University of Portsmouth, England


The University of Portsmouth is a new breed of university.

It is 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.

The University is always discovering. Through the work it does, it engages with its community and world beyond its hometown. The University doesn’t fit the mould, it breaks the mould.

The University educates and transforms the lives of its students and the people around it. It recruits students for their promise and potential and for where they want to go.

The University stands 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 does the University. The University is closely involved with its local community and it takes its ideas out into the global marketplace. It partners with business, industry and government to help improve, navigate and set the course for a better future.

Since the first day the University opened its doors, its story has been about looking forward. The University is interested in the future, and here to help you shape it.

The University of Portsmouth’s rankings

Boosting graduate salaries

The University of Portsmouth is the number one university in the UK for boosting graduate salaries, according to The Economist.

Top 25 university

The University of Portsmouth is in the Top 25 position in the The Guardian University Guide 2019 – the fifth straight year it has climbed the rankings.

Teaching quality and student experience

The University is a top 30 UK university for teaching quality and student experience, according to The Times Good University Guide 2019.

51st in Complete University Guide 2019

The University is 51st in the 2019 Complete University Guide, rising five places from 2018.

51st in Times University Guide 2019

The University is 51st in the Times University Guide 2019, rising two places from 2018.

Teaching and internationalisation

QS World University Rankings gave the University of Portsmouth five stars for excellence in teaching and internationalisation.

Student satisfaction

The 2018 National Student Survey (NSS) puts the University of Portsmouth in the top 15% of UK universities for student satisfaction, with a score of 88%.

Career services

Student Crowd 2017 puts the University of Portsmouth in the top 20 Best Universities for Career Services.

Graduates in work or further study

97.5% of its graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2017.

How the University of Portsmouth benefits the local economy

The University employs 2,550 full-time staff, making it Portsmouth’s fourth largest employer, after the Royal Navy, Portsmouth NHS Trust and the City Council.

In 2015/16:

This is what the University of Portsmouth did for the local economy

  • Generated £624 million in the Solent region and £476 million in Portsmouth, adding more than £1.1 billion to the UK economy
  • Supported 9,300 jobs in the Solent region and 7,900 jobs in Portsmouth
  • Made a significant contribution to the local visitor economy, adding an estimated £5.5 million value to the economy and supporting more than 230 jobs
  • Invested £10 million in the local economy, supporting more than 170 jobs
  • The University’s Open Days alone generated £1.5 million for the city

This is what the University’s students added through spending, part-time and volunteering

  • £209.5 million and supported 4,733 jobs in the Solent region
  • £180.6 million and supported 4,270 jobs in Portsmouth

This is what the University’s overseas students and their friends and family added

  • Around £64 million in local businesses, supporting almost 600 jobs in the local area

Benefits to the UK economy

Here are the highlights from 2015/16* of how the University made a financial contribution to the UK:

  • Its graduates added £420 million in value to the UK economy as a result of the skills they learnt while studying at the University of Portsmouth
  • The University generated £46.9 million in added value for the UK economy
  • The University’s spending on goods and services supported 797 jobs across the UK
  • The University paid 4,129 members of staff a total of £148.1 million – their spending added £118.4 million in value to the UK economy and supported 2,095 jobs
  • Through capital investment, the University added £27 million in value and supported 378 jobs in the UK economy
  • The University added £2.7 million in value to the UK economy through its various Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), which translates its student and staff knowledge and research into benefits for industry

*All statistics taken from BiGGAR Economics’ University of Portsmouth report, July 2017

Source: University of Portsmouth’s website


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