University of Portsmouth
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|University of Portsmouth|
|Motto||Lucem Sequamur (Latin)
Let us follow the Light
|Established||1869 - Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and the Arts
1992 - gained University status
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor John Craven|
|Other students||223 FE|
|Location||Portsmouth, England, UK|
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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 its syllabus and teaching in order to attract new students.
In the expansion of British Higher Education in the 1960s, the college was renamed Portsmouth Polytechnic and given the power to award degrees accredited and validated by the CNAA. The expansion of the polytechnic continued and in the late 1980s, it was one of the largest polytechnics in the UK.
In 1992, Portsmouth and other polytechnics were granted university status with power to validate their own degrees under the provision of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. The formal inauguration of the University of Portsmouth was celebrated at a ceremony in the Portsmouth Guildhall on 7 July 1992.
Langstone Campus 
Langstone is the smaller of the two campuses, located in Milton on the eastern edge of Portsea Island. The campus overlooks Langstone Harbour and it is home to the university's sports grounds. It also houses a restaurant for the students onsite, as well as a 'student village' feel, which provides accommodation for 565 students in three halls of residence; Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother (QEQM), Trust Hall and Langstone Flats. Rooms in QEQM and Langstone Flats are en-suite.
Langstone Campus used to be home of the University's School of Languages and Area Studies, which has since moved into Park Building in the University Quarter.
University Quarter 
The University Quarter is a collection of university buildings located around the centre of the city. This area contains most 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. Although originally due to open in October 2006, it was not complete until January 2007, when it was opened by the crime writer P. D. James. The University has also recently invested in the Faculty of Science, in particular by renovating the aluminium-clad main building, St Michael's, adjacent to James Watson Hall, named after the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA.
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.
Military Technical College of Oman 
On 7 June 2013, the University of Portsmouth announced it's partnership with the Military Technical College of Oman. This involves Portsmouth University providing academic guidance for the training of 4,200 military engineers . This has been criticised by the student Amnesty International Society and by Campaign Against the Arms Trade who consider Oman an authoritarian regime, likely to use military capabilities on their own citizens or in regional conflicts.
Organisation and structure 
Portsmouth Business School 
- Accounting and Financial Management - Economics and Finance - Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management - Marketing and Sales - Operations and Systems Management - Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation - School of Law Co-founding partner of the pioneering Cathedral Innovation Centre and movement
Faculty of Engineering & Technology 
- School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
- School of Computing
- Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
- School of Engineering
- Department of Mathematics
Faculty of Science 
- School of Biological Sciences
- School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Department of Geography
- Dental Academy
- School of Health Sciences and Social Work
- School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Sport and Exercise Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 
- Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
- School of Education and Continuing Studies
- School of Languages and Area Studies
- School of Social, Historical, and Literary Studies
- Foundation Direct (CETL)
Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries 
- Portsmouth School of Architecture
- School of Art, Design, and Media
- School of Creative Arts, Film, and Media
- School of Creative Technologies
- Institute of Industrial Research
Academic profile 
Alternative medicine courses 
The university validates a professional doctorate programme in chiropractic for the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, a private college. The university formerly validated BSc (Hons) degrees in acupuncture and MSc courses in traditional Chinese medicine that were carried out by the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a private education provider that collapsed in early 2011.
Reputation and rankings 
Portsmouth has been rated as among the top 400 universities in the world and the top modern university in the United Kingdom in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and as the fifth best modern university in the UK by The Times Good University Guide and 60th overall.
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|The Daily Telegraph||56||60|
Student life 
Students' Union 
The Students' Union provides a wide range of services and learner support to students of the University. The Union is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. It exists as a students’ union within the definitions of the Education Act 1994. In June 2010, the University of Portsmouth Students' Union was the first students' union in England and Wales to register as a full charity in order to comply with legislation introduced in 2006.
The earliest record of the Union is in the September 1911 edition of ‘The Galleon’ student magazine. From 1965, the Union was based in ‘Union House’ - now St. Paul's Gym - on St. Pauls Road. In 1983, it moved to the ex-NAAFI building, Alexandra House, where it remained for 19 years. Since 2002, the union has been situated at the north end of Ravelin Park. The current Union building was voted best Union in the UK in the New Musical Express in 2004. It houses a student activities centre, a social learning space, a bar, a radio station  and a computer help store. It is also connected to a Co-Op and Blackwells bookshop. The Union previously housed two nightclubs, Lux and Co2, but these were closed and redeveloped for other uses in 2009.
The Students' Union offers a range of sports clubs from traditional team games like football, rugby union, netball and cricket to Octopush, a form of underwater hockey and lacrosse. The University is also home to the longest-running university paintball club in the UK. Every year, the sailing club enters a team the for the annual Cowes Week regatta on the Isle of Wight. There is also a range of extreme sports available, including wakeboarding, surfing, climbing, skiing and snowboarding.
As well as sporting activities, the union offers social groups, such as the award winning Amnesty Student Group, Juggling, Afro-Caribbean, LGBT, Pagan and Spiritual,(registration required) Christian Union and Geography societies. There are also course-oriented societies such as the Politics Society, Brightsparks Enterprise Society (affiliated with the Portsmouth Centre of Enterprise), the Property Development Society (based in the School of Civil Engineering & Surveying), and the Student Law Society. 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 Students' Union runs a number of volunteering projects, such as HEFCE's Volunteering Team of the Year. In 2010, the Union was awarded a £15,000 grant to work with elderly residents in the city.
University officers 
Former Chancellors include Sheila Hancock CBE, who received an honorary degree from the University in 2005 in recognition of her services to drama  and Lord Palumbo of Walbrook, a property developer who was once Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain.
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 was previously a professor of economics at the University of Kent. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor is Rebecca Bunting and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor is Doctor David Arrell.
Notable alumni 
- Simon Armitage - Poet
- John Armitt CBE - Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority for the 2012 Olympics
- Ben Burrell - Radio Presenter
- David Chidgey, Baron Chidgey of Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire - Liberal Democrat politician
- Shirley Conran - Writer
- Ron Davies - Former Labour politician and former Secretary of State for Wales
- Kate Edmondson - Television presenter
- Malcolm Evans - Computer programmer
- Ben Fogle - Television presenter and travel writer
- Simon Hill - Sports commentator
- Frazer Irving - Comic book artist
- Riz Khan - Journalist and Al Jazeera English presenter
- Rachel Lowe - Game designer
- Diana Maddock, Baroness Maddock - Liberal Democrat politician
- Teymoor Nabili - Al Jazeera English Presenter
- Grayson Perry - Artist, winner of the 2003 Turner Prize
- Asha Tanna - Television Five News presenter
- Martin Whitmarsh - Team Principal of McLaren and Chief Executive of the McLaren Group
- Ehsan Masood - Science journalist and editor of Research Fortnight
- Timothy Peake - European Space Agency Astronaut
- John Akomfrah OBE - Film Director
- Adrian Carter - Architect, Head of the Jørn Utzon Centre in Denmark
- Graham Edmunds - Paralympic Swimmer
- Nick Kennedy - Rugby player
- Christian Williams - Capital FM Radio Presenter
- Kerry Williams - Voiceover artist
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- Regularly updated facts and figures on a wide range of University of Portsmouth details, including current student numbers is available here