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PBS Faculty changes its name

Richmond portrait 3From tomorrow (1 August), Portsmouth Business School (PBS) will be called the Faculty of Business and Law, which will comprise PBS and Portsmouth Law School.

Following consultation within PBS and discussion at the Faculty Executive Committee, the name change to Faculty of Business and Law was proposed to reflect, recognise and sustain the University’s strength in law education. The name change will improve the Portsmouth Law School’s profile and visibility, increasing the University’s attractiveness to students and academic staff in law. Many Higher Education Institutions in the UK have a Faculty of Business and Law.

The change of Faculty name also represents the current composition of the Faculty. The Law School was established in August 2008, and since then it has grown significantly in numbers and reputation. Academic staff numbers have more than doubled, from 16 to 34. International student income has increased four-fold since 2008, and student recruitment is strong with overall student numbers increasing this academic year to 740. In its short life, the Law School has achieved excellent league table positions, currently 41 out of 98 in the Complete University Guide, 35 out of 100 in the Times University Guide and 55 out of 96 in the Guardian University Guide.

The University Executive Board agreed the proposed change of Faculty name at its April meeting. Academic Council and the Board of Governors subsequently supported this proposal. Faculty resources, publicity materials and signage will be implemented at the same time as the University’s new visual identity.

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