On this day in 1992 Portsmouth Polytechnic was renamed the University of Portsmouth.
At the inauguration ceremony at the Guildhall, property developer Lord Palumbo was installed as chancellor.
A service of dedication was held at St Thomas’s Cathedral in Old Portsmouth and a ball held in Ravelin Park.
In the late 1960s, 30 polytechnics had been set up by the Labour government to ensure there was some democratic accountability in the running of higher education and to cope with the growing demand for full-time and sandwich courses.
Portsmouth was considered one of the largest and best-performing polytechnics in the country – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days