Sandi Toksvig stepped out in style – along with hundreds of other fitness fans – for the first Chancellor’s parkrun. Sandi joined the weekly event in Southsea, which saw more than 450 staff, students and community parkrunners walking, jogging or running a 5km course along the seafront in glorious sunshine. ‘I’m passionate that our staff and students should engage with their bodies as well as their minds,’ said Sandi.
Emeritus professor of women’s and gender history, June Purvis, was an historical advisor on the feature film Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, which told the story of the beginning of the women’s movement in Edwardian Britain. June has published extensively on the suffragette movement, including an acclaimed biography of its leader, Emmeline Pankhurst. June, who also appeared as an extra in the film, commented: ‘Seeing the final film was a moving – and stimulating – experience’.
Theresa May visited the University’s Forensic Innovation Centre, the pioneering joint venture between the University and Hampshire Constabulary.
The then Home Secretary saw first-hand the forensic science and digital crime-fighting partnership where researchers, students and serving police staff work together to solve crimes while supporting students’ learning and career ambitions.
She toured the award-winning facility and met several of the new cyber volunteers, police officers and staff.
An Estonian photography student came second in an international competition.
Veronika Latanovskaya achieved the accolade in the beauty, fashion and lifestyle category of the International Student Photography Awards for this striking black and white image, entitled Martyna. Veronika’s work uses high contrast to focus the viewer’s eye on texture and detail.
She said: ‘Everything that disturbs, makes you wonder, gaze, terrifies – creates a more interesting and unique world around us’.
Staff and students from across the University took part in Europe’s biggest ever emergency response exercise.
The scenario, designed to test the UK’s readiness in dealing with major incidents involving urban search and rescue and identifying victims, involved a tower block collapsing on Waterloo Station. Portsmouth provided teams of evaluators for Exercise Unified Response, which took place over four days.