Building a successful University

In 1869, our earliest predecessor institution was established, the Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and Art. The University now has over 23,000 students and is the 37th best University in the UK, according to the Guardian University Guide 2018. View this timeline to find out more about key events that led to our success as we develop and grow in an ever changing world.

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School of Law opens a courtroom

The School of Law opens a courtroom, used to provide law students with a real experience of working in a courtroom.

Dennis Sciama Building opens

Dennis Sciama Building opened, a purpose-built teaching and research building. Currently home to our world-leading Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

Extension to William Beatty

Extension to William Beatty accommodates dental students from our partnership with King’s College London.

University of Portsmouth appoints new chancellor

Sheila Hancock OBE was appointed Chancellor of the University for a five-year term. Sheila attended every one of the 70 graduation ceremonies since she was installed as Chancellor, an achievement and commitment that was unequalled. She also visited every part of the University as well as respresenting the University locally and nationally.

Library expansion opens

An £11 million expansion of the University Library is completed and opened in January 2007 by crime author PD James.

Spinnaker Building opens

Spinnaker Building opens as a purpose built building for the Department of Sport and Exercise Science.

New dental building opens

William Beatty Building opens as a purpose built dental building for professions related to dentistry.

Richmond Building opens

Richmond Building opens and the Portsmouth Business School relocates from its former home on the Milton campus which later closed down.

St Pauls Sports Centre opens

Sports facilities are developed for staff and students.

Margaret Rule Halls opens

Margaret Rule halls of residence has 342 city centre rooms in self-contained flats for 3 to 8 students each. Located in the heart of the city centre, near the Portsmouth and Southsea train station. In 2016 Unite took over management of the building.

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