University of Portsmouth: Celebrating hard work and success, and supporting the community

University of Portsmouth
Later this month, our University campus will become a sea of Professors and graduates in their traditional black and purple Graduation gowns and mortarboards. Thronged by proud family members and friends, some from across the globe but most from our local community. 

Graduation is the ultimate culmination of many years of hard work from our students, and the high point of the University calendar. 

However, while we focus our efforts on Graduation, we're also still working hard to support our local community; though making higher education more accessible to all, using our research to solve global issues, and supporting local businesses. 

Just a few examples of how we're doing this are mentioned below. 

Supporting young people with their higher education and career ambitions

The University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Football Club partnership has launched the fourth edition of its scholarship. 

The Portsmouth FC Scholarship, which looks to support local young people with their higher education and career ambitions, will award £9,000 to a student who is under the age of 25 and lives in the Portsmouth area or on the Isle of Wight.

They will receive £3,000 in each of the three years of their undergraduate studies, while also getting the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with the football club. They must be the first member of their family to progress to higher education or have a household income of under £35,000.

To apply, students looking to start with the University in September 2024, can visit for more information and to find a link to the application form. 

Professor Graham Galbraith, University of Portsmouth Vice-Chancellor, said: “Our partnership with Portsmouth Football Club has always been about showing local young people that higher education is for them.

“There are plenty of talented young people in this city. We just need to give them the opportunities – particularly those who may not have seen other family members go to university, or who face challenging financial circumstances.”

Andrew Cullen, Portsmouth FC CEO, said: “Our Portsmouth Football Club Scholarship scheme represents a shining beacon within our long-standing partnership with the University of Portsmouth. We are proud of the scholarship and are totally committed to work with the university to use the motivational power of football to raise educational aspirations amongst young people, both throughout our city and on the Isle of Wight.”

Academic presents her gender equality research at the House of Lords

Dr Devran Gülel, Research Fellow in the School of Organisations, Systems and People, presented her research into gender equality at the House of Lords at a special event on gender gaps in employment and enterprise.

The event, a collaboration between PWN London and the EU-funded RE-WIRING Project, of which Dr Gülel is a part of, gave guests the opportunity to network while simultaneously offering an incredibly engaging workshop, which explored a number of issues such as:

• Women’s representation in the workplace • Persistent gender gaps in leadership positions • Innovative and practical solutions to eliminate gender gaps • Strategies to 're-wire' institutions rather than 'fixing women' • Personal experiences of participants navigating workplace biases

Dr Gülel said: “It was a privilege to speak at such a prestigious venue and to share insights and engage in very interesting discussions with women from diverse business backgrounds, who are committed to driving meaningful change.

“Events like these are crucial for raising awareness, fostering dialogue, and developing actionable strategies to advance gender equality in leadership. I look forward to continuing my research and advocacy efforts to dismantle systemic barriers, and create more inclusive workplaces where women can thrive and reach their full potential.”

Lunch and Learn

Our Lunch and Learn series, hosted by Innovation Connect and Eagle Labs, continues with two sessions this month:

Navigating Business Growth 

Wednesday 10 July, 12 to 2pm

Technopole, Kingston Crescent, North End, Portsmouth, PO2 8FA

Are you ready to take your business to the next level? Join us for an exclusive interactive Q&A session where four leading experts will share actionable insights and practical advice. Whether you're focused on finances, marketing, people or technology; this event is designed to provide you with implementable actions for achieving higher growth - even in uncertain times.

Book your free place here

How to use AI as your unfair advantage

Wednesday 31 July, 12 to 2pm

Future Technology Centre, University of Portsmouth Portland Building, Portland. Street, Portsmouth

In a world where 'sales fixes everything', AI is your unfair advantage.

Discover the specific tools that you can use in your business that can help you to make more sales.

Book your free place here.