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- QUARANTINE PROVISION:
- Red list - You will need to quarantine in a managed hotel and take 2 COVID-19 tests. The university will provide you with a tuition fee discount for up to £1,750.
- TEACHING MODE:
- Blended learning.
- OPEN DAYS:
- On-campus open days on 6th Nov & 4th Dec.
- TEACHING NOTES:
- For the academic year starting 2021, the university is planning for all students to be taught through mainly face-to-face teaching, with some online learning also.
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The University is multicultural and generally friendly to BAME. There is a huge range of things to do and the location is great, as Portsmouth is not too big nor too small of a city. London is close; thus all the airports for travelling.
Living at this accommodation has been a great experience. I stayed for exactly three years and have nothing but good things to say. Location wise, it is probably the most suitable for students as it is near to almost everything! Lovely and very helpful staff, who are willing to accommodate your needs whenever. Spacious common areas such as study and social places where you can interact with neighbours and make friends for life - as it is my case! Overall, in my experience, this has been the best accommodation choice by far. Had I lived elsewhere, my university years wouldn't have been the same! - Gabriela Perez I.
I enjoyed my time at the university, my lecturers were great and I had a fantastic learning experience. I really enjoyed the social experience and the integrated campus with the city. Portsmouth is a great location to study. Overall, the management/administration of the university needs a complete upheaval as it it slow, bureaucratic and oftentimes I felt more like a customer/stakeholder than a student which would sometimes affect my experience, particularly during stressful periods. The student union does not involve itself with the student body as well as it could be compared to other universities. I do commend the university for taking the steps to ensure I graduated properly with a ceremony this year.
The University of Portsmouth was great for the course that I was studying however the main issue I faced across the board was it was slow or there was a lack of availability. This mainly came down just to the lack there of or access to support services per student. From lack of equipment, personnel or space, It always felt awkward and alienating, like you had to compete with people at every turn. Societies weren't the best of experiences unless you were into the whole drinking or party student life. Its hard to make friends or even focus on studies whilst battling many of the issues students face. I found myself often having to skip lectures just so I could afford to eat by working. The problem is the support for those disadvantaged is so lacking, wether struggling with personal circumstances, financially or mental health. It often felt as though you were abandoned, expected to fail with no real desire for students to achieve. In that sense equality was universally poor.
Portsmouth university is a great uni, and I liked it especially for the city and diversity. My course is great, and all my tutors are very helpful. The uni has lots of societies and clubs to join, lots of support services for students some of which I used myself and found very helpful, and I have made some great friends and enjoyed my course over the years.
The university of Portsmouth is a great uni. Throughout the past year during this covid situation, they have always kept us to date and they have always fought against the government to get what us students want. Although we have had to learn online for a while which had been difficult, the university has made studying very easy for us with recordings of all lectures and all seminars, with workshops most weeks to engage our learning. It is an amazing university, during my first year when covid wasn’t around, I was in big lecture rooms every week which were phenomenal. Not only that but I got to use very high tech and expensive equipment every single week in my laboratories. Although covid came about midway through the year, the university coped with this and out us students first, unlike the government. For me, there has always been enough help and guidance throughout this unprecedented time to complete our assessments to a very high level.
It's hard to give a real review as I've only been a student during covid which obviously hinders the experience. I've not really heard anything from the student Union since starting uni so I would say it's something you'd have to reach out and look for if you want to know more. The sports clubs are infinitely run by students and the already captains from the previous year picks the teams meaning friends are picked over ability which is very evident especially in football.
Pre-covid review (was part way through second year when covid struck): Great Uni-only issue is with pricing in the "cafe" in the SciHub building (Dennis Sciama building) which is quite expensive: the big bag of sweets which are usually £1-£1.25 are £1.85
I love my University! The people that are here are a bunch of great people that inspire me to work harder! But it would be a bit better if there is more information provided to students before or during your attendance. Then it would be much easier to join activities like in the student union or to know the fact that it exists.
I have had an excellent experience at the university thus far, even during the difficult times I have experienced due to the current unprecedented circumstances. The staff all possess years of real world experience in their relevant industries and a wealth of contact who regularly provide guest lectures and insight into their craft. The facilities are exceptional and the opportunities available rival the best in the country.
Worst place to live in your uni life. Unresonable and always delaying rebates and demanding rent payments immediately. Was told rebate will be in by November then dec then after that saying will be deducted in next rental. Business making company with no sympathy to students. Does not care about students well being at all. Terrible management. Always pushing the blame to another management member. Crown place will ruin your university life.
Portsmouth is ok, it’s a bit shady as a city and the university is average. But you get what you pay for. The library staff can be your best aaset use it. Don’t expect too much from the course it’s all about what you put in. It’s not an expensive city. Isle of Wight and Chichester are stunning and on the doorstep. Also very good sailing locally if you love that you are in the right place. Saddest is no union bar. You can get to London in under 2 hours though so.... The sea is the main attraction!
Great Experience over my past four years academically and in all aspects, wish there was a little more support for private housing issues from the University as many students are suffering like myself this past academic year of 2019-2020!
The university offers a great student experience; from over 200 groups and societies, there'll be something that interests you. The facilities are good and you can always get a laptop from the university library if you don't have one. Most of the buildings are centrally located which means commute times are kept to a minimum - an excellent quality. The student's union is very active and new members are elected every year. There's even a store where you can buy merchandise like hoodies and mugs. Meanwhile, careers and employability is great. It is very easy to book an appointment with them about a CV, work placements or study abroad (or anything else). The university job board is a place where students can look for vacancies for part-time, graduate and internship placements.
The uni was brilliant in my first year with so much available support and so many resources however they shut the student union bar in my second year and we didn’t really hear much from the union after that so it seemed a bit pointless. Plus we for some reason voted to leave NUS but the uni itself is good
I had the most amazing time here! From the teaching to the people I met it was great. A brilliant and compact city that was pretty economical to live in as a student which was great. Lots of great places to eat and drink and the quality of the student houses I found really decent.
Im currently a second year student going into my year abroad at the University of Portsmouth, I could not be happier with the location of the uni. I could not thank my personal tutor enough for what she has done to help me, especially regarding changes I’ve had to make to my uni degree due to Covid-19.
I went to the University of Portsmouth for 3 years. It was the best experience I have ever had. From the campus, having so many facilities and opportunities to the societies which take you above and beyond new skills.
If you wanna pursue you Master’s or Doctorate, UOP is the one of the best university in the United Kingdom. Teaching staff and the technical support is really helpful and amazing. All the university buildings have an awesome facilities.
While I was studying there for 3 years I had to come to terms that because I’m from Slav country, I will always be not welcomed and mistreated by the students and staff. The teachers were biased and the students horrible.
My experience at Portsmouth was pleasant. The university has supported students by ensuring the latest technology is available to utilise and the employment services the university offers is exactly what you need to prepare yourself for the working world.
This city based university is easy to get around, includes well kept lecture halls and seminar rooms, enthusiastic lecturers and a support system to help those who find the transition to university difficult. My advice is to make the most of any opportunity that comes your way.
Although most of the facilities are ok, the staff do not care about their students wellbeing. Nights out are fun but there are no safety precautions to protect the vulnerable. Student wellbeing is a great service but not widely acknowledged. The Careers service are ok, but not great at helping. To be honest I would not recommend
Best University Best Faculty Very Friendly and Helpful Environment One of the finest city with lots of place to do shopping and have fun. It’s near to London so it’s really good for all the students to visit London anytime.
The campus is very spread out which means you might be late to some of your classes if you don’t leave early. There are a lot of societies but mainly sport societies which you have to pay for on an annual basis. I wish there were more unconventional/niche societies. The staff is very supportive however and the careers department can be used up to 5 years after you leave.
Worst experience of my life. The lecturers don’t care about you. It’s so expensive way too expensive for a student and it definitely wasn’t the university to go to. No matter what you’re going through they don’t care about you they don’t give you any kind of support with essays and when I decided to leave because of mental health they weren’t like let me see how we can help they simply said okay whatever. And then made it extremely hard for another university to accept me by giving them false information about my grades. Don’t go here
Portsmouth University has brilliant facilities and the lecturers are excellent at explaining all details. There is a lot of support for students that are both high and low achievers. The standout department is the careers service, who are absolutely outstanding and go above and beyond to ensure that students who are seeking graduate roles are supported on their career journey. The societies are not bad - as a student living at home they were a good way to meet friends. There was not much social support for students living at home and thus it was quite hard at times to feel involved in the social aspect of University life.
Perfect balance between city and campus living. Tutors are amazing and supportive, easy to get hold of. Huge range of clubs and societies. The vice-chancellor has some weird views (eg budget cuts but gets a pay rise??) but the staff does the best they can in the situation. Portsmouth is a great city too.
Upon moving to Portsmouth I became extremely homesick, but this soon dissipated as I got into swing of the wonderful university life at Portsmouth! There are numerous factors I love about the university, including but not limited to the constant access to library and therefore course materials, the way the campus is embedded in the city and I’ve encountered lecturers who care more about mental health and grades which appears very rare!
For my course especially the teaching is not what I’d expect from a university level institution. No structure to the course at all and lecturers don’t know how to answer questions students bring up when they should know. Good campus and facilities however the teaching brings the university down. I’ve seen personally first hand international students leave the country entirely and restart at different universities back in their home country because the teaching ethic is appalling
Facilities are great. You get all kinds of great support, if you ask for it! Portsmouth is very easy to navigate. There are lots of opportunities to improve your employability and other skills. Events are great. Student voice matters to UoP. Student engagement could be better. Halls of residence are great. Many opportunities if only you take them! Great experience so far, in my 2nd year.
Everyone was helpful and I had no problem with it. We always had someone to talk to when we needed to. The lecturers felt like they were there in order to support you and work with you not against you, if you chose so to look for help.
Good uni. Lots to do. Cheap city (if you go to the right places). Most socities are really good but you have to really get involved. I would recommend looking into them before uni starts, allowing time to save for training or trips if you need to. Really really look into housing and look at reviews for them before picking your housing. You honestly get what you pay for. If you really wanna know what uni life is like, follow the student instagram page for portsmout @Spottedpompey or @pompfessions Gives you a good idea what porstmout is like, social side. Education wise, its pretty good. Lecturers are pretty awesome.
I love portsmouth uni even though it's a city uni you can literally walk everywhere, no need to fork out for public transport. The uni is good although we recently lost the bar in our students union so it's not used that much.
Wasn’t the best when I joined but has improved drastically over the past 18 months. The lecturers actually care about students and getting good grades. Rugby is very impactful in my everyday life as it is the highest ranked team that is not funded by the university.
The university is really amazing and supports you not only with coursework, but also career-wise and health-wise. I had an amazing time at Portsmouth. The only minus is the Student Union, which takes weeks to respond to any emails and has closed down the only university bar.
Was a last minute decision to come to Portsmouth uni, but it was the best decision I could’ve made! Everything is in walking distance, and the business school is amazing! Even though the place is rather big you build a close relationship with people as you tend to bump into them on nights out - Purple Wednesday’s FTW! The only downside is that the SU bar has shut this year :( but tbh there’s pubs, bars and clubs on your doorstep so there’s no problem really. Also Rosalind Franklin (James Watson) is probably the most social accommodations, I love it!
I love Portsmouth University, the campus is based around the city but buildings aren’t too far away, the university buses are really good at getting you around the city. The library is a fantastic facility, the lecturers are all extremely nice as well as other staff such as study support. It is ultimately a really friendly & nice place to study.
Studied my Undergrads here and loved it! Great lectures and amazing place to live for 3 years! Would honestly recommend it to anyone who's serious about their studies in a progressive university such as Portsmouth
Everything in this university is well organized. They are committed to help their students in all possible ways and help them with all sorts of problems they are facing. They have a really good career and employment support team to help the students to get their placement or job they always wanted.
I started suffering with my mental health and was unable to attend uni for 6 weeks. My lecturers were fully aware of the situation even to what medication I was on and how much I was taking. I got to the end of the course with very little support from the uni, and said that I was unable to pass. 3 years later I am now taking the course again at Hull and it's amazing. Portsmouth certainly shook my confidence, and worsened my mental health.
Really good lectures and an amazing campus. The social life and night life is incredible. WiFi was awful in halls but around campus is decent. The library is amazing and computers work perfectly. People are nice and good atmosphere. Careers services are not as good as I'd expect and I got asked to leave when accidentally going to careers advice in the wrong faculty
I absolutely love it here. I’ve been able to study a really up to date and specified course and have found a society that allows me to thrive within my other interests. Living and going out is really reasonable compared to other places. Also being by the sea is a massive bonus.
I had the best time at the University of Portsmouth! The School of Civil Engineering and Surveying was a great place to start my journey into Civil Engineering! The staff really care about the students and are willing to help them all to achieve the best possible results! The careers service (SPEC) is next to none and provide us with all the information and expertise needed to apply for placements and role post University. All the lecturers are knowledgeable in their area and have worked in industry, giving the lectures more of a realistic feel!
I wouldn’t recommend this at all. The uni doesn’t care abouts it’s students. While I was at uni I was suffering really bad with mental health and didn’t attend one lecture because of it. The lecturers are aware of attendance levels but not once did they attempt to contact me to see if I was okay. Also the student facilities are awful. I was in a flat that had extreme damp meaning I was ill all the time. Do not go here it will ruin your mental health if you do.
The university is great overall. The course is tailored for the my future with feedback from industry panels. So many societies and clubs, obviously some are better than others. Free wifi across campus thats not slow. Career event atleast once a month. Student union does a lot and its quite major if you get involved with it.
This university is very focused on how many students they want to take and not how to improve the quality of teaching for those students. I really enjoyed my time there but I think that they need to look at what their main focus is and should be
The university itself is pretty good, I cant really fault it apart from the lack of things to do during the evenings other than clubbing - but most people like that I think I am just boring as I would prefer more pubs near by xD
What I really like about Portsmouth University is the fact though it’s a huge campus, you feel like you’re at home. Everybody is friendly, it’s easy to get from one point to another with the uni bus. Clubs are overall safe which makes you love the city even more.
The university of Portsmouth is a fantastic University for studying within the creative industries. It has excellent facilities, experienced, industry minded staff members and a continually updating curriculum. The Creative careers and employability services are fantastic for finding part time work, graduate positions and work placements. A very active student union with a broad array of societies help in making connections with like minded students.
The campus is close together, leading everywhere to be within walking distance — even university halls, which is a great help. The clubs and societies I have attempted to join aren’t great — I was ignored as a new member as I was quiet, which led to me not returning. The union is fantastic, and their bar and support services are brilliant. I haven’t focused on the Careers Service too much, but the connections I made with the Well-being Centre were not strong and ultimately disappointing. The WiFi is just fine.
Not an experience I wish I went through to be completely honest. Left without a qualification in the end, after ALL that. Got boring in the end with many having an obsession regarding lone mothers. And a constant focus and attack on lone mothers. Very strange as we were not taking a line patent course
I like my university - it has many facilities,which are built just for anything you need.there are also many clubs and societies,some of which have a tax to be paid in order to enter a specific society.The Wifi also stops sometimes,but for a short time.
My daughter attended this university very disappointed with the support she received. They literally were not interested in any problems she had. She decided to transfer after the first year and they constantly gave her incorrect information. The accommodation was awful her room was full of damp, her shower leaked and you could smell weed everywhere. She wanted to transfer because she was dreadfully homesick and her tutors didn't care. The lectures were awful and compared to her college lecturers they fell short and lacked knowledge. She was told to withdraw after her exam in May but then they said she withdrew early so couldn't receive credits for her hard work. She was given no guidance on essays or her exam. When she required a reference her tutor could not remember her even though she had taught her on many occasions. I would never recommend this university do not be fooled by the open days as they give no academic or emotional support. On the plus she met some amazing friends.
The facilities are fine, the wifi is good but that's pretty much all that is in Portsmouth! No one cares about the students - they are walking money for the university. Everything is very chaotic, there is no communication between departments. The BA courses are kind of alright, although you find tutors who have been out of the industry for 30 years and who teach you about it or who don't have an idea how to work with a certain equipment and you end up studying everything from youtube tutorials and books you buy, because in the library it is all taken or does not exist. The library is extremely small and always packed, same for any other building. It is a competition to find a space to sit and a plug with electricity is another level of hardness. The courses are with the same structures for years, no new things added ever. My advice is to NOT GO to study a Master's degree there in any case! Worst experience ever!!!
Portsmouth is a very small city. The halls I stayed in were run down and cramped. The uni is also spaced out over the city so we were constantly moving from building to building for each class. The nightlife was good however there is very limited places to go to. Overall I wouldn’t recommend Portsmouth as anyone’s first choice as there is so many better equipped places to study.
Was impressed with the open day so decided to commit to Portsmouth , while most people at uni seemed to have a great time- I didn’t. I’d say it was the worse year of my life Don't get me wrong; I did have some good times and meet some good people too, but overall it wasn’t a good experience and nowhere near as good as it makes itself out to be
Would I say Portsmouth is the best university? It's great, for the most part. The lessons and tutors are great and very helpful. The university itself? Not so much. If you have a problem, they don't help you at all really. Me and a friend had a problem with our timetables which they ignored all year. So not the best at getting help for things like that.
The University does not have enough accommodation for the amount of students they have, I and many others didn't get into halls for our first year and it really separates you from the University community. The clubs and bars in Portsmouth are below average speaking as someone who comes from Brighton and the Library is so packed that you're unable to study there and the University doesn't supply much study space for when exam season comes around. Would not recommend
There is no better place to spend your university years. Sitting down on Southsea Common or the beach with a barbecue is severely missed. I left Pompey Uni over 3 years ago, but driving past that Spinnaker on the M325 still feels like I'm going home again.
Had an amazing 3 years at Portsmouth university. The student halls were very basic but mostly in a great location, next to the shops and nightlife and had friendly community to it was easy to make new friends with flat mates and neighbours. In the Summer it was great to be able to live near the sea, everyone heads down to the beach to have bbqs or play football. Lecturers all very helpful, course fairly interesting.
So much support from lecturers and other departments (purple door/placement office). Accommodation is the only problem, halls are very expensive especially for students (the loan doesn't cover the cost) and lots of the private accommodation is practically inhabitable. I would suggest looking sooner rather than later if you want a decent house for an okay price.
On paper the University of Portsmouth looks and sounds great. However, you do feel very lost when you start off there. Along with communication being a BIG issue. I wouldn't recommend this uni as most people I know there either are unhappy or have dropped out or considering.
All in all a great university, very vibrant and diverse with lots of opportunities, the only negative it that the library is not big enough for this very popular university so it's a pain in the arse to find any where to sit!
Only a 1st Year brilliant uni. If you do work on the cloud expect it to cut out midnight for a couple of minutes. Lift in James Watson intermittently works now which is a bummer. But as a whole love everything else.
Love my course and the buildings, the societies only bother with you for the first week then lose interest same as the union, really lovely people though, everyone is friendly and the lectures etc are all so well paced. Love it here.
A great university, widely regarded as one of the most fun places you can be educated. Not only is it fun but it's a great city to live in for three year, with such a dense population there is a real sense of community amongst the locals, student and everyone together.
Friendly, laid back, full of resources and enthusiastic lecturers, awesome nightlife, beach and leisure facilities, free bus that runs very regularly, optional seminars so you can further your learning, great library full of journals, books, maps and archives. Overall just awesome, love it!