|University of Portsmouth|
|Established:||1869 (as Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and the Arts)|
|Vice Chancellor:||Professor John Craven|
|Affiliations:||Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities|
Association of Commonwealth Universities
European University Association
The Channel Islands Universities Consortium
The University is the 5th most popular destination in the UK for EU students and the 10th most popular destination for overseas (Non-EU) students. The departments of Economics, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Pharmacy and Pharmacology attract some of the largest populations of international students in the United Kingdom. Portsmouth has been rated as the 5th best modern university in the UK by The Times Good University Guide.
The University was founded as the Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and the Arts in 1869. Due to the dependence on shipping and trade to the city, the main function of the college was to train the engineers and skilled workmen who went on to work at the city docks, as well as at the large Royal Navy dockyard situated in Portsmouth. However, due to a decline in shipping and population since World War II, when large swathes of the city were destroyed by German bombing, the college was forced to diversify in terms of its syllabus and teaching in order to attract new students.
This steadily continued until the 1960s when, due to a massive government-sponsored expansion in Higher Education, the college was renamed Portsmouth Polytechnic. Along with this new name came the power for Portsmouth to award degrees, accredited and validated by the centralised CNAA. The expansion of the polytechnic continued and in the late 1980s, it was considered one of the largest and the best performing polytechnics in the UK. Portsmouth was granted university status with the power to validate its own degrees along with the other polytechnics in 1992, under the provision of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Further_and_Higher_Education_Act_1992). The title of University of Portsmouth, together with its degree awarding powers, was granted under Section 76 of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992: that section can be found on the web site at http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1992/ukpga_19920013_en_7#pt2-pb4-l1g76
The University of Portsmouth is managed in accordance with Articles of Government approved by the Secretary of State. The Act also set the general format for an Instrument of Government determining the membership, constitution and organisational structure of Boards of Governors.
The formal inauguration of the University of Portsmouth was celebrated at a ceremony in the Portsmouth Guildhall on 7 July 1992.
Since then the University has continued to grow and expand its range of degrees given till this day.
Langstone is the smaller of the two campuses, located in Milton on the eastern edge of Portsea Island, the island on which the city of Portsmouth sits. The campus overlooks Langstone Harbour and it is home to the University's sports grounds. It also includes a restaurant and bar, as well as a 'student village', which provides accommodation for 565 students in three halls of residence; Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother (QEQM), Trust Hall and Langstone Flats. Students in QEQM and Langstone Flats have en-suite rooms. It used to be home of the University's School of Languages and Area Studies. The School has now moved into the Park Building on the Guildhall Campus.
The Guildhall site is much larger. Unlike most university campuses, it is not all enclosed on one tract of land, instead featuring various university buildings scattered throughout the centre of the city. This campus contains much of the University's teaching facilities, and nearly all of the Student Halls of residence (except the Langstone student village and two halls (Rees Hall and Burrell House) located on Southsea Terrace, the city's main esplanade).
The University Library (formerly the Frewen Library) was extended in 2006 at a cost of £11 million. Originally due to open in October, ongoing delays meant that it was not complete until January 2007, when it was opened by the crime writer P. D. James. The University has also in recent years invested in the Faculty of Science, in particular through the renovation of its aluminium-clad main building, St Michael's which is next to popular student halls, James Watson.
A new faculty called "Creative and Cultural Industries" was opened in September 2006. It aims to provide a unique environment in which all aspects of creative thinking will flourish and develop by combining creative schools from across the university.
The University's teaching in pharmacology and pharmacy, biosciences, mathematics, electronic and computer engineering, statistics and operational research has been rated "excellent" by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
Social sciences are also a strength of the University, with education, modern foreign languages (with increasing provision for Mandarin and Arabic), politics and psychology also rated as excellent by the QAA. The University has also delivered one of the longest-running MBAs in the UK and has in 2007 received accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
Portsmouth Business School
Faculty of Technology
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
The University offers a range of sports clubs, and fields teams in many competitions and in BUSA leagues. The sports on offer vary from traditional team games like football, rugby union, and cricket to Octopush, a form of under-water hockey and mens lacrosse. Notably, the University is home to the longest running university paintball club in the United Kingdom. Unsurprisingly given Portsmouth's rich maritime history and location, Sailing and Rowing are also very popular, and the sailing team enters a team the for the annual Cowes Week regatta on the Isle of Wight. For those less sport-inclined, there are a whole host of student-run societies, including Juggling, Afro-Caribbean, LGBT, Pagan and Spiritual, Christian Union and Geography societies.
Despite not offering a degree in Music, the University has a full time music department offering instrumental lessons and ensembles. These include the Choir, Orchestra, Wind Band and Big Band.
The faculty of technology enters a team into the inter-university motorsport challenge, Formula Student.
The University of Portsmouth Students' Union was voted best Union in the UK in the New Musical Express in 2004. Formerly housed in the ex-NAAFI (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes) building Alexandra House, a new £6.5 million purpose-built Union was opened in 2002 at the other end of Ravelin Park, to the north of Frewen Library, though the main entertainment area has been significantly altered recently.
The Union houses a bar. It also has 2 nightclubs (Lux and C02) and a Balfours/Co-Op grocery shop, along with Blackwells bookshop, Connect up the university's computer help store(part run by pcideals) and also its own radio station, Pure FM.
Since the summer of 2005, a restructure resulted in the division of the Union into the UPSU Charity - whose broad remit covers such areas as the running of University clubs and societies - and its trading-orientated operations, under the remit of the University of Portsmouth Enterprise Ltd., a company owned by the University of Portsmouth to offer "to business, industry and the public sector the wide range of skills and knowledge in the University".
The Union's media outlets include radio and magazine- and newspaper-format printed materials, as well as various periodical publications.
"Purple Wednesdays" is also the name given to the weekly nightclub and bar event held at the Union.
The UPEL (trading) side of the Union is represented under the "Social:Life" heading and its aim is to ensure customers are fully aware of the Union's events and other trading activities. To that end, this can be considered the only part of the UPSU.net website which has a clearly-defined and comparatively tangible role as that of an advertising platform.
UPSU.net is one of the first students' Unions in the country to transfer its membership registration process online, a move which has reaped many rewards for the Union both in terms of reducing the inconvenience associated with the issue of student memberships, and the accuracy and security of the Union's data collection processes.
In the future, the Union have stated their aim to expand the use of the website to capitalise on the ease with which students and non-students alike can provide feedback, as a way of improving the Union's relationship with its customers.
University of Portsmouth Enterprise (UPEL) is a limited company, which operates trading functions within the Students' Union, including bars, catering and entertainments.
Following financial difficulties in 2005, UPSU was re-structured and is now a registered charity, with its trading arm (UPSU Trading Ltd.) placed under the direct control of the University, through the auspices of UPEL (University of Portsmouth Enterprise Ltd, previously only used for commercialising research). As a result of this new investment, in October 2005 the Union was redeveloped.
The former Chancellor was Lord Palumbo of Walbrook, a property developer who was once Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain. He sits as a Conservative peer in the House of Lords and was educated at Eton College and also Worcester College, Oxford.
The Vice-Chancellor is Professor John Craven who was appointed in 1997. Professor Craven is an economist, and was educated at the University of Cambridge and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He previously was a Professor of Economics at the University of Kent.
Deputy Vice Chancellor is Rebecca Bunting. Pro Vice Chancellors are Professor David Arrell and Professor John Turner.