University of Portsmouth: Why study in the city, and what support is available?

Should I stay or should I go? Here, the University of Portsmouth outlines its advice on the merits of location, location, location when it comes to study.

The University of Portsmouth recruits undergraduate and postgraduate students from over 150 countries each year. We are Gold Rated for the quality of its teaching in the latest Office for Students’ Teaching Excellence Framework, and are ranked 33rd among all universities in The Guardian Good University Guide. 

While immensely proud of our global reputation, the mainstay of our recruitment is students from Hampshire and the South of England, with more than half of new students joining from the PO postcode area. 

Benefits of studying locally

Options for graduates

Many Portsmouth graduates choose to stay in the region after they finish their studies – 53% of graduates who work in England choose to do so within the South East Region, with 38% choosing to stay and work in Portsmouth, 11% in Southampton, and 18% in other parts of Hampshire.

To help businesses attract and recruit the candidates they need, we have our own Graduate Recruitment Consultancy, placing graduates in a variety of roles, in public and private sector organisations in Hampshire and the South of England. 

Based within the Careers and Employability Service, we employ three full-time recruitment consultants, all with commercial recruitment backgrounds, to register final year students and graduates and work with them to introduce them to employers. 

The team uses a variety of methods to promote roles on behalf of employers to final-year students and graduates, matches relevant CVs to roles, and arranges interviews on behalf of employers. The team relays feedback to graduates on behalf of businesses, and assists with salary negotiation and successful onboarding. The team can also advise employers on the best ways to attract candidates. 

As a result, employers return year-on-year to partner with the Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help source local graduates. This includes large graduate recruiters which choose to recruit directly via the team alongside their own large-scale graduate recruitment programmes. 

 To request a copy of the University’s employer brochure outlining employer services, or to speak to a member of the team, email [email protected]

Skills Bootcamp success

Congratulations to the dynamic mix of 25 enthusiastic participants who completed our Skills Bootcamp in Creative Management last month. 

The free two-week intensive programme delved deep into the essential skills desired in the creative industry. It explored various skills in self-leadership, entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and responsible management.

One participant said: “Really informative, already feeling more empowered moving forward in my own business.”

The Bootcamp is delivered in partnership with Portsmouth Creates CIC and Solent Partners, and has a host of specialists delivering workshops alongside creatives and guest speakers from across the industry. Successful applicants will receive work shadowing and mentoring as part of the programme.

Missed out? Don’t worry, you can register your interest for the next cohort starting on Monday 11 March here.

Digital Marketing degree apprenticeship

Spring sees the arrival of daffodils, Easter eggs and our Digital Marketing degree apprenticeship.

All of which are very welcome on our campus - but only one of which will help your business to understand changing digital technologies and continue to build your employees' marketing skills and knowledge while they work. 

The Digital Marketing degree apprenticeship is designed to provide employees with comprehensive digital marketing expertise, while earning a formal degree classification, and supporting businesses by bringing fresh perspectives to the workplace.

The course will be delivered through a blend of online lessons to ensure a flexible learning experience and three days on campus per year, one at the launch of each block of modules in September, January and April. The in-person component will take place at either our Portsmouth or London campus (subject to location of employment).