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Chancellor’s Dinner – Guests announced

CHANCELLOR-dinner-webDate: Friday 9 February 2018
Time: 7.00pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Portsmouth Guildhall

Are you a current student or member of staff who is an alumnus of the University? It’s that time of year again where you’re invited to dust off your evening gown or tux and book your tickets for the annual Chancellor’s Dinner in February; a big event on the University calendar. The black tie event will take place at the iconic Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday 9 February 2018 from 7.00pm.

It promises to be a fantastic evening hosted by new University Chancellor Karen Blackett OBE who will be joined by special guests former rowing World Champion and double Olympic Gold Medallist James Cracknell OBE, and four-time Olympian and Vice-President of UK Athletics Donna Fraser.

With the evening themed around fearlessness and resilience, Karen has invited James and Donna to join her on stage to explore their professional and personal experiences as both guests have exceptional stories to tell including the multiple World Championship medals achieved, and a near fatal accident that left James in recovery for six months.

Karen herself is a highly successful and respected alumna of the University of Portsmouth after graduating in 1992 with a degree in Geography. Currently Chairwoman of MediaCom, a testament to her 23 years media experience and CEO of five years, Karen is at the top of her game as a proven business leader in creating vibrant cultures, energising teams and consistently delivering business growth and success. Topping the Power List in 2015, Karen was also appointed as one of four external advisors to help diversify the Civil Service, and as a Department for International Trade Business Ambassador for No. 10.

The evening will begin with a drinks and canapé reception, followed by a two course meal with wine and coffee. Guests can have their photograph taken with friends in the photo booth before making their way to the Grand Main Hall for dinner. After the meal, Karen will host an intimate interview on stage with her guests. You’re invited to purchase a ticket for one guest who is not an alumnus or student of the University of Portsmouth.


Student tickets – £25 each
Alumni/guest tickets – £45 each

Book tickets


Should you need to arrange accommodation for yourself or your guest, there are plenty of places to stay in Portsmouth and we have managed to secure a 15% discount at the IBIS for the night of the Chancellor’s Dinner, a two minute walk from the Guildhall. To receive your discount code, select this option when booking your tickets.

Places to visit

We have partnered with the Spinnaker Tower to offer Chancellor’s Dinner guests 20% discount on admission on Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February 2018. We will be sending a discount voucher with your printed ticket.

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  1. Hi there,

    How much are staff tickets for this event please?

    Thank you,


    • Hi Ruth

      The event is open to current students or staff who are alumni of the University and not staff in general. If you have any further queries, please email

      Internal communications team

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