited climatic chambers.

The eco-friendly Portland Building, with its solar panels and the 12 million GBP Library extension, opened in January 2007 by crime author PD James.

The University’s progressive approach to computing technology has resulted in an almost entirely wireless campus allowing thousands of students and staff to enjoy the benefits and freedom of wireless mobile computing. All rooms in halls of residence have high-speed broadband (10Mbps) which is totally free.

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