University of Portsmouth leads the way with major new research projects and business connections

The month of May brings bank holidays for many. However, while many of us are heading down to the beach, our students are revising hard for the start of the exam period for our students – well, most of them are.
The project team (l-r) Dr Melanie Bassett, Dr Rudolph Ng, Professor Brad Beaven and Dr Karl BellThe project team (l-r) Dr Melanie Bassett, Dr Rudolph Ng, Professor Brad Beaven and Dr Karl Bell
The project team (l-r) Dr Melanie Bassett, Dr Rudolph Ng, Professor Brad Beaven and Dr Karl Bell

Behind the scenes, our research is continuing to make a global impact and make positive contributions to our local community.

Lloyd's Register Foundation funds maritime energy transition research to understand impact on coastal communities

A £635,000 grant for a new project to learn lessons from past maritime energy transitions has been awarded to the Centre for Port Cities and Maritime Cultures at the University of Portsmouth.

The funding from Lloyd's Register Foundation builds on the Centre’s research into coastal communities and the international networks developed by the project team of Dr Melanie Bassett, Dr Rudolph Ng, Dr Karl Bell and Professor Brad Beaven.

Four PhD students and post-doctoral researchers will be recruited as part of the six-year project called ‘Sail to Steam, Carbon to Green: Empowering Port Communities in the Global South’. The doctoral programme will contribute to The Foundation’s Learning from the Past and Widening Participation in Maritime Heritage themes.

The project contrasts how coastal communities in the Global South were impacted by energy transitions from sail to steam in the 19th century, and how the move from fossil fuels to carbon-neutral shipping will impact the same communities today and in the future.

The first two PhD scholarships will begin in October 2024 with two additional PhD scholarships starting in October 2027.

Find out more about the scholarships and how to apply here.

Exploring the past and informing our future

Two new PhD scholarships between the University and Portsmouth City Council will investigate the role of Portsmouth’s public libraries from their origins in 1883 to today, and access to the collections of Cumberland House Natural History Museum – or, as many of us know it, The Butterfly House.

The PhD students will examine how the public has used public libraries for various social, cultural and political reasons, and aim – to attract new and existing diverse audiences and enrich community participation and engagement at the Natural History Museum.

Find out more here.

Financial support for business

Are you looking for grants and other funding opportunities, and support pathways available to you when applying for financial support?

Regardless of the type of business you run, our 'Finding Financial Support for Businesses' event can help you, we'll be taking you through the financial support available to south-coast-based businesses.

The event is run in collaboration with our Careers and Employability Centre, HIVE Portsmouth, Barclays Eagle Labs, and organised by Thierry Bridges, our Apprentice Administration Assistant.

For more information and to register, please visit Eventbrite.