News in brief

Haydn’s Nelson Mass features in University choirs concert
22 March

The University of Portsmouth Choirs will sing works by legendary Austrian classical composers Haydn and Mozart this Saturday, 23 March, at 7:30pm in Portsmouth’s St John’s Cathedral.

The programme will feature Haydn’s ‘Nelson’ Mass (Missa in Angustiis) and Mozart’s ‘Vespers’ (Vesperae solennes de confessore) with soprano soloist Rebecca Silverman and accompaniment from the Solent Symphony Orchestra.

Further information is available from Tickets are £12 regular, £10 concessions and £6 for young people under 16 years-old and are available on the night or in advance from the onlinestore

Changing the world through the arts
12 March

A free public lecture on how arts engagement and drama can enact real tangible change is taking place in the University’s Studio 1 Theatre on 22 March at 1pm.

The talk is by Professor Stephani Etheridge Woodson, who is the Director of the Design & Arts Corps at Arizona State University, which partners with communities to place designers, artists, scholars and educators in public life.

Professor Etheridge Woodson’s book Theatre for Youth Thirdspace: Performance, Democracy, and Cultural Development (Intellect/University of Chicago Press) was the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Book Award by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.

Critical Green Growth: Socially Inclusive Circular Economy and Beyond
11 March

The inaugural lecture by Diego Vasquez-Brust, Professor of Global Business Sustainability and Strategy, is taking place on Wednesday 27 March from 6pm in King Henry Building.

Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals will require simultaneous attainment of environmental protection, social inclusion and economic growth which will be challenging as these goals can be conflicting. Professor Vazquez-Brust will discuss his research into how sustainable Green Growth might be the way forward.

Admission is free, but please book a here.

Student entrepreneur launches TryHackMe to help fill the cyber skills gap
4 March

Student entrepreneur Ben Spring has developed an online platform called TryHackMe to run Capture the Flag events along with cyber security workshops, training and online courses.

Teams from over 14 universities have already signed up and Ben hopes to attract more students interested in careers in cyber security.

“I have created TryHackMe as a way to get others learning cyber security in an enjoyable and interactive way,” said Ben. “Having a platform to deploy deliberately vulnerable machines in the cloud with supporting tutorials and questions, allows individuals with different skill sets to learn at their own pace. We now have over 1,000 members registered and our platform is starting to be used within universities teaching Computer Science and Ethical Hacking. I hope that TryHackMe will be used by universities and companies around the world to attract and train more people for careers in cyber-security.”

Read more here.

Holocaust survivor to share her incredible story
27 February

Holocaust survivor Ruth Barnett will be giving a talk at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday 6 March.

In 1939, when Ruth was four years old, she left Germany for the UK as part of the Kindertransport program. Ruth will share her incredible story – and her use of the arts as a tool for community learning at a special event in the University’s White Swan Building at 2pm.

Her talk will be followed by a staged reading of excerpts from her play Justice on Trial performed by University students.

The event, is a collaboration between the University’s School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature and its School of Art, Design and Performance.

The event is free and no booking is necessary.

A Celebration of Women’s Action
20 February

As part of the University’s official International Women’s Day celebration, composer and performer Louise Jordan will be performing on Friday 8 March at 6pm.

Louise Jordan writes songs about real-life inspirational women from the past. Her project ‘No Petticoats Here’ toured 2016 -2018 sharing the stories of extraordinary women who lived during the First World War. Louise’s latest project ‘The Hard Way’ will tour throughout 2019 telling the remarkable story of Hannah Mitchell who grew up in poverty on a remote hilltop farm in the Derbyshire moorlands and who escaped domestic drudgery to become a campaigner, speaker, writer, suffragette, councillor and finally a Manchester city magistrate.

The performance, organised in collaboration with the Women and Gender Studies Research Group,  is free but places must be booked here.

‘World’s First Cyborg’ to present at University seminar
13 February

Professor Kevin Warwick is the guest speaker for the next Healthcare Technologies Seminar (“Neural Implants for Therapy and Enhancement”) on 27 February from 3 to 5pm in St Andrew’s Court (room 4.09).

As well as publishing over 500 research papers, Kevin’s experiments into implant technology led to him being featured as the cover story on the US magazine, ‘Wired’. His research has involved being a self-experimenter and he is frequently referred to as the world’s first cyborg.

Alongside Kevin, Professor Peter Kyberd, Head of the University’s School of Energy and Electronic Engineering, will also give a talk.

Read more here.

Inaugural lecture about the evolution of facial expression
04 February

The inaugural lecture by Bridget Waller, Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, is taking place on Wednesday 27 February from 6pm in the Portland Building.

Human facial expressions developed from a shared evolutionary history with many other animals.  In her inaugural lecture, Professor Waller will summarise her research combining studies of anatomy, behaviour and mind to help understand the meaning of our complex and subtle facial communication.

Admission is free, but please book a place here.

Romantic melody, infectious rhythms and beautiful clarinet
21 January

Portsmouth Chamber Music series continues on Monday 28 January with the Ensemble 360 at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

Ensemble 360 has gained an enviable reputation across the UK, not only for the quality and integrity of their playing, but also for their ability to communicate the music to a range of different audiences.

The concert has been organised by the Portsmouth Guildhall and Portsmouth Guildhall Hub in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets are available in person from the Guildhall, by calling 023 9387 0200, or you can buy them here.

Inaugural lecture about the analytical journey measuring contaminants in water around the globe
09 January

The inaugural lecture by Gary Fones, Professor of Environmental Aquatic Chemistry, is taking place on Wednesday 23 January from 6pm in the Portland Building.

The lecture will take you on an analytical journey around the globe. Professor Gary Fones will introduce a number of different monitoring approaches and analytical tools which he has used for the measurement of contaminants in both water and sediments.

Admission is free, but please book a place here.

Reaper Force: Inside Britain’s Drone Wars
10 December

Doctor Peter Lee, Director of the Security and Risk research theme, is hosting a lecture and book launch on Wednesday 12 December to celebrate the release of his new book.

The book, ‘Reaper Force: Inside Britain’s Drone Wars’ is an extraordinary book about the personal and professional lives of Reaper Operators who watch and kill from afar.

The event will include a talk from Dr Peter Lee as he shares his experience and research on the ethics of war and he will be available for any questions following the lecture.

The event will begin at 4pm and you can book your place here.

AOC Archaeology to present Ravelin Park findings
10 December

AOC Archaeology will present their findings from recent excavations in Ravelin Park on Wednesday 12 December at 6pm.

Two trenches were dug to record the site’s heritage, ahead of the building of the new £53m sports facility on the site, in the hopes to discover remains which could be compared to historic maps.

Dr Sian Antony and Les Capon from AOC Archaeology will present their findings followed by an opportunity for questions.

The event is open to everyone and you can book your ticket here.

University to host carol service
7 December

A carol service hosted by the University will be taking place on Monday 10th December at St. Thomas Anglican Cathedral in Old Portsmouth.

The service is open to all and will begin at 7pm and will be hosted by the University’s Chaplaincy.

To find out more details about the service, please email

Breaking new ground: Preparing Portsmouth Harbour for HMS Queen Elizabeth
26 November

A public lecture, led by Captain Iain Greenlees and his team, focusing on the preparation for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth, will take place next month at the University of Portsmouth.

Captain Iain Greenlees and his team will present the story of the scientific analysis and preparation for and delivery of the major capital dredge, which saw more than 3 million tonnes of seabed dredged in preparation for HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The team will also reveal some of the geological and archaeological artefacts they uncovered during the dredging the Royal Navy’s largest warship.

The event will take place next week on Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 6pm in Richmond Building and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Book your place here.

Alumni student shortlisted for award
20 November

A Journalism and Media Studies alumni student, Cat Fyson, has been shortlisted for Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Business Women Excellence Awards 2018.

Cat graduated from the University in 2011 and went into marketing before starting her own business, The Content Consultant, in September 2017 to help SMEs create content that inspires action.

Cat’s business offers three services: copywriting, expert blogging and strategic services including online marketing and professional consultation.

The awards will take place at the end of this month at The Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel and tickets are available here.

Unnatural Selection: Evolution at the Hand of Man
19 November

Katrina van Grouw, the author of The Unfeathered Bird and Unnatural Selection, will be giving a free talk this week on Darwin’s analogy between his controversial theory of evolution and selective breeding of domesticated animals.

She will explore why Darwin’s analogy was more than just an analogy for natural selection, as Katrina believes it is the perfect example of evolution in action.

In her new book, Unnatural Selection, which marks the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s popular work on domesticated animals, she explores Darwin’s analogy in more detail.

The talk, organised by the University’s School of Environmental and Earth Sciences as part of a seminar series run by the school, takes place on Thursday 22 November at 6pm in room 3.30 of the University’s Burnaby Building.

Book your place here.

So who is the performer? Going the full ‘Psycle’ in elite sport
14 November

Given the unforgiving nature of elite sport, it is no surprise that many individuals struggle with the psychological demands placed upon them.

Richard Thelwell, Professor of Applied Sports Psychology will give his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 21 November.

In this lecture, Professor Thelwell will share his experiences of having been involved in elite sport for over 20 years to summarise the influence that psychological research, practice and education has had, and continues to have, on performance and wellbeing for the athletes, coaches and support staff who are expected to work and perform within such pressurised, volatile and dynamic environments.

The lecture has been very popular and will now take place in Richmond LT1, 6 pm and a place can still be booked on Eventbrite

Inaugural lecture to discuss ‘The Science of Better Decision Making’
12 November

The inaugural lecture by Djamila Ouelhadj, Professor of Operational Research in the Department of Mathematics, will take place this Wednesday 14 November at 6 pm in the Portland Building.

In this lecture, entitled ‘Operational Research: The Science of Better Decision Making’, Professor Ouelhadj will take you through her exciting journey into research and innovation in OR modelling, which provide effective solutions to complex business challenges in the fields of logistics and transport, manufacturing, renewable energy and sustainability, and healthcare.

Professor Ouelhadj is a Senior Lecturer in Operational Research (OR) and a member of the Logistics, Operational Research and Analytics Research Group (LORA). She is also the Course Leader of MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

To book a place, please go to Eventbrite

Researching the Entrepreneurial University
19 October

The inaugural lecture by David Pickernell, Professor of Small Business and Enterprise Development, is taking place on Wednesday 24 October from 6pm in the Portland Building.

Since 2002 Professor Pickernell’s research has focused on different (and often contested) aspects of what has become termed the ‘Entrepreneurial’ university. Innovation and enterprise have increasingly become more important for universities but what is driving these activities, what are the best practices that can be implemented and how can policy be driven from that?

This lecture will discuss these aspects, the research that surrounds it and future possible research areas.

Admission is free, but please book a place here.

National award for UK games industry influence
16 October

Dr Mark Eyles, Principal Lecturer in the School of Creative Technologies, has received a national award in recognition of his influence in the UK games industry.

The TIGA Games Course Accreditation scheme, which Mark helped to set up and run, has won an Association Excellence Awards Best Certification Programme Silver Award.

Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA, also won a Best Leadership of an Association Bronze Award at the awards ceremony.

Read more here.

Engineering student wins national award
28 September

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering student Jake Piner has won the the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Undergraduate Award 2018.

He took the prize with his final-year project, ‘Analysing the benefits of a well-engineered building control system’. He will be presented with £500 and a certificate at the President’s Awards Dinner on 12 October.

A trophy will also be awarded to Piner’s course tutor, Dr David Sanders, in acknowledgement of Portsmouth University’s achievement.

Read more here.

Architecture student wins RIBA prize for Museum of Secrets
25 September

Architecture student Helen Keegan has won a prize for excellence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Helen, 25, was awarded the MArch Diploma Prize for the highest standard of all-round excellence.

The judges were impressed with her project ‘The Museum of Secrets’, which visualised a new museum in Winchester to capture the hidden nature, and surprises of the city’s pathways and unexpected discoveries.

Helen said: “This project looks at the museum as a protector and sharer of treasures. A place of refuge and escape is necessary in today’s fast-paced, fluid and distracting cultural environment.

“Children inherently enjoy being in ‘secret places’ which provide separation from the external world. As adults, we rarely get this chance.”

Read more here.

Professor nominated in national competition
21 September

Adrian Hopgood, Professor of Intelligent Systems and Director of the Future and Emerging Technologies research theme, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Machine Intelligence Competition.

He has been nominated, alongside his former PhD student Dr Elena Khmeleva (now at Accenture), for their System for Evolutionary Crew Scheduling with Intelligence (SECSI), which was developed while they were both at Sheffield Hallam University.

An intelligent system, SECSI will help to develop an efficient schedule for train crew in the rail‑freight industry. As the crew constitute 20 to 25 per cent of the operating costs, an efficient schedule can save millions of pounds.

The competition will be held in London on Friday 5 October at the British Computer Society London Office.

Petroliana: Celebrating the Lost Artform
20 September

The winner of this year’s Guildhall Graduate Award, Carl Frederik Wigernes, exhibits his work which comprises a large set of collectable posters celebrating the incredible craftsmanship and attention to form and functionality in vintage petrol pumps, from 25 to 28 September 2018.

The exhibition is part of an ongoing collaborative exhibition programme hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries and Portsmouth Cultural Trust to enrich the visual and cultural experience of visitors to the Guildhall, giving graduates and alumni an opportunity to showcase their work to a broad public audience and develop their professional creative practice.

Portsmouth Chamber Music Series announces new season
14 August

Portsmouth Chamber Music Series announces its lineup for the 2018-2019 season in Portsmouth Guildhall, beginning on Monday October 8, 2018 at 7.30 pm.

The series marks its 15th year with six concerts, featuring works by five composers new to the programme, including the young British composer Joseph Phibbs. The series welcome back Ensemble 360 and the Piatti Quartet. New to the series will be world renowned pianist Steven Osborne, Goldmund Quartet and Trio Isimsiz.

Sponsored by the University of Portsmouth, the concerts are jointly promoted by Music in the Round in Sheffield, the UK’s largest promoter of chamber music outside London, as well as the Portsmouth Cultural Trust and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

All concerts are held on Mondays at 7.30 pm at the Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB and followed by a question and answer session with the musicians. Tickets are available from the Guildhall on 023 9387 0211.

New book explores modern India
7 August

Professor Leïla Choukroune, Director of the Democratic Citizenship research theme, launched her new book this week at the India International Centre in New Delhi.

The book ‘Exploring Indian Modernities: Ideas and Practices’ analyses how multiple and hybrid ‘modernities’ have been shaped in colonial and postcolonial India from a multidisciplinary perspective of sociology and anthropology, literature, media and cultural studies, law and political economy. It discusses the ideas that shaped these modernities as well as the lived experience and practice of these modernities.

She was joined at the launch event by Professor Balveer Arora, Centre for Multilevel Federalism, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi; Professor Savita Singh, School of Gender and Development Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University; Anshul Avijit, Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge; and Dr Simona Sawhney, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Delhi.

Virtually like being there
24 July
Staff and students from the 12 universities, government agencies and industrial institutions across Europe which are involved in a University of Portsmouth-led project to use of virtual reality to examine natural hazards are taking part in a workshop at the University this week.
The theme is visualising and understanding natural hazards on the Earth’s surface and seabed, and will involve workshops, virtual reality tours and field excursions led by academic staff from each of the participating European institutions.
For more information on the 400,000 Euro Erasmus+ funded project, or to try the virtual reality experience, email

Astronomers involved in new space zone
20 July

University of Portsmouth cosmologists have contributed expertise and exhibits to Winchester Science Centre’s new interactive space zone.

Now open to the public, Explorer: Space is an immersive space experience offering children and their families an epic adventure through the universe.

Scientists at the University’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation have offered information and advice and contributed equipment from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey – a US based telescope which has created detailed three-dimensional maps of the universe. The cosmologists have supplied plates, which have optical fibres plugged into them and contribute to the scanning of the skies.

For information on Explorer: Space visit

Funding for a FLOWER-ing project
29 June

A multi-partner project using flax fibres to develop composite materials for the marine and automotive industries has received €4.6m of funding.

The FLOWER project (flax composites, low weight, end of life and recycling) teams researchers from the University of Portsmouth with French and UK institutions to develop low cost flax fibre reinforcements. The aim is to supply sustainable, cost-effective lightweight materials to industry.

Led by the University of South Brittany, FLOWER also brings together researchers from the University of Cambridge and research centre INRA in France, as well as four industrial partners. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, which has awarded the University of Portsmouth €517,354 for its portion of the work.

The work in the University’s School of Engineering is led by Dr Hom Nath Dhakal and Dr Zhongyi Zhang.

Businesses wowed at U2B event
28 June

Faculties and departments welcomed dozens of businesses for the recent University 2 Business event.

Staff worked together to greet 106 delegates from the local business community into our University, where we wowed them with no less than 63 different sessions displaying some of the great facilities, expertise and services we have. The showcase was designed to forge new business partnerships and collaborations.

Read more here.

CCI Alumnus success at film festival
28 June

Film Production graduate Matt Daunt has been awarded the first ever Hop D’Or award at the Marston’s Beer Town Film Festival.

He won the best promotional and music film category for Blue, his music video for the Nottingham-based singer/songwriter, Rob Green. He then went on to be chosen as best overall film for the festival as the directors’ choice.

Read more here.

How to give up plastics
21 June

Will McCallum, Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK, will be giving a free talk next week with the aim of helping us to give up plastic and how to make the small changes that can make a big difference.

He will share his ideas and experience at Greenpeace on the battle to break our dependency to plastics. As part of this effort, Will is also launching a book called “ How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time, which will also be available at the talk.

The talk, organised by the University’s Development Studies Group (DSG) in collaboration with the Research Theme on Sustainability and the Environment, takes places on Tuesday 26 June at 6pm in Lecture Theatre 2.23 of the University’s Park Building.

Book your place here.

Award-winning student
15 June

BA Fashion and Textile Design student, Rose Dutton has won the Batsford Prize for the fashion category under the theme ‘craving colour’

The batsford Prize 2018 is for students, with a prize pot worth £7,000 and a new international category. The theme of the Batsford Prize 2018 was ‘Craving Colour’, entries  were asked to show innovative and well-crafted interpretations of colour in terms of subject of materials used, or a combination of the two.

Rose Dutton’s awarded collection Slot, Swoosh, Squish is a playful sustainable fashion collection. Long gone are the earthy neutral tones associated with fashion, which take an ecological standpoint.

Read more here.

Lecturer exhibits films across Europe
15 June 

Lara Torres, a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for MA Fashion & Textiles, will be showcasing some of her films across Europe this summer.

Lara’s An Impossible Wardrobe for the Invisible has been showing at the 55th Venice Biennale, from May 22 until 17 June in a group show celebrating 10 years of MA Fashion Artefact challenging boundaries between fashion and art.

The film will also be shown alongside one of Lara’s films Unmaking at Kalmar Konst Museum in Sweden, at the exhibition TRANSFASHIONAL, which explores experimental fashion in the context of contemporary art. The films will be shown here until 30 September.

Read more here.

Spotlight on fraud investigation

22 May

A leading police expert on fraud and identity theft will discuss economic crime investigation as part of the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies’ (ICJS) 25th anniversary talks.

Commander David Clark, of the City of London Police, will reflect on 25 years of tackling fraud during a free lecture to mark a quarter of a century of criminal justice studies at the University of Portsmouth.

Commander Clark is the Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime. He is also the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead on indentity crime, the Cyber Protect programme and counterfeit currency.

The free public lecture take place at the university’s Richmond Building on Tuesday, June 5 from 6pm to 7.30pm. Register and find further information here.

Military fund research into cold
10 May

The UK military is funding research to help servicemen and women, mountaineers and those who sleep rough overcome the same deadly threat – the cold.

Scientists at the University of Portsmouth have been awarded £434,638 from BAE Systems to try and identify how non-freezing cold injury develops and progresses in the body, known as pathophysiology.

Professor of Human and Applied Physiology Mike Tipton, a world leader in survival in extreme environments, and Dr Clare Eglin will carry out the study.

Professor Tipton said: “Non-freezing cold injury can be a major problem for men and women in the military operating in cold climates, which is why they are funding the work. We hope to identify the pathophysiology which will then allow us in future work to produce targeted prevention, assessment and treatment.”

The research will involve looking at a range of physiological responses in those with and without non-freezing cold injury while exposed to cold.

Haunted house broadcast
23 April

Third-year TV and Broadcast students have a live streamed broadcast this Friday (27 April) at 2pm from the countries most haunted house, Wymering Manor.

The show will be broadcast to the Big Screen Portsmouth and on the CCI TV YouTube channel.

Watch the broadcast here.

Plastic waste research project
17 April

School of Architecture Lecturer and Director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities, Professor Steffen Lehmann has teamed up with Professor Steven De Meester from the University of Ghent, in Belgium, to tackle research on plastic waste.

Their project, entitled PlastiCity, has been selected for Stage 2 for Funding Call 5 by Interreg-2-Seas.

The overall objective of PlastiCity is to develop a plastic recycling hub and method for affordable collection, sorting and treatment of plastic waste in the coastal areas of the UK, France, the Netherlands and Belgium, where the material resources are recovered, recycled and the green economy is promoted.

Read more about the project here.

Workshop will explore aid sector scandal

A series of discussions and talks at the University of Portsmouth will focus on the issue of sexual exploitation in the humanitarian aid sector.

The workshop, Civil Society under Attack, will also look at the broader questions of NGO accountability and how NGOs can rebuild public trust.

Key speakers at Thursday’s event include Shaista Aziz, the co-founder of campaigning platform Intersectional Feminist Foreign Policy. She has been a broadcast journalist and formerly worked as a media specialist for Oxfam, Amnesty International, Save the Children and Islamic Relief.

Sarah Blakemore, director of charity Keeping Children Safe, will also speakThe organisation publishes international safeguarding standards for humanitarian relief and development charities.

The event runs from 1pm until 6pm on Thursday, 19 April in the University’s Park Building. Register and find further information here.

University supporting Aspex Gallery to secure £50,000 of National
Lottery funding
12 April

The University’s Eldon and Portland Buildings will be lighting up yellow in support of ‘Welcome’ – an arts project from the Aspex Gallery, which is bidding to win £50,000 of lottery funding.

The Welcome project aims to support Portsmouth’s refugee and asylum seeker community through art, developing new skills, English language capability, as well as confidence and self-esteem, whilst becoming part of the wider local community.

The Gallery needs your support to make the project a reality. Find out more here.

Problem-solving primates
04 April

The amazing mathematical skills of apes will be explored in a University of Portsmouth public lecture.

Professor Josep Call, of the University of St Andrews, will look at why maths is one of the most feared subjects on the school curriculum but apes can solve problems involving quantities with apparent ease.

Our wild relatives can discriminate the larger of two quantities, add, subtract, multiply using symbols and calculate probabilities in population estimation. How is this possible if apes do not possess a formal system of mathematics?

The talk on Wednesday, 11 April runs from 6pm to 7pm in the University’s Eldon Building. A drinks reception follows. Admission is free. Further information here.

Learn about wonders of universe
16 March

University of Portsmouth astronomers will be answering cosmic questions and helping visitors explore the universe at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium.

Scientists from the University’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) will offer their expertise at Night Sky Live – a two-day festival focusing on galaxies, stars, planets and other celestial bodies.

The Institute has partnered with the Science Centre to offer a range of fun family activities and events. Cosmologists will be running activities on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey – an international collaboration that maps the universe – and gravitational waves, as well as presenting live interactive shows.

Night Sky Live runs on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March. Further information here.

Sewage and science – a public lecture
13 March

Food fat, pharmaceuticals and all manner of frequently flushed nasties are among the subjects to be covered in a talk by University of Portsmouth lecturer Professor John Williams.

Flush and forget: Sewage, SUDS, Drugs and Fast Food will see the environmental technology expert examine wastewater treatment, fat in sewers and sustainable drainage (SUDS).

It will consider how poor public awareness leads to abuse of vital infrastructure and how natural processes, especially the use of plants, provide sustainable solutions to reduce pollution.

The free talk will draw on University of Portsmouth research, including a study that shed light on what happens to food fat if it is poured down the drain and enters sewers.

The lecture begins at 6pm on Wednesday, 21 March in the University’s Portland Building.

Reserve your place here.

Professor wins prestigious appointments
March 5

Professor Rob Strachan, of the Crustal Evolution Research Group in the School of Earth and Environmental Studies, has been appointed Science Editor of leading North American geoscience journal Geological Society of America Bulletin, which has a high impact score and publishes papers across the subject.

Professor Strachan has also been appointed Visiting W.F. James Chair Professor of Pure and Applied Sciences at St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia. He will be working at the university, while on sabbatical from Portsmouth, for four months from May. His work there will allow him to develop important collaborations with Canadian researchers working in similar areas to him and his Portsmouth colleagues.

Hate crime expert to give talk
March 2

A leading expert on the nature, prevalence and impact of hate crime will be visiting the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Criminal Justice studies (ICJS) on Wednesday to give a free public lecture.

Professor Neil Chakraborti will examine a quarter of a century of crime-fighting in his talk, 25 Years of Responding To Hate Crime: Genuine Progress or More Empty Promises? The event is one of a series of free public lectures to mark the 25th anniversary of criminal justice studies in Portsmouth.

Professor Chakraborti is Director of the Centre for Hate Studies at the University of Leicester. He has published extensively and has been commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International and a range of other funding bodies to conduct groundbreaking research into the nature of targeted hostility.

Professor Francis Pakes, Associate Head at ICJS, said: “We are excited to welcome Professor Neil Chakraborti to Portsmouth. He is a gifted speaker with a passion for fighting hate crime and a deep insight into its causes and effects. This represents a great opportunity for our students, our colleagues and the local community to engage with such an inspiring figure and to understand society’s response to hate crime better.”

The talk takes place at 5pm on 7 March in the University’s Park Building. Reserve your place here.

Pompey Messiah wins award
February 15

A unique recreation of a performance of Handel’s Messiah, led by Dr George Burrows, Principal Lecturer in Performing Arts, has won the Best Classical Act at the News Guide Awards.

The Pompey Messiah Project took place last March and involved the University of Portsmouth Choir, the Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, the St Mary’s Church, and the Solent Symphony Orchestra.

The Pompey Messiah explored the impact of Handel’s Messiah on the culture of Portsmouth in the early 1800s through two exhibitions, a public lecture and the recreation of a performance that was first given in Portsmouth in 1812.

Read more about the award here.

PhD student competes in innovation
February 13

Hassan Zaidi, a PhD student in the Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics has won a place on the Care Innovation Challenge. Only 12 teams have been selected to participate in the programme, which aims to help address the challenges faced by the care sector in the face of a rapidly ageing population, through selecting the people and teams with the most practical and elegant ideas and solutions.

Hassan will be attending a ‘Hackathon’ this weekend in London, and will be receiving support and mentorship from industry leading experts to help develop his ideas. The best ideas will be selected to present to a panel of judges at the Cabinet Office in March, for the chance to win further funding and support to start putting ideas in to practice.

Cyber security – a free public lecture
February 22

Cyber security expert Professor Debi Ashenden will be taking an audience on a high-tech journey from the MoD research labs of the ‘90s to current concerns over hackable toys.

The University of Portsmouth School of Computing professor will explore the creativity of early hackers, the impact of cyber security on our lives and the drive to deliver national security through technological means.

She will discuss how, as cyber security matures as a professional practice and an academic discipline, we need to develop new and imaginative ways to keep people safe in an online world.

The lecture runs from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday, 28 February in the University’s Portland Building.

Admission is free. Please reserve your place here.

Grant will shed light on complex geology
February 2 

Geologist Dr Catherine Mottram, of the University of Portsmouth, has won NERC funding to join a large geological study on Canada’s Arctic west coast.

The west coast of North America has witnessed a complex series of geological events as many fragments of the earth’s crust have smashed into the continent over the last 300 million years. Faults accommodate movement during tectonic plate collision and host many gold deposits.

Catherine and colleagues will survey and collect samples from key faults of economic importance in the Whitehorse area of the Yukon Territories as part of the Geological Survey of Canada’s £115m Geomapping for Energy and Minerals programme. The scientists will need to use helicopters to reach inaccessible study sites in the mountains, where they expect to also encounter bears.

Catherine will bring back samples from Canada to the cutting-edge laboratory facilities at the University’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences to date the exact timing of fault movement on these important gold-bearing faults. The results are expected to shed light on the larger history of plate movement in the Yukon from the Jurassic to recent times.

Dr Mottram’s research focuses on using geochronology, geochemistry, structural geology, petrology, and metamorphic geology to quantify the timing, rates and nature of deformation from the micron- to mountain belt- scale.

She will spend about three weeks in Canada this summer.

Sustainable cities double public lecture
31 January

The Cluster for Sustainable Cities will be hosting an open guest lecture event with two internationally recognised speakers on Thursday 8 March in the Eldon Building from 5pm. The lectures are free and open to all.

The first is from Dominic Papa, architect and founder of S333, London, called ‘Towards a new Sociopolis’. The second is from sailor and environmentalist Emily Penn who will be talking about our ‘Plastic Ocean’.

For more information and to book your ticket, click here.

A Corporate Radar System
29 January

Mark Xu, Professor of Information Management, will be giving his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 31 January from 6pm in the Portland Building.

In his lecture, Professor Xu will examine the importance of developing a Corporate Radar Systems for external information scanning and applications in industrial projects. This will help senior managers make more informed decisions when credible external information is not readily available.

Admission is free, but please book your place here.

Investing in startups of the future
29 January

Twenty one students and graduates were put through their paces during the nest startup funding pitches this month.

The nest team support students and graduates looking to start or further develop their own businesses.

Ideas ranged from a bespoke lingerie company to aquaponics, a video production company to wearable tech, online retailers to a cosmetic tattooist. The range of ideas was vast.

At the end of the week sixteen startups were successfully approved for funding. Ongoing support for all applicants will be provided by the nest team.

Read more about the event here.

Physicist awarded funding
5 January
A University of Portsmouth scientist who, together with a colleague, discovered a new memory effect in anti-ferroelectric solids which could revolutionise memories for computers and consumer electronics has been awarded £15,000 EPSRC funding to advance his work.

Dr Melvin Vopson, senior lecturer in applied physics, will use the funds to visit three world leading experts at Western Digital, a multibillion data storage company in California; at Iowa State University; and at the National Institute of Materials Physics in Bucharest.

The trips will give Dr Vopson access to highly specialised experiments for anti-ferroelectric materials. He will also present his work present this work at the Spring MRS conference in Arizona in April.

Dr Vopson’s research demonstrating a non-volatile RAM technology based on anti-ferroelectric random access memory, was co-authored by Dr Tan from Iowa State University.

Lecturer is new Editor-in-Chief
20 December

Dr Simon Stewart has been appointed the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change. The journal re-launches in 2018 and is now open for submissions. The Journal is an international, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed and open access journal that aims to publish excellent cultural analysis from a range of perspectives. Simon Stewart is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Deputy Director of the Centre for European and International Studies Research.

Top criminologist to give talk
December 22

Leading criminologist and author Professor Tim Newburn is visiting the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies to deliver a talk on riots research.

His public lecture in January is the next in a series of events to mark a quarter of a century of criminal justice studies in Portsmouth.

Tim Newburn is a professor of Criminology and Social Policy at the London School of Economics. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books and his work on ‘Reading the Riots’ – a collaborative study with the Guardian newspaper focusing on the 2011 England riots – received wide acclaim.

The free lecture begins at 5pm on 11 January at the university’s Park Building. Book a place here.

Security expert steps into chairman role
December 12

University of Portsmouth criminologist Dr Alison Wakefield has been announced as the new chairman of The Security Institute – the UK’s largest professional membership body for security experts.

Dr Wakefield, a course leader in Risk and Security Management, steps into the role in January. She said: “I am extremely honoured to be appointed Chairman of the Security Institute, the UK’s largest association of security practitioners and increasingly the pre-eminent voice of the security profession.

“Today’s uncertain political and economic landscape presents significant challenges, but also great opportunities as people and organisations look to our profession to help them manage uncertainty.

“We will continue to champion and support the professional development of our members and promote awareness of the important role that is played by the security sector.”

Population and health – a free public lecture
November 20

A University of Portsmouth public lecture will examine population control programmes and their implications for low and middle income countries.

Professor Saseendran Pallikadavath, of the university’s Global Health and Social Care Unit, will look at how family planning programmes have changed since 1950 and discuss challenges in population and health in the face of migration and non-communicable diseases.

The lecture will outline future population and health research agendas and the role of Portsmouth-Brawijava Centre for Global Health, Population and Policy – a collaboration between the Universities of Portsmouth and Brawijava in Indonesia.

The talk takes place in the Portland Building, Portland Street between 6pm and 7pm on Wednesday, 6 December. It will be followed by a drinks reception. Admission is free – please reserve your place here.

Lecture to put spotlight on public sector organisations
November 13

A University of Portsmouth public lecture will focus on bureaucracy, democracy and equality in an era of global uncertainty.

Professor of Organisational Studies Karen Johnston will examine the role of public bureaucracies in promoting democracy, equality and good governance.

The lecture will argue for the need to advance research on representation and providing citizens with a voice in public service decision-making.

The talk takes place in the Portland Building, Portland Street between 6pm and 7pm on Wednesday, November 15. It will be followed by a drinks reception. Admission is free – please reserve your place here.

Graduate shortlisted for journalism award

November 03

University of Portsmouth Journalism graduate Rowan Nevin has been shortlisted for a national award for two feature-length articles.

Rowan is in the running for the Features award in the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Awards for Excellence.

One of his shortlisted articles is a look at a day in the life of Stonewall Football Club. This was part of a special investigation which won Rowan a university journalism prize while he was studying at Portsmouth.

He said: “I chose the topic because it encompassed two of my longest held passions: football and equal rights. The investigation was by far the most rewarding piece of work I have ever completed.”

The winners of the NCTJ awards will be announced at a ceremony later this month.

Government communications expert to give public lecture
November 07

Senior government communicator James Roscoe will be giving a public lecture at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday, November 8.

Mr Roscoe, Director for Communications and Stakeholders at the Department for Exiting the European Union, will reflect on how to communicate with impact in the digital age, giving examples from his career.

A former communications secretary to the Queen and press officer to Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, Mr Roscoe was more recently Director for Communication at the Cabinet Office.

His home department is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he has had postings to the UN in New York, Basra in Iraq and Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The talk takes place in the Portland Building, Portland Street between 6pm and 7pm. It will be followed by a drinks reception. Admission is free – please reserve your place here.

Marine science inspires art
October 24

Research by marine biologist Professor Alex Ford which found even tiny amounts of anti-depressants in sewage had a significant effect on aquatic wildlife, such as prawns, has now inspired art.

Professor Ford’s work showing pharmaceuticals affected prawns’ behaviour so they abandoned their usual dark habitat to swim up towards the light, where they could be eaten by predators, was published in 2010.

Dancer Paul Michael Henry talked to Professor Ford and choreographed Shrimp Dance, which he describes as “a great wave of human sadness sent out to sea”. Utilising Butoh dance theatre and self-composed music, Henry’s dance drama explores ecological crisis, mental health and consumerism.
His dance is performed this month as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.

Science of wormholes and warp drives
October 30 

The science of science fiction will be explored in a public lecture by astroparticle physics professor Stefano Liberati.

Professor Liberati, of the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, will examine the scientific possibilities behind mind-boggling science fiction objects such as warp drives, wormholes and time machines.

He will use examples from the world of movies and literature in this fascinating talk at the University of Portsmouth’s Portland Building in Portland Street. The free event runs on Wednesday, November 1 between 6pm and 7pm.

The event is sold out but to join the waiting list, reserve a place here.

Tomorrow’s World Live – Me and My Robot
October 20

Dr Jen Gupta, of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, is co-presenting the BBC Tomorrow’s World Facebook Live event on Monday, October 23 at 7.30pm from Manchester Science Festival.

Me and My Robot will give audiences the chance to ask their burning questions to leading scientists about the role of robots in the future. Viewers at home can watch and  join the conversation on Facebook and by using #MyTomorrow on Twitter.

Radiographer designs winning poster

September 26

A radiographer who graduated from the University of Portsmouth two years ago has won a national competition to design a poster to mark World Radiography Day.

Hannah Spittal, 23, is a radiographer on the island of Guernsey, where she was born and grew up.

Domestic Desires
September 20

Deborah Sugg Ryan, Professor of Design History and Theory and Associate Dean (Research) in CCI, is giving a talk at the Royal Academy of Arts next month.

Professor Sugg Ryan will be speaking at ‘Domestic Desires’ which is part of the ‘Home Sweet Home’ series of events on Monday 16 October. The event takes a closer look at the impact mass media has had on domestic spaces.

Book your ticket here.

Portsea Lost Heritage Walk
September 19

Dr Ann Coats will lead a second walk to trace Portsea’s lost heritage on Saturday 23 September from 10.00am to 12.30pm. The walk starts at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Gate on The Hard and finishes at St John the Evangelist RC Cathedral.

Following the Dockyard Wall, the route shall locate the vanished sites of Brickwood’s Brewery, the Daniel Street Chapel, St John’s Church and St John’s RC chapel. Three streets: Marlborough Row, Gloucester Street and Frederick Street were taken into the Dockyard in 1944. What do street names – Queen Street, Bonfire Corner, Prince George Street – tell us about Portsea’s history? Why was North Street a Ropewalk?

The walk is free and open to all. It is part of a University of Portsmouth community engagement project. Book your free ticket here.

Brunel Science Lecture
September 11

Professor Mike Tipton will deliver the Brunel Science Lecture at Portsmouth Grammar School on Wednesday 20 September. Professor Tipton has spent over 35 years researching and advising the military, industry and elite sports people in the areas of thermoregulation, environmental and occupational physiology and survival in the sea. His lecture commences at 7.30 pm in the Bristow Clavell Lecture Theatre, please click here to book your free ticket.

Smart cities research
September 04

Researchers from PBS have given their latest insights into research on smart cities as part of the PERCEIVE project, which aims to explore how much citizens feel European.

Smart cities projects have increased their popularity worldwide since their very first implementation. But how and to what extent have they expanded in the European Union? On which topics they have been focusing on?

Read further for fresh findings from the PBS team here.

Graduate named as inspiring female healthcare scientist
August 31

Dr Joanne Horne, a graduate from the Professional Doctorate In Health Science course, has been named by NHS England as one of four new candidates for the 2017 Chief Scientific Officer’s (CSO) WISE Fellowship starting in September 2017.

Dr Horne, who is now Advanced Practitioner Healthcare Scientist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, will act as role models to inspire the next generation of scientists.

The Chief Scientific Officer’s WISE Fellowship Programme is a bespoke 12 month initiative, in partnership with WISE – a campaign for gender balance in science, technology and engineering. The programme launched in conjunction with International Women’s Day last year, attracted over 50 applications from female healthcare scientists.

Read more here.

BBC Tomorrow’s World Facebook Live
August 29

Dr Jen Gupta, an astrophysicist in the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, is co-presenting the BBC Tomorrow’s World Facebook Live event TONIGHT (30 August) at 8.30pm from the Science Museum.

Dr Gupta is joining fellow space experts taking part in this live, interactive event, which explores the future of space travel.

‘Tomorrow’s World Live: Move to Mars’ is your chance to ask the UK’s top space scientists how they are preparing for a human mission to the red planet. Watch live on Facebook and send in your questions and comments during the show.

Watch live here.

International workshop on policing
August 15

Criminal investigation lecturer, Dr Adrian James, facilitated an international workshop last month for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Georgia.

The aim of the workshop ‘The Path to Smarter Policing’ was to share different models of intelligence-led policing and best practice.

Intelligence-led policing is a new way of policing that has been embraced across Europe. It relies on the effective use of information and intelligence analysis to identify patterns and trends in crime so that police resources can be deployed both more efficiently and effectively.

Female Entrepreneurship Facebook Live
August 14

On Thursday 27 July, the University’s Alumni Association went live with the second edition of their Facebook Live Series: Female Entrepreneurship: Taking your business to the next level. Streamed live from Portland building, and since watched by 4k viewers, panelists discussed the steps they took in starting their own business, advice they would give to others and how they balanced work, life and study.

The panel discussed how and why they took the next step to become an entrepreneur, challenges they encountered on their journey to becoming a business owner, and the support services provided by the University including the Female Entrepreneurs Network.

Read more and watch a video of the event here.

University welcomes a new Chaplain
August 4

Ahmed Uddin joined the University of Portsmouth on 17 July as the Muslim Chaplain. He will be working alongside his colleagues in the Chaplaincy team to carry on the work of supporting people of all faiths and no-faiths.

Prior to joining the University he worked for Islamic Relief (IR), an international relief and development agency striving to alleviate poverty and suffering around the world regardless of colour, race or religion, where he headed up UK programmes.

He is looking forward to meeting new people in an academic setting, as he enjoys having discussions with individuals from different disciplines. He is passionate about travelling and reading.

Find out more about Ahmed here.

Harnessing urban wind power
July 27

A collaboration between the Cluster for Sustainable Cities in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries and the Southampton-based company MA Systems and Control Ltd is exploring the potential for innovative building-integrated urban wind power technology.

This Emerging Technologies Innovate UK funded research project, “Wind ASSURE”, will allow the business partner to ensure public acceptance and optimum urban integration of the new technology. The technology is an alternative to the conventional wind turbine and can use low wind speeds. The innovation is expected to outperform big turbines at much lower wind speeds which are frequently found in urban areas.

Read more about the project here.

Stress and well-being in dental students
July 07

A collaborative study between the Dental Academy and Department of Psychology entitled ‘Does stress in a dental hygiene and dental therapy undergraduate programme contribute to a sense of well-being in the students?’ has created a wave of excitement among the dental profession.

The study, which will be published in the 7 July edition of the British Dental Journal, has been chosen to be highlighted in the ‘Research Insights’ section of the journal, along with an associated YouTube video abstract.

View the YouTube abstract here.

Student develops emergency response for BVI
July 04 

Postgraduate student Kieron Chapman has helped the British Virgin Islands in developing a response for coping with a mass casualty event involving locals and tourists.

Kieron, who is studying Crisis and Disaster Management, was on a four-week internship programme with the Department of Disaster Management (DDM).

While in the Territory, Kieron assessed emergency plans and conducted interviews and questionnaires with key stakeholders including members of the public and tourists.

UK shares paramedic know-how
June 26

Paramedic science course leader at the University of Portsmouth Ken Street is visiting paramedics in Australia to assess the strengths and weaknesses of how paramedics in the UK and Australia learn new skills.

The research trip will be followed by a trip to Portsmouth in July by Dave Reid, director of paramedic programmes at western Australia’s Edith Cowan University in July.

The pair expect to publish their findings later this year.

Long lost archives uncovered in Congo
June 22

Professor Tony Chafer has just returned from a British Library ‘Endangered Archives’-funded trip to assess French colonial archives left behind in Congo Brazzaville at independence in 1960.

Unlike the archives of French West Africa and much of the rest of France’s African empire, the archives of the French Congo have never been scrutinised by academics.

The trip revealed documents of all types – ranging from expense receipts to significant policy documents – piled eight feet high in two rooms where conditions threaten their survival.

If they can be saved and catalogued, these important documents have great potential to throw new light on the relationship between France and the Congo from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Women’s Activism in Portsmouth Group
May 30 

A selection of brief film clips from the BBC archives on women’s lives in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s followed by discussion on women in Portsmouth from 1960. All welcome.

Wednesday 31 May from 6 – 7.30 pm in Park Building Room 2.16

The meeting will also discuss progress with the Heritage Lottery Fund bid, ‘The Hidden Heritage of a Naval Town, Women’s Activism in Portsmouth From the 1960’. All welcome.

Second major success for Africa group
May 23:

The University’s experts on West African security are marking another success.

Dr Elisa Lopez Lucia has been awarded an incoming three-year Leverhulme early career fellowship to work with colleagues in the Centre for European and International Studies Research on a three-year project entitled ‘The politics of knowledge: security politics and the ‘remaking’ of West Africa.

It is the second time in three years that the prestigious and highly competitive fellowship has been awarded to the University of Portsmouth. In 2014, Dr Ed Naylor was awarded a three-year Leverhulme fellowship.

Dr Lopez Lucia will be working with Professor Tony Chafer, leader of the Francophone Africa research cluster, and Dr Ed Stoddard, leader of the strategic project, ‘Assessing the Shifting Character of Contemporary Intervention in West Africa’. All three are members of the West Africa Peace and Security Network, which is co-led by the University of Portsmouth.

Lecturer to speak at Geneva Conventions 40th anniversary conference
May 18:

A University of Portsmouth lecturer has been invited to join a high-level panel to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions in June. Dr Frank Ledwidge is part of the Portsmouth team at the Royal Air Force College where he teaches International Humanitarian Law. Frank, who is himself a veteran of several conflicts, will speak in Geneva on the challenges facing western armed forces in complying with the Protocols.

Art of science competition
May 16:

Dr Maria Papanikolaou, from the Institute of Biological and Biomedical Science-Neuroscience group within the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, has had her beautiful confocal microscope image of mouse astrocytes (support cells of the brain) shortlisted for the SLAS* Art of Science Competition.

For Maria to win the award, she needs your vote. It would be fantastic if you could just take a few seconds to support Maria by voting for her image online, which you can do by following this link , providing an email address, and then selecting her image.

The deadline for casting your vote is 19 May, so there is still time!

Greek financial crisis under scrutiny
May 11:

A symposium examining the causes of the Greek financial crisis and proposals for a radical approach to solving it is taking place next week in Vienna. The event is organised by Dr Nikolaos Antonakakis, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Portsmouth and the Head of Business and Management Department and an Associate Professor at Webster Vienna Private University.
Dr Antonakakis has invited world-renowned experts in finance and economics to speak at the symposium which takes place on 17 May. Topics will include ‘The need of a dynamic investment process in tradeable goods and services’ and ‘Why the Greek debt should be cancelled.’

Engineer wins prestigious appointment
May 11:

Environmental engineer Dr Michelle Bloor in the University’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been elected on to the Europe Council of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. She retains her position as UK president of the Society.

Dr Bloor will now be responsible for chairing the Society’s education committee, vice-chair the finance committee and sit on committees for awards, long term planning and development.

She said: “It’s a huge privilege to be elected and I relish the opportunity to work within my professional organisation at a European and global level.”

Félicitations to sports scientist
May 5

An expert in health and fitness in people with chronic diseases at the University of Portsmouth’s Department of Sport and Exercise Science has been appointed visiting professor at the University of Toulon, in France.

Dr Zoe Saynor will deliver lectures and seminars in exercise in respiratory conditions and sessions for athletes on elite performance.

Her PhD student Adam Causer was also awarded funding to do a placement at the university this summer.

Sports science students gain international advantage
May 3:

Portsmouth sports science students now have the chance to exchange with or study in one of four universities in Canada and the US, thanks to new partnerships being agreed.

Associate head of education in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science Chris Hughes arranged international opportunities for Portsmouth students with SUNY, Brockport; Brock, Ontario; Western Ontario; and Minnesota. He chose to work with four because each offers a different opportunity, giving more Portsmouth students a chance to broaden their skills, learning and opportunities.

Sports science students gain international advantage
May 3:

Portsmouth sports science students now have the chance to exchange with or study in one of four universities in Canada and the US, thanks to new partnerships being agreed.

Associate head of education in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science Chris Hughes arranged international opportunities for Portsmouth students with SUNY, Brockport; Brock, Ontario; Western Ontario; and Minnesota. He chose to work with four because each offers a different opportunity, giving more Portsmouth students a chance to broaden their skills, learning and opportunities.

Professors win grant to study dementia
April 25:

Professor of molecular medicine, Darek Gorecki and Professor Roxana Carare of the University of Southampton, have been awarded £200,000 from The Stroke Association to investigate vascular dementia, the second most common type of dementia, after Alzheimer’s disease, affecting about 150,000 people in the UK.

Professor Gorecki, of the University of Portsmouth’s School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences will work with Professor Carare and colleagues from Southampton over three years to examine why in vascular dementia, fluid fails to to drain from the brain’s white matter.

Dentists share research in US
April 13:

For the first time, specialist dental health professionals from the University of Portsmouth have attended the world’s largest dental research network to share their research. Professor Chris Louca, Director and Head of School and Dr Kristina Wanyonyi, Research Lead, at the University, attended the International Association for Dental Research Conference in California, presenting five pieces of research to their international peers.

Specialist dentistry recognised
April 13:

A dentist at the University of Portsmouth’s Dental Academy, Latha Davda, has been accepted on the General Dental Council’s Oral Surgery specialist list. Only dentists with appropriate training or experience can enter a specialist list and being accepted is regarded as a significant achievement which relatively few dentists achieve.

Fellowship for forensic scientist
April 10:

A forensic scientist from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) has been made a fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Anna-Marie O’Connor was chosen for her exceptional qualifications and experience and having made a significant contribution to forensic practice.

Dr Phil Clements, Head of ICJS, said: “This is a great achievement by Anna-Marie and is prestigious external recognition of her contribution to the forensic discipline, not least her major contribution to our own Forensic Innovation Centre. Anna-Marie becomes one of only two per cent of members of the Society who are fellows, which makes her recognition all the more notable.”

Venturefest South – catch all the action from the day
March 30:

Venturefest South’s inaugural event earlier this month was a huge success, with 569 innovators, entrepreneurs and investors coming together for one action-packed day.

Don’t miss any of the action – Visit our Vimsy channel to view all the presentations and content from Venturefest South 2017.

Dr Simon Kolstoe goes Head to Head in BMJ
March 29:

Dr Simon Kolstoe, from the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science and University Ethics Advisor, has published an article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) which asked should research ethics committees police reporting bias?

Dr Kolstoe, along with Daniel Shanahan from BioMed Central argued that yes, ethics review bodies are well placed to check trial reporting, while Janet Wisely from Health Research Authority said no and that she worried about resourcing and the lack of sanctions available once approval has been granted.

To read the full article, please click here.

Spiritualism and the First World War
March 10:

Dr Karl Bell (School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies) has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for new research to explore spiritualism during the First World War.

The project, in collaboration with the Portsmouth Temple of Spiritualism, will examine two types of afterlife on the home front, that of spiritualist communication between the living and the dead, and, more broadly, the emotional aftermath of the First World War in Britain.

If anyone has local/family stories of spiritualist practices in Portsmouth between 1910 and 1930, Dr Bell would like to hear from them.

For more details of the project ‘Lost Voices: Spiritualist Communities and Wartime Afterlives on the Home Front, 1914-1919’, click here.

The impact of Brexit on business recruitment
March 7:

The impact of Brexit on organisations and Human Resources is the subject of the next Hot Topic event at the University on Wednesday 22 March at 5.30pm.

At the event, which is hosted by the Portsmouth Business School, Karen Johnston, Professor of Organisational Studies, and Sue Love, Director at LoveHRSolutions Ltd, will offer a reflective review of what HR and recruitment issues might face the UK business community after we leave the EU.

For more information and to book your free ticket, click <a href=””>here</a>.

Free screening of A Plastic Ocean
March 16:

The University of Portsmouth Environment Network is hosting a free film screening of A Plastic Ocean on Thursday 23 March at 6.30pm.

A Plastic Ocean is a new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. The film captures never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.

Following the film, there is an extended question and answer session will follow the film screening with University experts on marine and microplastics and special guest David Jones from Plastic Oceans.

Watch the trailer here.

Venturefest South is coming
March 3:

The University of Portsmouth is on the hunt to find innovators with the latest and greatest ideas, inventions and new thinking for the first Venturefest South event, which takes place in Winchester on 9 March.

The Venturefest Network strengthens connectivity between innovators, investors and entrepreneurs. The University is proud to be one of the Founding Partners who have been working together to bring Venturefest to our region.

For more information and to book your free ticket, click here.

Chinese student wins prestigious award
February 22:

A Chinese student who completed his PhD at Portsmouth has been selected for the award of Excellent Self-funded Student Studying Abroad, by the Chinese Scholarship Council. Dr.Hao Qin was selected from over 30 students from Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, UCL, in the UK and Harvard, MIT and Stanford in the USA. The award is the highest honour for a Chinese student studying abroad and Hao is the only student from Portsmouth to ever win. His PhD was developing methods and tools for capturing integrated design knowledge in a distributed and collaborative working environment, under Dr Hongwei Wang. He is now lecturing at the University of Exeter.

Lecturer trains Nigerian geoscientists
February 17: A University of Portsmouth lecturer has trained over 40 Nigerian geoscientists on remote sensing. Dr Malcolm Whitworth from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences delivered a guest lecture to the Nigerian Geological Surveys Agency in Abuja. He spoke about remote sensing, the science of obtaining information about objects or areas from a distance, typically from high-flying aircraft or satellites. The talk was chaired by Director General Mr Alex Ndubuisi Nwegbu and was attended by delegates including Government Special Adviser Professor Charles Ononuju Ofoegbu and Director of Applied and Engineering Geology Dr Oyedeji A Oluwole.

Monitoring the health of ship engines
February 14: Algorithms devised by The Institute of Industrial Research are helping a Gosport company develop satellite-linked monitoring technology that offers huge benefits for operators of vessels of all sizes on the world’s oceans.

The research is published in a case study by Innovate UK, the Government’s innovation agency. Read the case study here –

Handel’s Messiah Concert
February 10: 
The University of Portsmouth Choir joins forces with the Solent Symphony Orchestra, Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, St Mary’s Church Choir and soloists from the Royal College of Music to benefit local musical charities for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah on 18 March. Find out more

Vice-Chancellor blog on the Higher Education and Research Bill
January 18:
Professor Graham Galbraith, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, has written a guest blog for the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) on how an amendment in the Higher Education and Research Bill, that would require annual publication of visa data for all institutions, could be a positive move. Read the blog post here.

Transcription Tuesday
January 13: The magazine of the popular Who Do You Think You Are? TV programme is looking for contributions to <a href=””></a>, an online project partnership involving the University of Portsmouth.
The magazine is running it’s first-ever Transcription Tuesday event on 17 January and it is promoting GB1900 as one of six transcription websites, hoping to encourage as many people to set some time aside to contribute towards one of the projects – even if it’s just for half an hour.
To help and take part in Transcription Tuesday, please click

New business experts appointed
January 9: Experts in marketing, entrepreneurship and global business sustainability will join the University of Portsmouth’s Business School this year. Dr Giampaolo Viglia starts this month as Reader in marketing, Martina Battisti joins in February as Professor of small business and entrepreneurship and Diego Vasquez-Brust commences his post in June as Professor of global business sustainability and strategy. Dean of the Business School, Professor Gioia Pescetto, said: “We are delighted to welcome these new senior colleagues who will augment and diversify our research and supervisory capacity.”

Solent Forum Conference
January 6:
In 2017 the Solent Forum celebrates its 25th anniversary. In recognition of this event, the Forum is showcasing two weeks of celebratory events in the week commencing 8th May 2017. The University of Portsmouth Environment Network (UPEN) is proud to sponsor the main event of the week, Solent Matters: Shaping up for another 25 years. Booking for the event is now open and early bird tickets are available until 28th February. Places are limited so if you would like to attend, please fill in this form expressing your interest, places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. There are three free-places for UoP students which will also be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Economist highly rated
November 25: Economist Dr Nikolaos Antonakakis, in Portsmouth Business School, has been named by Thomson Reuters in their top one per cent of scholars worldwide in 2016 for citations in economics. His work on, among other subjects, the social effect of financial austerity and the economics of green versus fossil fuel, was described as having a valuable and significant impact in the field. The award is designed to mark exceptional impact in the field of academic publishing.

Pathologists examine evidence
November 10: The pathological consequences of exposure to extreme cold on the human body is to be discussed by Professor Mike Tipton at the Association of Clinical pathologists’ one-day conference being hosted by the University of Portsmouth on November 16. Dr Dan Roiz de Sa, also of Portsmouth’s Department of Sport and Exercise Science, will discuss the physiology of hyperthermia alongside speakers discussing death by hypothermia, gas, venom, electrocution and drowning.

Professor is president-elect
October 24: Professor Alan Collins, Head of Economics and Finance at Portsmouth Business School, has been voted President-Elect of the Association of Cultural Economics International (ACEI). His main tasks will be helping to organise ACEI’s biennial conference – taking place in Melbourne 2018 – following which he will become president of the organisation until 2020. ACEI is a society that aims to further understanding worldwide of the economic aspects of arts and culture.

Prize for biology textbook
October 21:
A textbook co-authored by Gavin Knight, Principal Lecturer in Haematology and Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programme, has won the Royal Society of Biology Undergraduate Textbook Prize.‘Fundamentals of Biomedical Science: Haematology’ (2nd Edition) won the prize which is awarded for an outstanding life sciences textbook for undergraduate students.

Funding aims to help protect rivers
September 13: Dr John Williams, from the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, has been awarded funding by Southern Water and the University to improve existing methods for removing phosphorus from the liquid waste from sewage plants to help protect rivers from pollution. Dr Williams’ £64,000 funding is for research over three years at the University’s environmental technology field station at Petersfield Wastewater Treatment Works.

Historian on Full Steam Ahead
18 August: 
Historian Dr Mike Esbester appeared on BBC 2’s Full Steam Ahead, which explores the darker side to the golden age of steam. Dr Esbester, an expert in the rise of modern health and safety, said: “In 1913 over 30,000 railway workers were killed or injured prompting the Great Western Railway to launch a safety campaign which changed the way Britain approached health and safety. The idea of using education to persuade people to change their behaviour and act safely was radical for its time.”

Triple success for postgraduate graduate
July 22: A University of Portsmouth student has graduated three times with three different postgraduate qualifications. Heather Short crossed the stage at the Guildhall this week after completing a PhD on The Hidden World of e-learning in SMEs. She previously graduated from Portsmouth with an MBA in 2012 and a Diploma in Management in 1990. Heather said: “I feel very honoured to be a triple postgraduate alumna; it’s something I would never have even dreamed of when I graduated in 1990. I’ve enjoyed studying at Portsmouth and have met some brilliant people along the way. I feel very at home here and hope that my association with the University continues for a long while.”

Indian cricket writer gives free lecture
June 22: A renowned sports journalist and author will discuss the world’s richest cricket body at a free public lecture at the University of Portsmouth this week. Professor Boria Majumdar, from the University of Central Lancashire, will speak about the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which is undergoing a fundamental transformation – forced upon it by the highest judiciary in India. The free lecture is on Friday 24 June from 6 – 7pm and will be followed by a drinks reception. Please book tickets via Eventbrite.

Research conference
June 10: Portsmouth Business School will hold its 12th annual Research and Innovation Conference on Monday, June 13. The programme includes a keynote address by Professor Debi Saini, streamed sessions, lunch and a prize-giving. There will also be a panel discussion, Perspectives around Syria: Moralities in Conflict, led by Dr Peter Lee. To book a place for the day, or for individual sessions, email

Philippines insights
June 6: Lecturer in International Relations Tom Smith has warned that the Philippines’ president elect Rodrigo Duterte poses the biggest threat to press freedom since the Marcos dictatorship. In an Op-Ed piece in The Guardian, Mr Smith – based at RAF College Cranwell – says that Duterte achieved a landslide victory by taking on establishment cornerstones, but now has his sights set on the fourth estate. He has already humiliated a TV reporter during a live broadcast and threatened journalists with assassination. Follow the link to read Mr Smith’s insights in full:

Expert’s editorial role
June 2: Professor Mike Tipton has been appointed editor-in-chief of Experimental Physiology, a journal of the Physiological Society. Mike, a professor of human and applied physiology in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science, will take up the role in October. Mike has worked at the University of Portsmouth since 1998, and has advised everyone from the RAF to the UK Coastguard and film and theatre professionals. He also set up the University’s widely used extreme environments laboratory. His focus is on fundamental and applied research in the areas of human thermoregulation in hot and cold air and water environments, and exercise/occupational physiology.

Counter-fraud conference
May 13: Fraud in the food industry will be among the subjects up for discussion at a conference at the University of Portsmouth next month. The Counter-Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference – taking place on Tuesday, June 7 – will feature a variety of talks by practitioners, academics and researchers in the counter-fraud field. Subjects to be discussed – among others – include fraud, bribery and corruption in the Middle East, and corruption in the humanitarian and global development sector. For a full itinerary and how to book go to

A choral occasion
May 5: The University of Portsmouth Choir has joined forces with Portsmouth Cathedral Choir for a programme of choral music this Sunday. Heavenly Voices, at St Thomas’ Cathedral at 8pm, will mix sacred settings by Dvorak and Tippett with popular-styled works based on Shakespeare by the likes of George Shearing, Matthew Harris and Bob Chilcott. For tickets call the box office on 023 9284 3023 or buy online at

Science on tap
April 4: World-class researchers from the University of Portsmouth will be giving talks in city pubs from May 23 to 25 as part of the national Pint of Science initiative. Three Southsea venues – The Loft (at The Kings), The Fat Fox and The Barley Mow – will each host two science and technology talks each night for three nights, with subjects ranging from the biggest structures in the universe to Chernobyl wildlife and progress in cancer research. For tickets and more information click <a href=””>here.</a>

Fairer business
April 4: Portsmouth Business School is hosting this year’s Responsible Business Week conference on April 21, from 5pm-8.30pm, focusing on how to create a fairer, sustainable future for business and for society. Speakers include former MP Tom Levitt, and representatives from Fujitsu, Wiggle and a local NHS trust. The event is free and is organised by Business in the Community. To find out more, visit:

Students impress employers
March 2: More than 200 students and 15 companies attended the Technology Faculty’s recent industrial placement recruitment fair. Employers said they were impressed with the calibre of students, with some telling staff they had dropped competitor universities from their recruitment round, such is the high regard they hold for Portsmouth students. The fair was open to those seeking year-long placements in industry as part of their sandwich degree courses. Five won £10 Amazon vouchers.

Students’ excellence recognised
March 1: Hospitality and tourism students have been given an employment boost by being awarded industry recognition for service excellence, a certification usually reserved for professionals. The 13 students will be awarded the Tourism South-East Welcome to Excellence certificate and a City and Guilds award in Principles of Customer Service in Hospitality, Leisure Travel and Tourism on March 22. The training which led to certification was arranged by lecturers Liz Sharples and Jennifer Johnston as a pilot and will now be included in next year’s course.

Scientist elected president
February 29: Dr Michelle Bloor, an environmental engineer in the School of Earth and Environmental Science, has been elected president of the UK branch of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry from September. She is currently vice-president. The society is a non-profit body of 6,000 members in academia, business and government which aims to help share ideas and information on the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, research and development, and environmental education.

Chemcatcher wins award
February 4: A water monitoring device used worldwide, the Chemcatcher®, has won the Institute of Water, Welsh area’s technology innovation award. Chemcatcher® was developed by Professors Graham Mills and Richard Greenwood in the University of Portsmouth’s science faculty, together with researchers in Sweden. The device was used as part of a Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and Natural Resources Wales trial to monitor herbicides as part of their novel weed wiper initiative. It was also part of the overall Welsh area innovation winning team and is now through to the national finals, to be held in Birmingham in May 2016.

Games graduate is one to watch
February 2: Computer games technology graduate Alexia Christofi has been listed as one of the ‘30 under 30’ people to watch by games industry trade magazine Develop. Alexia, 35, is working as a production assistant at Lionhead Studios after graduating from the University last year. She is currently in charge of the villain gameplay in the studio’s upcoming Fable Legends game.

Hollywood lauds TV series
February 1: A David Attenborough television series ‘Conquest of the Skies 3D’, on which Dr David Martill and Dr Mark Witton of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences were advisers in 2013, won a global factual Lumiere award at Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood. As well as advising on pterosaur flight, Dr Martill also appeared in ‘The Making Of’ programme which was broadcast after the series ended in January 2015. The series, made by Atlantic, won best 3D documentary.

Sports scholar triumphs in women’s rugby
January 29: A former sports scholar who plays rugby for Richmond has won the Women’s Rugby Premiership title with her team. Holly Jayne Myers graduated from the University in 2013 with a degree in history and politics. She scored a try in the Premiership final, which Richmond won 28-17 against rivals Saracens. Sports Science Lecturer Zoe Saynor was also playing in the final at the Twickenham Stoop Stadium this month.

Marine expert appointed
January 6: Internationally renowned marine polar expert Professor Lloyd Peck has been appointed visiting professor in marine biology at the University of Portsmouth where he studied for his PhD. Professor Peck, science leader of the British Antarctic Survey, is at the forefront of investigating how marine animals adapt to extreme environments.  His appointment is expected to result in significantly increased research collaboration as well as the delivery of seminars and lectures to undergraduates and postgraduates.

Call for improved funding
December 22: The Brain Tumour Research charity, which helps fund Professor Geoff Pilkington and colleagues’ world-class research laboratories, is aiming to collect 100,000 signatures on a petition calling for better government funding for research. Professor Pilkington leads the country’s first centre of excellence in research into brain tumours and his group investigates tumour cell invasion into healthy brain tissue, effective drug delivery and personalised medicine. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under-40s, but it receives only one per cent of all cancer research funding.

Exhibition up for award
December 15: Former student now web and new media production officer in marketing Tim Connell has been nominated for best exhibition for a bicycle exhibition he staged at Aspex Gallery in the summer. Tim’s ‘In The Frame’ included a wide range of bicycles including a Victorian penny farthing and a Tour de France bike. It is in the running for a WOW247 arts and entertainment award. Winners in 14 categories will be announced at the end of January 2016.

Architect praised
December 14: A University of Portsmouth architect has been awarded a prestigious medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Senior lecturer Walter Menteth from the Portsmouth School of Architecture and a government advisor received the President’s Medal for Research in recognition of his work setting up a website and producing booklets to help architects find opportunities for bidding for work.

Charity challenge launched
December 8: A charity challenge to fund pioneering research into brain tumour treatments launched last week. The Grand Challenge aims to raise £180,000 to fund a three-year research project. It has been organised by the charity Brain Tumour Research and the Dr Hadwen Trust in partnership with the University. Professor Geoff Pilkington and his team at the University’s Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence will investigate how drug treatments can be delivered more effectively through the blood-brain barrier, which can block medicines from reaching the brain.

Media awards success
December 7: Recent Journalism with Media Studies graduate Stephanie Hunter has won a runner-up prize in the Guardian Student Media Awards 2015. Stephanie, who graduated with a first-class degree this year, was announced as runner-up in the Student Feature Writer of the Year category for a series of features about food poverty in Portsmouth, which she wrote for the special investigation option of her course. Stephanie’s prize is a week’s work placement at The Guardian.

Smart talker
November 19: A senior lecturer from the School of Art and Design has been invited by the British Council to give a series of ‘Smart Talks’ in China at the end of the month. Dr Maureen O’Neill will talk about her own experiences as an artist and designer and will showcase the University’s collection of artists’ books. Smart Talks are for young people and students in China to give them an insight into UK education.

Einstein still right
November 11: A new and independent test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which disproves a rival Galileon gravity theory, has been published by a University of Portsmouth cosmologist. Dr Jeremy Sakstein’s paper appears today in Physical Review Letters. He tested the theory of general relativity using the minimum mass of a hydrogen burning star and showed that Einstein’s theory is still standing the test of time. Dr Sakstein said: “General relativity has been a cornerstone of modern physics since its publication 100 years ago but it’s constantly under scrutiny. It’s exciting to test Einstein’s theory using a different method – one which has never been used before.”

Tech expertise recognised
November 10: Dr Wendy Powell, in the School of Creative Technologies, has been recognised by an international organisation for her significant performance in using innovation and technology at a level of excellence for the benefit of humanity. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have awarded her senior membership status in recognition of her work on, among other things, using technology to advance healthcare.

Chaplaincy survey success
November 3: The University of Portsmouth’s Chaplaincy has received a satisfaction rating of 98 per cent in an international student survey – the highest received across they surveyed institutions.
Research carried out by the i-graduate website for its International Student Barometer also found that the Chaplaincy – which offers a range of services to support students – received the highest satisfaction rating nationally, and within the Alliance Group of Universities. In addition, Portsmouth received the highest rating (90 per cent) for its provision of worship facilities. The research was carried out in 62 universities worldwide.
University Chaplain Rev Andy Marshall said: “These results reflect the resources the University has committed to supporting the spiritual, cultural and pastoral needs of international and UK students over recent years, and the hard work of the Chaplaincy team.”
The Chaplaincy is based in The Nuffield Centre, St Michael’s Road. To find out more about the services it provides, visit or email

Double grant win for researcher
October 29: Dr Sasee Pallikadavath, of the University’s Global Health and Social Care Unit, has won two research grants. The Medical Research Council has awarded him £970,000 towards a mother and child health care project in India and Bangladesh, while the British Council has awarded him £81,269 to research the effects on families in East Java of women migrating.

Courses shortlisted in national competition
October 13: Two professional doctorate courses from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies have been shortlisted for the Security Excellence Awards 2015. Programmes in security risk management and criminal justice have been shortlisted in the security training initiative of the year category. Senior lecturer Dr Alison Wakefield said: “These programmes address the appetite among many within the security and criminal justice communities to take their academic studies to the highest level, while also undertaking important research into areas of professional practice in order to advance knowledge.”

Professor in line for STEM award
September 15: Professor Joanna Scurr is in the final three candidates from a field of more than 200 nominees for the Women in Science and Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award. The next stage is an interview later this month. The award celebrates women who excel in engineering, manufacturing, technology or science, inspire other women and have made a significant contribution in their field.

Marketing expert wins best paper
September 7: Marketing expert Judith Fletcher-Brown has won best paper award from the Journal of Social Marketing for her study investigating breast cancer campaigns in India. The disease killed more than 70,000 women in India in 2012 and is set to overtake cervical cancer as the most common cancer in the country by 2020.

HR expertise acknowledged
August 24: Dr Vijay Pereira, a human resource management expert in Portsmouth Business School, has been elected executive board member of the Indian Academy of Management, an affiliate of the Academy of Management USA. The announcement was made at the recent Academy of Management conference in Vancouver. Dr Pereira is elected for a two-year term, and his appointment comes into force in December. Dr Pereira has a long career in senior HR positions, including with Indian Railways and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs as well as working as a consultant.

Prehistoric conference
August 20: Flugsaurier 2015, the fifth international symposium on pterosaurs, is to be held at the University’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences from August 26-29. The conference, led by Dr David Martill, Reader in Palaeobiology, is a chance for all those with an interest in the flying prehistoric reptiles to come together to present research and collaborate. There will be talks, poster presentations, workshops on issues affecting pterosaur research, and a chance to examine pterosaur specimens.

Performance capture workshop
July 8: The University is hosting a week-long intensive course for performance capture artists – the only one of its kind in the UK. Performance capture is all about digitally recording an actor’s movements and expressions to bring a character to life in 3D computer animation. It is the same technique used to create characters in movies such as The Lord of the Rings and Avatar. The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is hosting the workshop in partnership with performance capture specialists, Captivate Action.

Graphic designer’s talent recognised
July 6: Graphic Design’s Jamie Carr has won the New Designers People’s Vote Prize for his monochrome graphic music video for Kry Wolf’s ‘I Don’t Need No’ – award was open to all graduates shortlisted for the New Designers Screening Programme at its London show.

Skills advancing apace
June 30: The faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries has become only the second university in the UK to have staff trained to an advanced professional level in Avid software for film and television editing. Charlie Watts and Stephen Bellinger are now able to offer students and staff Avid User Certification at an advanced level (MC201/205), allowing them to more fully engage with industry and gain high-level skills.

University ethical food rewarded
June 24: The University of Portsmouth has received a Soil Association Food For Life Bronze award, for the work that St Andrew’s Coffee Shop does providing reassurance to students and staff that the food they are eating meets high standards of traceability, provenance and freshness. The University has also become a member of Hampshire Fare, a not-for-profit community interest organisation whose members are dedicated to producing, selling or serving local produce.

Photographer’s skill rewarded
June 19: Photography student Phoebe Bland has been given a student award by leading industry body Calumet as part of its programme to support emerging photographers. Phoebe is hoping to make a career in underwater photography. Her work can be seen on her website: and will also be on display at Portsmouth’s photography degree show at Shoreditch Town Hall in London from June 30.

Student wins top award
June 9: A Security Risk Management professional doctorate student, Chris Needham-Bennett, in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, has been voted Continuity and Resilience Consultant of the Year by the Business Continuity Institute in its European Awards. Chris, who is managing director of Needhams 1834, will now go through to the global awards in November. The Business Continuity Institute is the leading international membership and certifying organisation for business continuity professionals.

Seven out of five
June 3: A practitioner and academic in Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation, Omar Saleh, won hearts and minds at an international conference and financial forum for emerging Europe organised by The European Business Conference Group in Prague. The CFO Executive Summit is one of the largest for emerging markets in central and eastern Europe and is for senior financial officers in medium and large companies. Delegates not only voted Omar best presenter for content and style, some even gave him seven points on a scale of one to five.

Senior role for criminologist
May 21: Criminologist Dr Alison Wakefield has been appointed vice chairman of the largest membership organisation for security professionals in the UK, the Security Institute. She aims to use her new position to, among other things, support career progression in the security sector by clarifying career pathways and promoting education and continuing professional development. Dr Wakefield runs the BSc programme in Risk and Security Management and the Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management.

Dickens’ effort wins praise
May 19: Professor Tony Pointon has today won praise from the City Council for increasing the awareness and profile of the city nationally and internationally as the birthplace of Charles Dickens. He was presented with a Civic Award in recognition of his vision and dedication over many years for the commission of a sculpture of the writer and in seeking a sculptor who could achieve a work of art to reflect the achievements of the writer.

The politics of ‘fair’ on podium
May 15: Dr Matthew Anderson, of Portsmouth Business School, has been invited to give the Fair Trade Nation lecture at Scotland’s Fair Trade Forum held in the Scottish Parliament next week. Dr Anderson will discuss the consumer politics behind the movement and explore campaigns for fair prices for developing world producers of commodities such as tea, coffee, sugar and bananas.

Charity water bottles launched
May 13: The University has introduced a new line of charity water bottles in support of the RNLI. A proportion of the sale of each bottle sold will be donated to the RNLI and the University is the first place on the south coast to stock the water. The water was launched in the Waterhole Bar with a five piece band in attendance.

Grant win for ape research
May 11: Dr Marina Davila-Ross has won a grant from The Leakey Foundation, a private foundation that awards money to researchers working on human evolution. Dr Davila-Ross, from the Department of Psychology, will use the money to test whether facial thermal imaging can be used to compare subtle emotion changes in apes and humans.

Professor champions sports bras in live debate
April 17: Professor Joanna Scurr, head of the Research Group in Breast Health, has been invited to take part in a panel show on BBC Radio 5 Live. Professor Scurr will be talking live in the studio about her work researching the benefits of wearing sports bras. She said: “This is the first time the station has covered this important topic, so it’s a real honour to be included in the panel discussion. Lots of people rely on Radio 5 live to provide them with their sports news, so it’s great to be able to represent the academic side of the story.” Professor Scurr will be appearing at 8pm on Thursday April 23.

SEES researchers win awards
April 8: Two members of the Crustal Evolution Research Group in the School of Earth and Environmental Studies have been awarded prizes.
PhD student Emma Hart won a £150 prize for Best Oral Presentation at the Geochemistry Group Research In Progress Meeting held at University of Southampton. The title of the talk was “Mineral inclusions: a novel way to estimate HP-UHP metamorphic conditions from rutile”. In addition, Dr Penny Lancaster, Postdoctoral Researcher, has been awarded a Mineralogical Society Senior Travel Bursary of £350 towards her attendance at the international European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna in April.

New role for professor
March 31: Professor of accounting Lisa Jack was elected vice president of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) at its annual general meeting. She will be automatically be appointed president the following year until April 2018. BAFA aims to advance knowledge and understanding of education and research in all areas of accounting and finance.

Brain tumour lab visit
March 17: Former Lord Mayor Councillor Lynne Stagg took a tour of the world-class Brain Tumour Research laboratories at the University and thanked people across the city for their support in funding the vital work taking place there. During her visit she placed three tiles on the Wall of Hope which is dedicated to those lost to, and those living with, a brain tumour, the most lethal of all cancers. Each tile represents the £2,740 it costs to fund a day of research at the University’s Centre of Excellence.

Social Startup Portsmouth launched
March 2: Last week saw the launch of Social Startup Portsmouth, a collaborative partnership led by the University’s Student Enterprise Team, which aims to inspire and support people to develop and launch a social enterprise. To find out more about attending a workshop please visit:

Scientist wins poster prize
February 25: Ceri Roach, a first year MRes student and employee of Chemostrat, has won the Geological Society Regional Group Poster Prize at the 58th Annual Irish Geological Research Meeting. Ceri’s work is on the chemostratigraphic and biostratigraphic evolution of the Porcupine Basin and adjacent Slyne Basin in the Irish Atlantic Margin. Her new work uses samples recovered from wells and integrates geochemical and petrographic analyses of the stratigraphy and provides a calibration for the development of a bespoke mineral model for the basin.

Adding value to boardroom
February 24: Business people are being offered the chance to win a free place on a short course, the Value-Added Board, designed to help give current and aspiring directors everything they need to add value in the boardroom. A free taster evening on 9 March at Portsmouth Business School will outline the programme, which includes strategy, leadership, governance and finance, and those attending can enter a prize draw to win a free place on the next course, in May.
Adviser among best in UK
February 20: The University of Portsmouth’s student and graduate enterprise manager Dr Philip Ely has been named as one Britain’s top 50 business advisers. He is the only university-based adviser given an award by Enterprise Nation for his work with student and graduate start-up businesses and development of enterprise skills among students.

Do we ape emotions?
February 10: Dr Marina Davila-Ross, of the Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology, has received a Royal Society grant to test facial thermal imaging as a potential new method to study great ape emotion and communication. She hopes to find out if facial thermal imaging, used to detect subtle emotional changes in humans, can help find out if great apes have similar emotional repertoires to us. She will focus on rehabilitated and released orangutans in Borneo, sanctuary chimpanzees in Zambia and children in the UK.

Student-designed space opens
February 3: A new coffee shop, designed by students, has opened on the first floor of Eldon Building. The café, called Blank Canvas, was the brainchild of four interior design students and was created in conjunction with a local architect firm. Mr Nick Leach, head of catering services for the University, opened the café on Jan 29.

New outreach network
January 8: The University of Portsmouth has won funding to join a national network which will help more young people access higher education. The National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) is a new £22 million scheme involving over 200 higher education institutions and reaching 4,300 secondary schools and colleges. The scheme will deliver a nationally co-ordinated approach to working with schools, universities and colleges to help people access higher education. Portsmouth will be part of the Southern Universities Network covering Hampshire and Dorset.

Excellent student satisfaction
December 19: The University of Portsmouth is one of only 13 universities in the UK to be recognised for its international student satisfaction. Portsmouth received an ‘Excellent International Student Satisfaction’ award from StudyPortals, an international study choice platform. The awards are based on thousands of reviews and opinions from international students in Europe.

Economist wins award
December 10: Economist Dr Gianpiero Torrisi has won the 2014 Routledge RSA Award for Early Career Excellence for making an “original and outstanding contribution to the field of regional studies”. Dr Torrisi was awarded £500 and other benefits by the Regional Studies Association Award Committee.

A curator is born
December 9: Portsmouth illustration graduate Ashley John is the curator of ‘Lines of Best Fit’, a new exhibition at Portsmouth’s Aspex Gallery from December 16. After Ashley graduated, he won a year’s curatorial development post with the gallery, funded by Arts Council England. During that year, he worked with the gallery’s curator, but this exhibition is his first as an independent curator.

Law society president visits
December 5: Andrew Caplen, president of the Law Society, has spoken about the importance of easy access to legal aid in a talk at the University on Wednesday evening. Speaking to members of the public, staff and students in his first talk to a University since becoming president, Mr Caplen said that without access to justice the rule of law is just a concept.

Engineering geology success
November 19: An Engineering Geology and Geotechnics graduate has reached the national finals of Young Geoscientist of the Year 2014. Chris Kilsby was praised for giving a unique insight into the role of an engineering geologist during an offshore site investigation. He will compete against three others next year in the finals of the awards, which are organised by the Geological Society.

Bringing molecules to life with virtual-reality
November 14: An interdisciplinary team from UoP is among one of 15 groups selected from 270 to win £80,000 to explore 3D printing techniques and virtual reality. Dr Darren Gowers (School of Biological Sciences) is working with Drs Wendy and Vaughan Powell (School of Creative Technologies) to produce a new interactive learning tool for molecular bioscience students and researchers. The team hopes to improve learning outcomes in core STEM subjects and make molecular sciences more accessible for all.

ICG team discover super rare supernova
October 29: ICG supernova hunters Chris D’Andrea, Andreas Papadopoulos and Bob Nichol have found the second superluminous supernova in the second year of the Dark Energy Survey data. The object was identified by graduate student Andreas Papadopoulos and triggered for confirmation using the largest telescopes in the world. The team announced the discovery yesterday to allow other astronomers in the world to observe the object. Superluminous supernova are typically 50 to 100 times brighter than normal supernova but up to 1000 times rarer.

Speed TV star visits UoP
October 24: Motorcycle racer Guy Martin’s recent visit to the Extreme Environments Laboratory at the University is to be featured in an episode of his TV show Speed airing on Sunday, October 26, at 8pm. Guy will be testing the limits of his endurance by taking part in a 24-hour cycling challenge.

The science of artistic endeavour
October 7: Historian of science and physicist, Professor Arthur I Miller, is visiting the University on Wednesday October 8 to give a public lecture on his new book which looks at how science and technology relate to the art world. The lecture is free and open to the public and starts at 6.30 pm in the Eldon Building.

Climate change threat to deserts
September 30: Professor Andrew Goudie, from the University of Oxford, is giving a free public lecture in Portsmouth tomorrow on how deserts have evolved and how climate change might threaten their existence. The lecture, in the University’s Richmond building from 6-7pm, is organised by the University and the Royal Geographical Society (southern region). It will be followed by a drinks reception.

Terrorism suspects’ interviews examined
September 26: Professor Aldert Vrij and his research team have been awarded £160,000 to continue their work for the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, a US intelligence group set up by Barack Obama in 2010 to question terrorism and other major crime suspects. Professor Vrij and colleagues are exploring the effect of the presence of an interpreter in interviews on eliciting information, detecting deception and building rapport.

Dental Academy shines at awards
September 25: The Dental Academy has won a Shine Award for its work in the local community. Staff were awarded the ‘High Performing Education and Training Team of the Year’ for their enormous contribution working in and delivering education and training. The awards are organised by Health Education Wessex to recognise excellence in the NHS across Hampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight and South Wiltshire.

Mastermind takes on Hammer Horror
September 15: IS service delivery analyst Louise Broadbent will be appearing on Mastermind on BBC2 on Friday September 19.
Louise was quizzed on Hammer films spanning from 1958-1974, not just horror but scifi and comedy as well. The total number of films is in the region of 92.

Cosmologist speaks at astronomy fest
September 3: Professor Bob Nichol of the Institute of Cosmology will be speaking at the 10th annual Astronomy Festival on September 6. The festival is based at The Observatory Science Centre Herstmonceux, East Sussex. Professor Nichol will be speaking about supernovae and the accelerating universe.

Cosmologists’ papers most read
August 27: Two Portsmouth cosmologists’ research papers were in the top five of the Royal Astronomical Society’s most read online papers for July. One paper, by Dr Karen Masters, was the most popular all month. Both Portsmouth papers focus on Galaxy Zoo, a crowd-sourced astronomy project which invites people to help classify large numbers of galaxies.

Expatriate research shortlisted
August 21: Research by Dr Liza Howe-Walsh, of Portsmouth Business School, on employees who work abroad has been shortlisted for an award by the Forum for Expatriate Management. The Forum is the largest global network for practitioners working with expatriates and its awards, the Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs), are widely seen as the industry’s equivalent of the Oscars. Dr Howe-Walsh carried out her research as part of her Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) studies.

Best symposium award
August 11: Researchers Dr Liza Howe-Walsh and Dr Sarah Turnbull have won best international symposium at the Academy of Management. Their symposium ‘Bursting Pipeline: Gender, HR, And Avenues For Regional Development in The Arab Middle East’ won the 2014 Emerald Best International Symposium Award in Philadelphia, USA.

Conference looks at healthcare informatics
A conference that aims to look at the way we use information to deliver healthcare is being held at the University of Portsmouth. SIHI 2014: Informatics to deliver integrated care will be held on September 10 and is aimed at anyone involved in care services, health sciences, information systems and management. Tickets are available here

Professor guest edits oldest journal
July 16: The latest issue of the world’s first science journal Philosophical Transactions, which was initially published in 1665, has been compiled and edited by Professor of Ecology and Evolution, Scott Armbruster. The issue also features a paper on daffodil pollination by Dr Rocio Perez-Barrales from the School of Biological Sciences.

Historian wins Pollard Prize
July 9: Historian Dr Joanna Warson has been awarded the 2014 Pollard Prize from the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) for the best research paper by a scholar within one year of completing their PhD. Her paper ‘Beyond cooperation and competition: Anglo-French relations, connected histories of decolonisation and Rhodesia’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence, 1965-1980’ will be fast-tracked into the IHR’s prestigious journal, Historical Research.

Graphic design students’ coup
June 18: Two second year graphic design students have won awards from the Young Creative Network in an international contest usually entered only by final year students. Jack MacRae and Daniel Taylor each won for their app designs for the Department of Energy and Climate Change to boost awareness and inspire young people to adopt low-carbon energy lifestyles.

Spotlight on Tricorn
June 17: Portsmouth architecture students will present their plans for the Tricorn building at a public event examining why the concrete megastructure was built. The event on June 21 at the city’s museum includes an illustrated talk by the building’s architect, Owen Luder, and a comparative analysis of the building and Sydney Opera House by two University of Portsmouth architects. Other speakers will discuss the Brutalist Movement and the planners’ perspective. Tickets cost £20 and can be bought from the museum, telephone 02392 834737.

Call for war veterans
June 11: The University of Portsmouth is inviting war veterans aged 55 or older to help researchers design a ‘peer support’ service, where veterans who have overcome challenges and difficulties can work with other veterans currently experiencing their own challenges. Researcher Karen Burnell is keen to talk to anyone willing to discuss their experiences at the all-day event, which will take place on June 19 in Portsmouth. The day will involve taking part in group discussions about experiences of support, and refreshments and lunch will be provided. If you are interested or would like to find out more, please contact Karen on 023 9284 4407 or

Masters course accredited
June 2: The School of Languages and Area Studies course MA in Translation Studies has been awarded accreditation by the European Masters in Translation network. The course has been a member of the network, a project of the European Commission, since 2011, and was welcomed by assessors with praise for its flexible learning strategies, its technological and professional orientation, and its commitment to both teaching and research.

ICG professor engages
May 30: Professor Claudia Maraston, from ICG, has been highly commended in the ‘Public engagement with research to enrich cultural life’ category at the inaugural SEPnet Public Engagement Awards. She was nominated primarily for her role in setting up and running the ‘A Visit from Space’ programme in collaboration with Dr Daniel Thomas and Dr Jen Gupta. A Visit from Space includes a talk by Professor Maraston, classifying galaxies in Galaxy Zoo and making a scale model of the solar system. Working with the University’s education liaison and outreach team, the programme has targeted local widening participation schools, reaching over 500 key stage 2 pupils since summer 2013.
Student scholarship win

May 30: PhD student Nabeela Altrabsheh has recently returned from the Tenth Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning in Malta, which she was awarded a scholarship to attend. The event was designed to help students, like Nabeela, who are using technology to enhance education. Her research focuses on analysing student’s classroom feedback and presenting it to lecturers in real time, which can lead to vast improvements in teaching. Nabeela said: “The summer school was a fantastic opportunity, we were able to take part in different workshops and projects, as well as talk to other students and lecturers about research. On top of all this, we got to explore the beautiful country of Malta.”

Research wins award
May 22:Decision analysis expert Dr Alessio Ishizaka, in Portsmouth Business School, and his first year PhD student Kashif Jalal have won a research award for their paper, ‘A review of technology adoption models at firm level and a conceptual model to study cloud computing adoption in supply chains’. The award was given at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines conference in Texas.

What can we learn from macaques?
May 21: Dr Jerome Micheletta will discuss what we can learn from the behaviour of macaques at the next Cafe Scientifique. He will present recent work carried out at Marwell Wildlife and the Owl and Monkey Haven, which focuses on the social cognition and communication of the crested and rhesus macaques. He will also highlight how research can contribute to the improvement of animal welfare in captivity and how this information can be disseminated to the public. The talk will take place on May 27 at 8pm in Cafe Parisien and is free to all. For more information contact

CCi Book launch
May 15: The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is proud to support the launch of an eclectic mix of new publications from the fields of architecture, creative writing, film and television. Professor Lorraine Farrelly is behind ‘Designing for the Third Age: Architecture Redefined for a Generation of Active Agers.’ Dr Lincoln Geraghty has written ‘Cult Collectors: Nostalgia, Fandom and Collecting Popular Culture.’ ‘The Great Game: An Imperial Adventure’ is by Steven O’Brien and Deborah Shaw has produced ‘The Three Amigos: The Transnational Filmmaking of Guillermo Del Toro, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Alfonso Cuaron.’ The book launch will take place at Blackwells book store, Cambridge Road, PO1 2EF, on Tuesday 27 May 4-6pm

Orchestra and big band concert
May 14: The University of Portsmouth big band, orchestra and choir will be performing a concert at the John Pounds Centre this Saturday, May 17, at 7.30pm. The concert will launch UniFest, a series of events organised by drama and performance students in the School of Creative Arts, Film and Media. Tickets are available on the door, or in advance from 023 9284 3023.

Open evening
April 25: People considering studying to enhance their careers are being offered the chance to hear how a leading entrepreneur started his business. Richard Downs, chief executive officer of, is the guest speaker at Portsmouth Business School’s open evening next Tuesday in Richmond building from 5.30-7.30pm. Click here to book:

Soil expert talk
April 16:  Dr Paul Farres, Principal Lecturer in Geography was recently invited to the Netherlands to speak at the opening of the World Soil Museum. The opening of the museum, which is part of the which is part of the UNESCO-funded International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC), also featured talks from ecological film maker John Liu, as well as other soil scientists. The museum will showcase the ISIRC’s work on the importance of soils and soil science, as well as being a place where students can do research and scientists can convene. Dr Farres said, “I am honoured to have been invited to speak at a project which will make such a fantastic contribution to soils education.”

Researcher ‘truly outstanding’
April 9: Dr Sarah Gilmore, of Portsmouth Business School, and colleagues have won Best Paper Award from the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences for their research on rhetorical profiling. The paper was published last December and the awards have just been announced. The judges were professors from universities across North America and in parallel ranking exercises, all five unanimously ranked Dr Gilmore’s paper top and said it was ‘truly outstanding’. Dr Gilmore and colleagues win $CN3,000 and a plaque.

Gospel choir sings way to final
April 5: A group of singing students has been selected as one of eight finalists in a national gospel choir competition. The Portsmouth students will perform at the finals of the University Gospel Choir of the Year competition today in London. It’s the fourth year running the national competition has taken place, which aims to bring together talented individuals through music.

Researcher elected Fellow
April 4
: Dr Sarah Turnbull, a lecturer and researcher in marketing within Portsmouth Business School, has been elected a Fellow with The Chartered Institute of Marketing in recognition of her expertise and experience in marketing. She said: “I am honoured and delighted to be elected as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. I took my CIM Diploma over 25 years ago and professional membership has always been important to me.”

Law expert talks to students
March 28: Law students were given a talk on corporate governance this week by Simon Osborne, Chief Executive of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, an organisation which represents people working in governance, risk and compliance. The talk, titled ‘Evaluating Your Board (and why it matters)’ came at the end of a packed day of other career focused activities. Course Director of Postgraduate Law programmes Charles Barker said, “It was a great opportunity for the students to hear from the professionals, and learn about the fantastic careers that can be unlocked by qualifying as a company secretary.”

Geologist wins top award
March 19: Geologist Rob Strachan has been awarded the highly prestigious Clough Medal. Presented by the Edinburgh Geological Society, the medal recognises an individual for their significant contribution to the geology of Scotland. Professor Strachan, Head of School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, who was also awarded a medal in 2012 by the Geological Society of London for his research, said of his achievement: “It’s a great feeling to know that a lifetime of dedication to the field has been recognised by such a prestigious organisation.”

The search for extra-terrestrial life
March 5: A guest Lecture on ‘Searching For Extra-terrestrial Life in the Oceans of Europa, Jupiter’s Moon,’ is being delivered by Professor Carl Ross on Wednesday 5th March from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Light refreshments are available from 6.30pm to 7.00pm and the lecture commences at 7.00pm in Lecture Theatre B3-30 in the Burnaby Building, Burnaby Road, University of Portsmouth.

Exercise classes for diabetes sufferers 
February 26: New exercise classes for adults who suffer from, or are at risk of developing, type 2 diabetes, are being organised by Dr Andy Scott from the University of Portsmouth in partnership with two local colleges. The ‘Blood Sugar Exercise Magic’ classes are designed to provide people with diabetes an opportunity for friendly, structured exercise in a supportive environment, and a chance to interact with people with the same condition. For more information contact Portsmouth College on 023 9266 7521.

WW1 engagement centres announced
21 February:
As part of the commemoration of the World War One centenary which begins this year, the creation of five new WWI Engagement Centres was announced today. The Centres will support community World War One research projects, connecting academic and public histories of the First World War. Dr Brad Beaven, is co-investigator on the Gateways to the First World War Centre, part of a consortium of Universities including Portsmouth, Brighton, Greenwich and lead by the University of Kent. The projects are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Student film screened on Southbank
February 7: An animated film by a University of Portsmouth student has been selected to compete for the ‘best short’ at the British Animation Awards Public Choice competition. The film is one of few undergraduate pieces that will compete with films by postgraduate students from the Royal College of Art and the National Film School and alongside renowned experienced animators from the industry. Chavard Yordanov, studying BA (Hons) Animation, was selected for her animation,, which will be screened tonight at the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank. The film is currently showing on the Space exhibition wall at the Eldon Building and will be shown in Eldon Building’s screening room on 11 February at 3.00pm.

Big grant win for monkey research
January 27: Dr Bridget Waller and Dr Marine Joly have been awarded a €300k Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, which will allow Dr Joly to work in the Department of Psychology on a two-year project. The scientists will conduct research at the Owl and Monkey Haven on the Isle of Wight and at zoos in Germany and the Netherlands. They will study a species of monkey known as macaques, specifically looking at how cognition – such as memory, social communication and emotion – relates to the social structure of the species.

Professor gives cool talks
January 17: A University of Portsmouth Professor will be speaking in Norway at the largest international meeting of its kind addressing issues of development in the Arctic. Mike Tipton, Professor of Human Physiology, is giving two key-note speeches at the conference, <a href=””>Arctic Frontiers,</a> which is hosting over 1000 politicians, environmentalists, scientists and representatives from industries such as the oil industry. Professor Tipton will be speaking on Wednesday 22 January about Occupational health in the North: dealing with cold injury and cold immersion from both policy and medical and scientific perspectives.

‘Creating Balance’ launch
January 10:
The preview of an exhibition showcasing the work of some of Portsmouth’s best artists, designers and photographers is taking place at the Aspex Gallery tonight from 6 – 8.00pm. The ‘Creating Balance’ exhibition is the result of a year-long collaboration between the Portsmouth-based British lamp designer Anglepoise, the University of Portsmouth and community group, Strong Island.

Law academics advise Lords
January 9:  The research of Dr Annika Newnham, of Portsmouth Business School, and her former colleague Dr Maebh Harding on courts’ handling of disputes between separated parents was mentioned in a recent House of Lords debate and reported in Hansard. Dr Newnham said: “I am really pleased that our findings have been used to play even a small part in helping influence policy. It’s so important that reform isn’t just based on opinions and speculation and that children aren’t needlessly put at risk.” The Lords were discussing a controversial amendment to the Children and Families Bill and the Portsmouth researcher’s findings were cited by Baroness Howarth of Breckland.

€1m grant to clean oceans
December 16: Scientists at the University of Portsmouth have won a share of a €1m grant to help bring about long-term improvements in water quality within river basin catchments, estuaries and coastal waters in the English Channel. The project includes scientists from Portsmouth’s Institute of Marine Sciences and colleagues from the Universities of Le Havre, Rennes, Brighton and Plymouth, the West Country Rivers Trust, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, L’Ecole Superieure D’Ingenieurs des Travaux de la Construction and the Institute National de l’Environment Industriel et des Risques.

RICS President at University
December 10: The President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Michael Newey, will be visiting the University on Wednesday 11 December. He will spend time with students, academics and local RICS members and will deliver a public lecture in the evening. The lecture will focus on purpose, world changes, the importance of international standards and Michael’s thoughts on educating future surveyors. Michael graduated from what was then Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1986 with a degree in Urban Land Administration.

An evening with the stars
December 5
: The University and the Historic Dockyard are joining forces with BBC Learning to host an evening of stargazing on 7 January 2014. Visitors will get the chance to see amazing science demos and stunning images from the world’s best telescopes. The event is one of three national live events tied to the BBC Stargazing LIVE programme on BBC Two. Tickets are available via a lottery which is open until 11.55pm Tuesday 10 December. Visit

The Borgias in Portsmouth 
November 20:  The Borgia family were one of the most infamous in European history, celebrated for their ruthlessness and cruelty (Cesare); their sexual wantonness (Lucrezia) and their corruption of the Church (Rodrigo, who became Pope Alexander VI). Professor Enrique García Hernán, the world’s leading authority on the family, will deliver a public lecture on the realities that lie behind the myths. The ‘Ramón Pérez de Ayala Biennial Lecture’ is supported by the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy and honours the life and work of Ramón Pérez de Ayala (1881-1952), a distinguished novelist, poet and critic who was Ambassador to the Court of St James in the years 1931-6. Lecture: Wednesday 27 November 2013, 6-7pm, followed by a drinks reception, Park Building, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ.

Olympic Legacy
November 12: An Urban Geographer will be discussing the impact of the London 2012 Olympics at a free talk. Professor John R.Gold, from Oxford Brookes University, will explore the concerns related to the long term impact of large sporting events and cultural festivals. The joint lecture between the University of Portsmouth and the Royal Geographical Society is on Wednesday 13 November 2013 at 6.00 pm. Venue: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH. To book contact Maricar Jagger on 023 9284 3757.

Centre is blueprint for new initiative
October 28:  The first brain tumour Centre of Excellence, based at the University of Portsmouth, is to become the blueprint for a new centre. Eight British universities and hospitals are currently in a bid to become the next Centre of Excellence dedicated to research into brain tumours. The successful institution will have a similar funding partnership to the one the University of Portsmouth has with the charity, Brain Tumour Research, defining a new chapter in long term sustainable research. Currently brain tumours receive less than 1% of the national spend on cancer research, despite more children and adults under 40 dying of a brain tumour than any other cancer.

Research on the menu
October 22: More than 100 scientists from around the world who study an aspect of eating or drinking are expected to attend an international conference on food research, hosted for the first time by the University of Portsmouth next April. Delegates include those working in psychology, physiology, nutrition, and food science, including smell and taste. It is the 38th annual meeting of the British Feeding & Drinking Group and the local organiser is Dr Lorenzo Stafford of the Department of Psychology.  The conference is also a good platform for PhD students wishing to present their work and bursaries may also be available to support their attendance.  For further information including a link to registration see

Students volunteer at new Citizens Advice Bureau
October 18: Business School students will be amongst a team of volunteer advisers at the new Portsmouth Citizens Advice Bureau (PCAB) which is being opened by Princess Anne today. PCAB, which is funded by the Lottery, has teams of advisers made up from both paid staff and volunteers. They offer free, impartial and confidential advice in person, on the telephone and online to Portsmouth people. The service also operates in Cosham which is one of the most deprived areas of the city. Volunteers receive training and are supported by advice session supervisors. PCAB CEO, Lynne Davies, said: “The participation of law and accountancy students from the University will help to embed community volunteering in Portsmouth and will add to our capacity to deliver advice services to local people.”

Portsmouth authors’ book a first
October 11: A book written by two Portsmouth Business School academics was the first to be sold when professional body the Chartered Institute of Professional Development opened their e-bookstore. ‘Leading, Managing and Developing People’ is by Gary Rees and Ray French. CIPD’s commissioning editor Katy Hamilton said: “At CIPD our focus is on providing students with the information and resources that they need to succeed in their studies and in their work. Gary’s and Ray’s book was our first-ever e-book and there was much excitement in the office when we made our first sale.”

Astronomy talks in New Zealand
October 4: A University of Portsmouth cosmologist will deliver a series of research lectures in New Zealand, starting today. Dr Karen Masters will speak at the Beatrice Tinsley lecture series, organised by the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ) Lecture Trust. It coincides with the first New Zealand Starlight Festival in Tekapo. Beatrice Tinsley was a British-born astronomer who died at a young age but whose contributions to astronomy were significant. Dr Masters will talk about her work on the Galaxy Zoo astronomical project.

China visit
October 18: 
Dr Jiye Chen will be visiting China as part of a EU funded trip to share research expertise with Chinese businesses. He will be advising on the manufacture of composite materials and building components for developing a low carbon construction industry in China. The aim is to speed up green industries by reducing energy usage and CO2 emission, reducing the death rate in earthquake zones and contributing to a low carbon building material market. Dr Chen said that through collaboration with Chinese institutes and industries, he hopes to bring research contracts into university and increase its global impact.

Virtual reality to help older people
September 25: An expert in virtual reality from the University of Portsmouth has participated in a UK wide event that aims to develop radical ideas on how to protect older people in institutional long-term care. Dr Wendy Powell was one of only 25 participants to have been selected for the Technology Strategy Board’s national Long Term Care Revolution four-day workshop earlier this month. The workshop, also known as a ‘sandpit’, aims to stimulate ideas that will explore the potential for real social, structural and economic changes, as well as unlocking new markets in long term care provision fit for the 21st century.

Artist appointed to board
September 24: The University’s artist in residence, Jon Adams, has been appointed to the Arts Council’s south-west area council for three years. His and fellow council members’ role includes helping ensure public money is spent against an agreed strategy and in a way the public can see and support, and to act as a champion for the arts, culture and the council. Jon said: “’It’s a privilege to contribute to Arts Council’s strategy with an artist’s voice and work as an ambassador, especially in the fields of diversity and digital creativity.”

Rape coverage researched
September 18: In the aftermath of the brutal gang rape and murder of a woman on a bus in Delhi, social anthropologist Dr Tamsin Bradley has won funding to analyse the national and international media coverage of rape cases in India. Dr Bradley from the School of Languages and Area Studies will conduct the research in partnership with Professor Obaid Siddiqui from the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.

Cosmologists have 2020 vision
September 4:
The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth is celebrating winning new funding from Hefce and a range of other sources to help its continued collaboration in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) until the year 2020. The survey is operated by the Astrophysical Research Consortium, which uses a dedicated telescope at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico to study the evolution and distribution of galaxies. The survey produced the recent largest-ever 3D map of the Universe, featuring 356,477 new massive galaxies and 73,297 new distant black holes. Professor Bob Nichol, of ICG, said: “We are proud to continue our long association with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which has become one of the best astronomical surveys of the sky today. Portsmouth became a member in 2006 and this latest investment will allow our researchers to engage in world-class research until 2020.” ICG is the UK’s only full member of the project.

Gold award winner
August 19: Operations and system management scholar Professor Salvatore Greco has been awarded the MCDM Gold Medal 2013, the highest honour bestowed upon a researcher by the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making. Multicriteria decision making is an important branch of operational research, which Professor Greco researches and teaches part-time at Portsmouth Business School.

Are you the smartest primate?
August 16: UoP scientist Dr Bridget Waller and Dr Katie Slocombe from the University of York have developed two interactive games to compare human mental abilities with those of other primates, and give people a taste of what it’s like to study primates in the wild. The games were funded by a grant from the British Psychological Society. The interactive games were initially launched at Edinburgh Zoo and Marwell Wildlife earlier this year and are still available to visitors. The games are also available online at:

OECD consults Professor
August 7:
Professor Dan Finn has co-authored a chapter in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s flagship employment outlook publication for 2013 which examines labour markets around the world in the wake of the economic crisis. Professor Finn discusses key developments in the design and implementation of benefit systems, employment and training programmes and employment service arrangements in seven OECD countries.

Student wins Best Paper prize
July 30: PhD student Rashid Khan has won Best Paper at a conference in Texas for his research into students’ perception of the quality of IT courses. He presented his paper at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD) Conference in Dallas, Texas. Mr Khan, a lecturer at Dammam Community College, part of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, is studying part-time for a PhD at Portsmouth on e-learning in Saudi Arabia.

Shedding light on silver screen
July 30: Latin American film expert Dr Deborah Shaw, Reader in Film Studies, was one of the panellists at the London Mexican cultural festival, Mexfest, this month, alongside film director and actor Diego Luna and Independent on Sunday film critic Jonathan Romney. The panel discussed how accurate the picture of Mexico was as portrayed by Hollywood filmmakers. Dr Shaw’s book, The Three Amigos, on the filmmaking of Mexico’s three best known directors, is due to be released in September.

Paratriathlete is British Champion
July 23: UoP sports scholar Lauren Steadman has won gold at the British Paratriathlon Championships, held in Liverpool this month. Lauren won in the women’s Tri4 category. She is also European Champion in her category after winning at the European Championships earlier this year in Turkey, and she competed as a swimmer in the Paralympic Games in London last summer.

Student plays in Champions League
July 4: A second year journalism student scored a crucial equalising penalty for his side in their first qualifying round match of the UEFA Champions League. Levi Hanssen, who plays for Faroese side EB/Streymur during the University break, struck in the 69th minute against FC Lusitans from Andorrra, to make the final score 2-2.

Student TV channel films festivities
July 3: UoP student-run CCI TV has produced two back to back live shows as part of the recent Portsmouth Festivities, celebrating the city, its naval heritage, and the recent unveiling of the new Mary Rose museum. The videos also showcased the creative work of local school pupils, UoP artist in residence Jon Adams and percussionist Alonso Mendoza.

Two MBA scholarships
June 27: Innovative leaders have been given the chance to win one of two £17,600 scholarships to study part-time for their Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Portsmouth Business School. The scholarships aim to encourage greater innovation in the region and are being offered by Portsmouth Business School and the Cathedral Innovation Centre, supported by the Royal Society of Arts. The deadline for applying is July 24. For more information:

Professor advises board
June 20: Professor Mike Tipton is one of five experts appointed this week to a new technical advisory group reporting to the English Institute of Sport board. Members’ role is to provide strategic challenge and scrutiny to the technical development of the organisation. Professor Tipton, of the Department of Sport and Exercise Science, is an expert in thermoregulation and environmental and occupational physiology. He is a Trustee and Director of Surf Lifesaving GB, a Patron of the SARbot charity, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and, until this week, was Chair of UK Sport’s Research Advisory Group.

Researchers support film
June 17: Researchers from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Dr Diana Bretherick, Dr Paul Smith and Dr Claire Noble, are helping artist Jordan Baseman gain a deeper understanding of crime to inform his film ‘True Crime’. The researchers are providing their experience and contacts with offenders, victims and the police. Students from the Creative and Cultural Industries faculty are also involved with the film’s recording. The film will air in the Omega Centre in the autumn as part of Art South.

Lecturer is Sky Arts finalist
June 7: Dr Trudy Barber from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is one of 84 finalists selected from 2,000 entrants for the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Competition. The finalists are to take part in a competition that will be filmed and broadcast on the Sky Arts channel in the autumn. The winner will have their work displayed in the National Portrait Gallery and receive a £10,000 commission to produce a portrait of award-winning author Hilary Mantel, to be displayed in the British Library.

Golden opportunity
June 4: The 50th professional doctoral student has graduated from the University of Portsmouth, marking a continued commitment to being a leading university in training senior health and social science professionals. Graham Mills, who manages the programme in the University’s School of Health Sciences and Social Work, said: “It has been a great privilege to have been able to look after the programme for so many years and see it grow from strength to strength to become one of the biggest professional doctoral courses in the country.”

Investigating Conan Doyle
June 3: Dr Christopher Pittard has been awarded a grant of £55,000 to fund a PhD student to work with the Central Library and Portsmouth City Council on a project called ‘Possession and Obsession: The Case of Arthur Conan Doyle’. The project will start in October 2013.

Computer animation student commended
May 29: An animation student has won an award in an international competition. Pinyo Gulashart, who is in his final year of his BSc in computer animation, was highly commended in the CG Student Awards. Judges said his work was of the highest quality and deserved recognition and exposure.
You can view his submission here:

Excellence in support recognised
May 24: The University of Portsmouth has today been awarded the European Commission Human Resources Excellence in Research Award. Director of Research Professor Tara Dean said: “This award recognises the beginning of a step change in the way the University supports researchers with their careers. I am delighted that we have achieved this first step and I am very much looking forward to taking our excellence even further, growing the University’s researchers and the impact they have on the world around us.”

Young Interior Designer award finalist
May 23: Third-year interior design student Angelika Harris has reached the finals in the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Awards. Angelika is one of 12 finalists chosen from 80 design submissions from over 30 universities. The finalists’ work will be showcased at the awards ceremony in Covent Garden on June 5, when the winning project will be announced.

Student wins design award
May 20: Second-year graphic design student Lauren Bowers has won a YCN Student Award. Lauren won for her response to a creative brief set by Yahoo! The winners will attend an awards ceremony in London and all commended work is showcased in the pages of the YCN Student Annual.

Law students win work experience
May 7: Two UoP law students have won a week’s work experience with national law firm Clarke Willmott. Paige Jones and Adam Mathewson received the prize after winning an essay competition, and will complete a week at the firm’s Southampton office in July.

French Revolution revisited
May 17: History professor David Andress has edited ‘Experiencing the French Revolution’, a book that takes a new look at the period. Using a range of methodologies and a plurality of approaches, a team of experts offers fresh perspectives on the individual and collective experience of Revolution, both within and outside France.

Green MEP talk on Europe
April 26: Green Party MEP for the south-east, Keith Taylor, will speak about the workings of the European Union at the University of Portsmouth on Monday to mark Europe Day. He said: “I look forward to hearing from Portsmouth students and residents who have an interest and desire for an effective EU.” The event is being held in Park Building, King Henry I Street, from 1pm and is hosted by the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, which is rated top in the UK for its research on European studies.

Commendation for trainee architects
April 24: Students studying for a Masters in Sustainable Architecture have been Highly Commended by the Royal Institute of British Architects for their design proposal to make an area of London a friendlier place. The students’ design scheme was praised for incorporating a variety of diverse green and environmentally responsive solutions for the Vauxhall area of the capital.

Students discover the power of procrastination
April 22: A cartoonist who captures the life of postgraduate researchers has given a talk at the University of Portsmouth. Jorge Cham, creator of “Piled Higher and Deeper “ (, spoke to members of the University’s graduate school about the pressures of postgraduate study.

Supreme Council of Health visit
April 18: Three members of the Supreme Council of Health, Qatar, visited the University this week, where they met with the International Office, the Faculties of Science and Technology and the Business School. The Council is looking to expand its scholarship scheme for employees and high school students, which currently includes a student at the University’s Business School.

UoP film shortlisted for film festival
April 16: A university film about disability and prejudice has been shortlisted for the Staffordshire Film Festival, taking place April 25. Life at the Other End follows three members of the University of Portsmouth’s Social Work Inclusion Group as they work with a group of drama students to write and perform a play about the prejudices people with a disability often face, based on their own personal experiences. Dr Yohai Hakak directed the film, which was produced by the University’s media and production team. The film can be viewed at:

Student named Nurse of the Year
April 12: A University of Portsmouth student has been named Nurse of the Year 2013 in the Nursing Standard’s annual Nurse Awards. Matthew Hodson, who is studying for a professional doctorate on the nursing pathway, was presented with the award by TV presenter, broadcaster and journalist Fiona Phillips at a ceremony in London last month. Mr Hodson is a nurse consultant from Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Future engineers showcase projects
April 8: The School of Engineering have launched a student projects website enabling visitors to the school’s projects open day on April 26 to access details of the final-year projects ahead of the event. The site will help employers and industry experts decide which projects they want to find out more about on the day, so they can plan their time more effectively. To view the projects site go to:

Six years of success for boxing students
March 22: A team of boxers from UoP have won first place in two national competitions for six years in a row. The boxing team have beaten around 20 universities each year to win both the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships and the English University Boxing Series.

Commercially aware
March 18: Two School of Law students, Adam Mathewson and Paige Jones, have been awarded a prestigious essay prize by Clarke Willmott LLP solicitors. Students were invited to submit an essay on ‘Commercial Awareness for the 21st Century Lawyer’. Adam and Paige win work experience at Clarke Willmott’s Southampton office.

Prize for barefoot running student
March 11: A Master’s student has won a national dissertation award for his dissertation on barefoot running. Kevin Reeves, who studied MSc Sports Performance, has been awarded the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences Masters Dissertation of the year award. Kevin is the first UoP student to have won this award, however in four out of the past five years, students have won the Undergraduate Dissertation of the Year Award.

Student awarded scholarship
March 7: Sarah Arnold, University Records Manager, has been awarded a scholarship to study digital preservation. Sarah will attend a Digital Preservation Training Programme in March along with seven other successful candidates. The applicants were assessed against three main criteria, the potential benefits to their future careers, benefits to their organisation, and the extent to which the organisation is committed to digital preservation.

Graduate shortlisted for award
March 4: Vinesh Pomal, a UoP alumni who recently graduated with a degree in Architecture, has been nominated for the Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme. The scheme involves celebrating young professionals and their achievements, in particular those within the construction industry. Vinesh will be in with a chance to win a year long mentoring programme. An iPad will also be presented to the overall winner.

Royal TV Society nominations
February 22: Two films produced by BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting graduates have been nominated in the regional Royal Television Society Awards. Men of Magic, by Richard Bearpark, and Losing Sight of the Glory, by Glenn L Smith, were produced when the two were still students. Glenn is currently working for Gearhouse Broadcast as a camera operator for the Al Jazeera Network and Richard is a video producer working for IGN Entertainment.

Support grows for industrial bursary
February 15: Global consulting group Atkins and testing house Environmental Services Group have joined the industrial bursary scheme for BEng (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, which provides paid year-long placements and training. Atkins is also offering a £500 award for the best final-year project. The Terry Crabb Memorial Trust is also offering a £500 award.

Student shortlisted for award
February 12: Construction engineering management student Bisrat Solomon Degefa has been nominated for a National Placement and Internship Award. Nominated by one of his placement employers NGM Surveys, Bisrat is the second University of Portsmouth student to be shortlisted for an award. He is a finalist in the category for Best Student Contribution to a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise, along with fellow nominee Kristina Angelova, a student in the Business School.

Grow your business
February 5: Internationally renowned entrepreneurship expert, Robert Craven, will be running a practical session to demonstrate the top ten tips for business growth at the University on March 20, from 6-8pm. This networking event is open to all and is free, with donations to Brendoncare Foundation. To book, visit:

Funding win for Alzheimer’s research
January 22:Dr Jerome Swinny, from Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded £80,000 PhD studentship funding from the Alzheimer’s Society to try and discover if the depression, anxiety, and aggression common in Alzheimer’s disease patients are caused by different chemicals in the brain to those which cause the same conditions in people without the disease. The team hope the results will lead to new ways to improve treatment for people with Alzheimer’s.

Researcher to study chemicals in water
January 14: Dr Alex Ford, of the School of Biological Sciences, has been awarded £250,000 to study the effects of antidepressants in the water on aquatic life. It will be a two year study with colleagues in France. Dr Ford will be working as part of Professor Darek Gorecki’s grant from the EU to look into the potential use of peptides in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.

FBI funding for psychologist
January 8: Professor Aldert Vrij has won two grants from the FBI to study different aspects of interview technique. The first project will look at how investigators can build rapport with non-native interviewees, how they can tell if they’re lying, and ways of getting the most accurate information from them. The second project will look at how the use of two interviewers influences the result of an interrogation.

Researcher is awarded US trip
January 2:Dr Siobhan Watkins from the School of Biological Sciences has been awarded the Heatley-Payne Award from the Society for General Microbiology.

The award means she will be paid to attend and present at the American Society for Microbiology annual conference in Denver, Colorado, in May 2013. She will also spend three weeks at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore, Maryland, conducting research into cyanophage genomics.

Success for Stina film makers
December 17: Foam Digital, a visual effects facility that operates out the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, has received £53,000 from the Higher Education Investment Fund for the development of Stina & the Wolf.

Stina & the Wolf is a computer animated feature film which uses performance captured live actors, (similar to the process used in Avatar) and a mix of 2d and 3d animation. You can view the website here.
Last desperate moments brought to life
December 12: Dr Dominic Fontana will use Tudor art, geography, history and archaeology to bring to life the last desperate minutes that ended in the sinking of King Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, in the Solent in 1545 in a talk at the National Archives in London tomorrow. Dr Fontana is a leading expert in the subject and in using GIS data and has taken part in many television documentaries on the ship’s sinking.

Ice music podcast available
December 10:Professor Mike Tipton has been working with Norwegian composer Terje Isungset on an ice-related piece of music called The Fingers, sponsored by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award (presented by Fuel, The Roundhouse and UCL Ear Institute). The piece, available as a podcast here, looks at the way we use our fingers everyday and is juxtaposed with Professor Tipton speaking about the effect of extreme temperature on the fingers.

Grant win for molecular biologist
December 6:Dr Anastasia Callaghan, Senior Fellow in Structural Molecular Biology, has been awarded over £300,000 pounds to research metabolism in cells in the body.
The funding, awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), will allow the team to build on earlier research that looks at the way gene levels are regulated in bacteria. The research could eventually mean big changes for industries as diverse as medicine and food production.

New literary magazine
December 3: A new literary magazine, The Portsmouth Review, celebrating the “eclectic and diverse work” of University of Portsmouth students and alumni is to be launched at Blackwell’s on Wednesday. The quarterly magazine, featuring short stories, micro-fiction, poetry, non-fiction, reviews and visual art, will be available online and print-on-demand. Its co-editors, Garrett Monaghan and Sally O’Reilly, say they hope it builds on the city’s rich literary heritage and becomes an integral part of the city’s creative life.

Star-gazer short-listed
November 29: Dr Karen Masters, an astronomer at the University of Portsmouth, was short-listed for a prestigious Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Excellence award. The award recognises inspiring women who actively promote science, engineering and construction to girls and young women. Karen was chosen for her dedication to promoting careers in STEM to young women. The award was won by Jia-Yan Gu, a researcher in semantic technology for BT.

Rewarding health research
November 26:UoP has sponsored an award at the NHS Isle of Wight ‘Celebrating Excellence and Innovation in Health Care on the Island’ awards . The University awarded Clare Louise Sandell an award for her research into the incidence of surgical site infection.

Cool in a crisis
November 22: University staff and students have been involved in a council-run exercise to test emergency response time. The drill involved actors pretending to be overcome by fumes in St Michael’s building. All emergency procedures were followed correctly and the event was declared a big success.

Tweeting from the North Pole
November 7:Two polar explorers are due to visit the Department of Sport and Exercise Science this week. Alex Hibbert and Justin Miles are about to embark on The Dark Ice Project. They will be testing equipment in the cold chamber, including an iPhone in a protective case that they will use as a camera, to check email, and to tweet.

Professor Tipton wins best paper
October 30: Professor Mike Tipton is today being presented with a prize for best research paper in the journal, Institute of Health Promotion and Education, at the House of Commons. He was the UK member of the international taskforce which put together guidelines in response to 3,280 people dying from immersion-related incidents each day, the second most common cause of accidental death in most countries of the world.

Police Crime Commissioners first debate
October 22: The University is hosting the first debate by the candidates for Hampshire and Isle of Wight’s new Police Crime Commissioner role tomorrow in St George’s, 1:08, from 10am-midday. Co-ordinated by Barry Loveday, of the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, the six candidates setting out their vision for policing are Jacqui Rayment [Lab], David Goodhall [Lib Dem], Stephen West [Ukip], Simon Hayes [Indep], Don Jerrard [Justice and Anti-corruption party] and Michael Mates [Con].

Professor to look inside peptides
October 16: Professor Darek Gorecki and his team are part of a collaboration of 23 research teams who have won Eur 5 million funding from the EU to look into the potential use of peptides in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries. Peptides play a vital role in human physiology and pathology, but still face limitations in practical use. The collaboration will look to develop a unique peptide discovery and application platform.

Probation officers get advice from graduate
October 10: A graduate who is working as a probation officer has had his first book published. Jonathan Hussey graduated from University of Portsmouth with a BA in Community Justice Studies. The book, which is aimed at readers working with offenders in the Probation Service, is called Reoffending. It will be available at the end of the month.

Pharmacy grad earns national prize
September 26: Recent pharmacy graduate Rosaline Kennedy has been named Royal Pharmaceutical Society pre-registration trainee of the year. Rosaline, who graduated in 2011 and who now works for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, was awarded the title due to her work in educating patients about the risk factors for strokes and how to avoid them.

Engagement rewarded
September 3
: Comparative psychologist Dr Bridget Waller, University of Portsmouth, and Dr Katie Slocombe, University of York, have been awarded a collaborative grant of £20,000 by the British Psychological Society in recognition of their impressive public engagement. Dr Waller has established the world’s first cognitive study centre for rare Sulawesi crested macaques in partnership with Marwell Wildlife. By interacting with computer touchscreens the monkeys give scientists a window into their memory, communication skills and emotion. Dr Waller said: “The interactive research centre offers the scientific community and the public visiting Marwell Wildlife a unique and invaluable opportunity to study these fascinating animals.”

Be-productive seminar
August 29: A free seminar to help creative people become happy and productive is to be held at the University’s Dennis Sciama building on Monday, September 10 from 1.30-5.30pm. Guest speaker Paola Campari-Moss, director of the University’s Creative Industries Business Advice and Skills unit (CIBAS), said: “The seminar will help people enhance their creativity and allow them to network with their creative peers. The event is being run by Ardent Hare, which supports disabled and deaf artists, and will be useful to anyone interested in self employment through creative means.” To find out more, telephone 01622 685694.

Professor patron
August 24: Extreme environment expert, Professor Mike Tipton, has become the patron of SARbot, a charity which provides staff and technology to search for people under water, increasing the chance of finding casualties and reducing risks to search and rescue teams. Professor Tipton said: “I’m honoured to have been asked. The capability that SARbot offers will, when used in conjunction with existing emergency service capability, reduce the time taken to find people in water and increase the chance of rescuing people alive. Importantly, their work also reduces the danger to our rescue services. Sadly, these capabilities have been much needed this summer.”

Exhibition film online
August 20: A two-minute video based on an exhibition inspired by Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities, is now available to watch online.  It is made by artist, Suki Chan, of her sound installation exhibition project A Hundred Seas Rising, currently showing at Aspex Gallery until 2 September. A Hundred Seas Rising explores how literature might be implicated in the imagination and trajectories of revolutions and was commissioned in response to London 2012 by Aspex, the University of Portsmouth CCI SPACE and Quay Arts, Isle of Wight.

Cosmologist in Beijing
August 9: Dr Karen Masters has been asked to present one of just four ‘invited discourses’ at the forthcoming General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Beijing later this month. She join one of the 2011 Physics Nobel Prize winners on the podium and will be talking about the work of Galaxy Zoo and what it’s taught cosmologists about the different types of galaxies in the universe and how they relate to each other.

Graduate’s Olympic experience
August 7: Recent UoP Journalism graduate Zach Ward has been volunteering as a Games Maker for London 2012. Zach has been negotiating London traffic in order to drive Olympic Delegates to and from sporting venues – read more…

Bells ring in Eldon for Olympics
July 26: At 08:12 a.m. on 27th July 2012, thousands of people across the UK will be joining together to ring in the first day of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. University Artist in residence Jon Adams will be ringing a handmade bell in the Eldon Building as part of Work No. 1197: All the Bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes by Turner Prize-winning artist and musician. If you would like to take part, come along on 27th July at 8am to the Eldon Building, ready to ring your bell at 08.12 – 12 hours before the start of 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

IS shortlisted for national award
July 26: The new student portal (Myport), which brings together news, events and support services, plus students’ personal information, has been shortlisted in a national competition designed to showcase excellence in teaching and learning using Google Apps. The competition is run by Google and the Association for Learning Technology and the winners will be announced next week. Stuart Graves, IS Service Delivery Manager who worked on Myport with colleagues from IS and Marketing said: “I am so delighted that all of the hard work put in by the project team, especially the developers, has been recognised by two leading organisations. Myport was worked on for over a year, using untried technology, and the fact that we are shortlisted by Google / ALT shows that our students will be benefitting from an excellent new portal, available via their student Google accounts.”

Students’ Union first
July 20: The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union is the first organisation in Portsmouth to win prestigious national recognition by being awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard. Student volunteers gave nearly 5,000 hours of volunteering to 17 local and national organisations last year. Godfrey Atuahene Junior, President of UPSU said: “We are delighted to be recognised for our commitment to volunteers. As an organisation, we strive to have a positive impact with every Portsmouth student and this year, have offered a number of new volunteering opportunities.”

Marketing tops table
July 19: The Marketing Department won the University staff sports day on points with a triumphant team of nine, called ‘Follow the Reader’, taking home winners’ rosettes for the second year running. Marketing campaigns officer Chris Bulman, who joined the team for the first time this year, said: “We reached five out of six finals and were way out in front in the sack race. It was our attitude that helped us win.”

Economics reports on dockyard
June 29: The Department of Economics has produced a report about the future of the Portsmouth Dockyard, commissioned by the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The report looks at the effects of the Dockyard’s presence in the city and at its wider impact on the region’s economy.

Prestigious posts
June 26: Professor Munir Maniruzzaman, School of Law, has been re-elected to the council of the International Chamber of Commerce Institute of World Business Law, a think-tank providing research, training and information to the legal profession. Professor Maniruzzaman has also been appointed visiting professor of international law at China’s largest university for the subject, China University of Political Science and Law, and has been reappointed for three years a member of the advisory board of Foreign Direct International Arbitration Moot to advise on international arbitration and investment regulation.

Researchers ‘outstanding’
June 26:
A 1970s British cinema research project undertaken by academics in the School of Creative Arts, Film and Media has been given a rare award of outstanding by the Arts Humanities and Research Council. The project – 1970s British Cinema, Film and Video: Mainstream and Counter-Culture – was recognised for furthering research in the field and laying foundations for future research. Professor Sue Harper, Dr Dave Allen and Dr Justin Smith were praised the for the quality of their work, including a website, scholarly articles, two books, conferences, TV and radio broadcasts, and invited lectures.

Google comes to Portsmouth
June 15:
A conference about using google apps for education is taking place on campus today.  There will be presentations by Google and several European universities about how they use Google and Google Apps and amongst a wide range of sessions there will be discussions on embedding Google Apps in the institution and deploying Google Apps into the curriculum.  The conference is hosted jointly with the University of Loughborough and Google.

STEM event for girls
June 13: 
Teenage girls from local schools with a flair for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects are attending a one-off event to encourage them to further their studies.  The pupils, age 13-14, will join University lecturers at a hands-on event where they will take part in activities connected with architecture, computing and product design.  40 pupils from eight local schools will be building a model car, designing a computer programme to make sweets and learning about building bridges by constructing a structure to support chocolate bars.

Champion in and out of water
June 6: Portsmouth sports science graduate and champion swimmer Tara Stroud (née Hutt) has been nominated for the Fitness Industry Association’s Future of Flame Award, which recognises outstanding individuals who consistently deliver results above and beyond the call of duty. Tara worked at the University after graduating before six years ago moving into the fitness sector to work for Leisure Connection. As head of swimming, she has seen user participation increase across the company’s 40 pools by 33 per cent.

Best teacher awards
May 29: For the second year, the Students’ Union will be honouring excellent teachers and student support at the Golden Apple Teaching Awards on Thursday at 5.30pm in Portland atrium. Prizes will be awarded to Most Inspiring Teacher; Best Feedback; Learner Support; Personal Tutor; Outstanding overall positive impact on students; Outstanding department; and a new award, the Postgraduate choice award.

Two new roles
May 25: Dr David Hutchinson, environment facilitator for the University’s Environment Network is “honoured and excited” to have been appointed environment and health science coordinator for two nationally-funded initiatives designed to help protect human, plant and animal health – The Environmental Exposures and Health Initiative and the Environmental and Social Ecology of Human Infectious Disease.

Inaugural lecture
May 15:
Professor Dareck Gorecki  will give his inaugural lecture on Wednesday 16 May on the subject of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  The disease is the most severe and common form of muscular dystrophy and one of the most commonly inherited disorders in men, with the risk of having an affected child being about 1 in every 3500 male births.  This event is FREE and tickets can be booked through

Brains break records
May 8: An exhibition about the human brain, curated by the University’s Dr Marius Kwint, is set to become the Wellcome Collection’s most visited exhibition.  The exhibition, which runs until 17 June, has so far had the highest number of daily visits in the organisation’s history

The One Show film on campus
May 8: 
A film crew from the BBC’s ‘The One Show’ have spent a day filming in the Extreme Environmental laboratories for a feature on hibernation.  They interviewed Professor Mike Tipton about the effect of cold on the human body.

PR legend visits University
May 3
: Celebrity Public Relations guru, Max Clifford, gave a talk to students at the University yesterday.  Well-known for the rich and famous clients he represents, Mr Clifford spoke for half an hour before spending over an hour taking questions from an audience of journalism and media studies students.

Campus on show
May 2: Sixty international agents from 20 countries are visiting the University of Portsmouth this week to meet staff and see first-hand the facilities, campus and city. They will also meet students and attend an awards ceremony with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Rebecca Bunting.

Bees draw a crowd
April 25: The University recorded its biggest ever audience for Cafe Scientifique in Portsmouth since its inception in 2006.  Last night there was standing room only in Café Parisien as more than 70 people attended a discussion lead by the UK’s only Professor of Apiculture, Francis Ratnieks, who talked about the amazing qualities of honey bees.  The audience was a mixture of people from bee keeping enthusiasts to the plain curious.

Economist on video gaming panel
April 23: Joe Cox has been asked to appear on the panel for a special session on the economics of video gaming, at the 2012 Association of Cultural Economics International Conference in Kyoto.

Accounting paper wins prize
April 17:
An accounting review paper by Portsmouth Business School Professor Lisa Jack, which reviews the history of fair value accounting, has been awarded the best article prize by the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA).

April 2:
Professor Will Percival is leading a consortium of researchers at four UK Universities which have been awarded development funding for a future astronomical experiment called ‘BigBOSS’. He said: “The experiment is extremely exciting – it would observe twenty billion distant galaxies, mapping the cosmic web out to unprecedented distances.”

Sky talk
March 6:
Sky IQ’s Head of Marketing will speak about ‘The Art of Now, the Next and the Possible – the future of marketing and the customer experience’ at a Portsmouth Business School open evening on Tuesday 13th March, 2012.

Business School hosts Lean conference
February 16: The Business School recently hosted the fifth international conference on ‘Lean’ practices in higher education and services, which saw over 80 delegates from a wide range of organisations and countries share best practice on ‘Lean’ – a concept which challenges organisations to improve their value.

Professor wins fellowship
February 15: The Head of Economics at Portsmouth Business School has won a prestigious fellowship to conduct research at Rhodes University in South Africa. Professor Alan Collins has been awarded the Hobart Houghton Research Fellowship.

Happiness Study
January 9:
A 12-month study to measure people’s levels of happiness is being conducted by a University of Portsmouth sociologist. Dr Laura Hyman will carry out the research in partnership with BBC Radio Solent to examine how people feel about their lives in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Dorset.

Game Jam
December 23:
Around 100 students from France and Denmark showcased their video game building skills at a week-long ‘Game Jam’, organised by a UoP Creative Technologies lecturer and three students. Teams had to make a video game from scratch in just one week. The Game Jam was hosted in Rouen, France, but students took part remotely from 10 other locations across France and Denmark.

Street smart
December 20: Dancers from across Portsmouth coached by UoP staff and students won first prizes in a recent county street dance championship.
Up For Sport dance development officer Carly-Ann Purcell said: “I am so proud of all my dancers, they have worked incredibly hard. We now can’t wait to perform at the university’s Most Wanted Dance Off at the Kings Theatre in February.”

TV crew visit
December 18: A Vietnamese television crew interviewed staff and students on campus recently as part of a promotional film for Vietnamese students considering studying at higher education level in the UK.

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