In the last year, the University of Portsmouth campus has gone through some significant changes, with the new Future Technology Centre taking its first cohort of students, the opening of a new state of the art eye clinic and the beginnings of what will be a £53 million new Sports Facility. The University is receiving acknowledgement of its investment with improved rankings year on year.
The University of Portsmouth’s new Eye Clinic, offering free eye tests for local residents, staff, students and alumni, officially opened in October. The clinic was opened by England blind squad footballer Brandon Coleman. The new state-of-the-art clinic is based on Cambridge Road (the former Blackwell’s bookshop site). It is staffed by fully qualified optometrists, who supervise second and third year optometry students to help them gain the essential clinical experience to qualify as practising eye specialists.
As of 2018 entry, Faculty of Technology and Faculty of Science students have been able to make the most of using the brand new Future Technology Centre (FTC). The construction of this facility was paralleled with attracting and recruiting new students interested in Innovation Engineering courses, that would be able to use the FTC during their studies. Facilities in this new development will give students hands-on experience with specialist technologies such as digital microscopy and laser sintering and to use the latest simulation, visualisation and modelling.
The University of Portsmouth was given planning permission by the City Council in June 2018, to build a £53 million sports facility, available for student, staff and community use. Facilities include an eight-court sports hall, eight-lane 25m swimming pool, fitness suite, multipurpose studios, squash courts, climbing wall and a ski simulator. The building will also have teaching facilities, office space and an underground car park.
The new facility will significantly transform the student experience, promoting health and wellbeing through the provision of a wide range of sports and fitness activities, and strengthen connections with rest of the city. It will also enhance the University’s sport and fitness related research and innovation programmes.
The project will also include improvements to Ravelin Park, including an entrance between the sports building and the Library, new pedestrian routes, an urban orchard, increasing the number of trees in the park and opening up views to the historic buildings on Museum Road.The design aims to set new standards for sustainability and to be one of the UK’s greenest sports facilities.