More than a degree: Portsmouth University celebrates scholarship, military studies and board game birthday

Maddie goes to Pompey: New recipient for Portsmouth FC Scolarship. Photo by Karen Bornhoft PhotographyMaddie goes to Pompey: New recipient for Portsmouth FC Scolarship. Photo by Karen Bornhoft Photography
Maddie goes to Pompey: New recipient for Portsmouth FC Scolarship. Photo by Karen Bornhoft Photography
Portsmouth University has a lot to shout about this month – from sponsoring students to an update for a Portsmouth board game, devised by a student.

Portsmouth FC Scholarship gets new recipient

Maddie Long has been selected as the third recipient of the Portsmouth Football Club Scholarship.

The scholarship - a result of the partnership between the University of Portsmouth and the football club - grants £3,000 worth of funding for each year of a three-year course and is designed to support young people local to Portsmouth in their higher education studies.

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First national symposium on professional military education. Supplied picture

Along with the financial support, Maddie will also have the opportunity to work directly with the club over the period of the scholarship to gain direct work experience.

Maddie, from Bognor Regis, is living in Portsmouth for her studies. She started her Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences (Dual Degree) BSc degree with the University last month - this is a four-year course, which includes spending her third year living and studying at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, said they were delighted to welcome Maddie: “The purpose of this partnership is to inspire young people and to show them that University is an option for them. It’s great to have the scholarship to support people who might be hesitant to apply due to the finances, who can then come and enjoy the experience and do fantastically well and go on to a great career.”

Richard Hughes, Sporting Director at Portsmouth Football Club, said: “Maddie, as a scholarship recipient, will not only receive essential funding but will also gain exposure to invaluable experiences that will contribute immensely to her personal and professional development.”

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On sale now in time for Christmas. Supplied picture

First national symposium on professional military education

The University’s Portsmouth Military Education Team hosted the first symposium on professional military education (PME) for all three of the UKs military academies dealing with initial officer training.

The Portsmouth Military Education Team deliver PME at two sites nationally for the Royal Air Force, one at the RAF College for all new officers and one at RAF Halton for all other ranks of serving aviators. The team brought together their counterparts from the Army at Sandhurst and the Navy at Dartmouth in London for a special event held at the Churchill War Rooms.

It was the first opportunity for the teams at the three defence academies to share best practice and begin to directly collaborate on PME. Representatives agreed to hold a regular in-person annual symposium and half yearly online meetings to coordinate future plans. These include developing a systematic approach to peer observation and exchanges of academics across the three academies to further build understanding and cooperation, as well as developing published material on the state and value of PME in the UK.

Heber Ackland, University of Lincoln’s Programme Director for Project Selborne, which includes the Maritime Studies Centre at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, said: “This excellent initiative from the Portsmouth Military Education Team was a great opportunity to join together with academic colleagues from RAF Cranwell and Halton, and RMAS Sandhurst, to share good professional practice and ideas for the future of PME in the British Armed Forces.”

If you would like to know more about the Portsmouth Military Education Team, please contact Dr Tom Smith at [email protected] or [email protected]

New 20th anniversary special edition of Destination Portsmouth board game – on sale now

The University's award-winning Ravelin Sports Centre and Innovation Connect spaces are featured in the new 20th anniversary edition of the Destination Portsmouth Board Game, created by Entrepreneur in Residence and Innovation Connect member Rachel Lowe.

The taxi game takes you on a journey through the streets of Portsmouth collecting fares from attractions, landmarks and businesses. This special edition is 2 games in 1 with a double-sided board featuring a day shift and a night shift.

Rachel had the idea for the game whilst working as a cab driver locally to pay her way through her Law degree at the University of Portsmouth. She entered her idea into the University Enterprise Challenge and used the cash she won to set up her first company.

Destination London and Destination Portsmouth were the first two editions to be launched. Destination London found success in Hamley’s of London, hitting the headlines when it became the store’s Christmas Number 1 best-selling product, outselling Monopoly; despite her idea being famously shot down by the Dragon’s when she appeared with her game in the very first series of BBC Dragon’s Den.

Destination Portsmouth sold out within two weeks of its launch locally. This year, Destination is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a planned roll out of the regional Destination Board Games, starting with her home town of Portsmouth.

Rachel said: “I am so very proud to have created something that shines a light on our beautiful city. Some of my fondest memories of childhood were playing board games with my family. Christmas Day this year will see many locals playing the new 20th anniversary edition.”

In addition to University locations, a total of 93 local destinations have made it into the new edition including locations on the day shift such as The D-Day Story, South Parade Pier, Coffee Cup, Southsea Laser Clinic, STR Group and Portsmouth Football Club. For the night shift you will visit locations which include Gunwharf Quays, Southsea Brunch Klub, Giuseppe’s Restaurant, The Gaiety Southsea and Meat and Barrel.

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