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University of Portsmouth Reputation
The University of Portsmouth is located in Hampshire in the south of England. Portsmouth is one of only four universities in the south-east that has been recognised with the highest Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 24,395 students are currently enrolled at The University of Portsmouth, which has a reputation for delivering innovative and internationally excellent research. The university is closely involved with the local community and heavily invested in maximising student’s potential.
University of Portsmouth Open Days
The University of Portsmouth offers a variety of Open Days and events including undergraduate Open Days, postgraduate Information Evenings, self-guided tours, and Applicant Experience Days. Open Days and events at Portsmouth give you the chance to look around campus and halls of residence, attend talks, meet course leaders, chat to current students and learn more about student life.
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97.5% of 2017 Portsmouth graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their degree. (DLHE Survey 2016) Portsmouth is Top 20 in the UK for graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) and ranked No.1 in the UK by The Economist for boosting graduate employability. The university offers extensive work-related learning opportunities to encourage knowledgeable, independent and responsible graduates who are equipped with the relevant skills and experience to succeed in their careers. The University of Portsmouth also has excellent links with employers and facilitates a range of work experience and volunteering opportunities.
Facilities and Campuses:
The University of Portsmouth’s teaching and learning facilities are conveniently located in the city centre. Over the next 10 to 15 years the university has planned to invest over £400 million in its campus and facilities to promote student experience, enable growth in research and aid collaborative learning. Some of the university’s current teaching and learning spaces include; a Future Technology Centre for engineering and science students, a Forensic Innovation Centre (FIC) - the UK’s first university-based operational police forensic facility, a mock law court, a Dental Pre-Clinical Skills Laboratory, an Eye Clinic, Motion Capture Studio and Centre for Simulation in Health and Care equipped with a GP surgery, hospital training wards and ambulance.
What is Portsmouth Like?
Portsmouth is a student-friendly city with a beautiful waterside location which means students can enjoy a variety of watersports in their free time. There is no shortage of shops and restaurants for students to explore at Gunwharf Quays shopping outlet as well as a range of independent boutiques and cafes along Old Portsmouth’s cobbled streets. Portsmouth also offers a great student nightlife with plenty of bars, music venues, clubs and pubs on offer. The town hosts some exciting arts, music and heritage festivals throughout the year and sports fans can enjoy events such as The Great South Run and discount tickets to watch Portsmouth FC games at Fratton Park.
The University of Portsmouth has a reputation for sustained, high levels of student satisfaction relating to teaching, support, management, resources and personal development. The Student’s Union is committed to supporting and making a positive impact on every Portsmouth student. Students can enjoy a wide variety of events including fayres, film showings, club nights, BBQs, sports matches and activity days. The Student’s Union also facilitates over 150 student-led societies, a range of sports clubs, volunteering projects and skills training opportunities.
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Our engineering department is highly reguarded, so we are definitely worth considering.
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Yes, its a great decision. Our engineering department is highly reguarded.
Have a look through our website and see if we are a right fit for you.
Hello! Thanks for your question. The catered accommodation here is very good, we have two catered accommodations here at Portsmouth. Burrell house and Rees Halls. Rees Halls is our most popular as it is located on the seafront, if you're lucky you could be allocated a room that looks onto Portsmouth Common and the seafront.
Within our catered accommodation you get 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner), and I believe it works out as tokens. So say one day you were going out for dinner, you could save your token and either have another meal one evening or use it for a friend staying over. There is quite a variation of food available, something for everyone! In the halls there are also small kitchens, with a microwave and lockable cupboards - this is for lunch items and snacks.
It really depends on what you are looking for, some people love catered halls as its easier and sometimes works out cheaper. Others prefer to cook for themselves.
I hope this has helped.
Alex - UoP Rep :)
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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!