The history of the university dates back to 1908, when the Park building opened as a Municipal college and public library. It was previously known as Portsmouth Polytechnic until 1992, when it was granted university status through the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. It is ranked among the Top 100 universities under 50 in the world.
We’re proud to be a breath of fresh air in the academic world – a place where everyone gets the support they need to achieve their best.
We’re always discovering. Through the work we do, we engage with our community and world beyond our hometown. We don’t fit the mould, we break it.
We educate and transform the lives of our students and the people around us. We recruit students for their promise and potential and for where they want to go.
We stand out, not just in the UK but in the world, in innovation and research, with excellence in areas from cosmology and forensics to cyber security, epigenetics and brain tumour research.
Just as the world keeps moving, so do we. We’re closely involved with our local community and we take our ideas out into the global marketplace. We partner with business, industry and government to help improve, navigate and set the course for a better future.
Since the first day we opened our doors, our story has been about looking forward. We’re interested in the future, and here to help you shape it.
The University of Portsmouth was again ranked in the top 400 universities in the world in the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings published in 2013. The independent rankings place Portsmouth in the top two per cent of universities worldwide and among the best in Europe.
We have a strong teaching record, receiving the highest possible rating in the most recent Quality Assurance Agency audit.
Portsmouth rates highly in the National Student Survey with an overall satisfaction rating of 88% placing it in the top 30% of mainstream English universities for overall satisfaction and joint top of the post-92 universities.
Over 600 radiographers, paramedics, medical technologists, pharmacists, clinicians and social workers graduate from the University each year.
The University has four Kauffman scholars (entrepreneurial internships in the USA) – more than any other British university.
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