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View the latest events that the University of Portsmouth has to offer, including public lectures and live music

Star Public Lectures

Wednesday Sept 26 6.00 - 7.00PM

public lecture

From Rural Rajasthan to Urban Khartoum: Women’s Stories of Violence, Agency and Resilience

Inaugural lecture by Tamsin Bradley, Professor of International Development Studies, University of Portsmouth.

In this lecture Professor Tamsin Bradley explores how women in different parts of the world experience and respond to violence. Specifically it will reflect on how, even in the most challenging of circumstances, women use agency to challenge and build what resilience they can. Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic. Resilience to the constant presence of violence in everyday life for many women comes through strong peer networks and role models. This lecture will offer stories and reflections from a number of powerful change agents whose determination to see an end to violence against women has brought greater understanding into how and why it persists. They have also demonstrated what can be achieved if agency is nurtured and supported at all levels from the local through to global feminist movements.

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Wednesday 26 September 2018 6.00 - 7.00PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Oct 10 6.00 - 7.00PM

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The rising of continents and sinking of oceans

Inaugural lecture by Craig Storey, Professor of Geology, University of Portsmouth.

Earth is around 4500 million years old and its surface is made up of two different types of crust that form our mostly emerged continents and submerged oceans. These crusts are divided into separate plates, which move around on the surface, which is a process called plate tectonics. Here, I will explore the formation of the crust through Earth history and how and when plate tectonics began.

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Wednesday 10 October 2018 6.00 - 7.00PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Oct 24 6.00PM - 7.00PM

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Researching the Entrepreneurial University

​Inaugural lecture by David Pirckernell, Professor of Small Business and Enterprise Development, University of Portsmouth.

Since 2002 David Pickernell’s research has increasingly focused on different (and often contested) aspects of what has become termed the "Entrepreneurial" university. This lecture will discuss these aspects, the research that surrounds it and future possible research areas.

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Wednesday 24 October 2018 6.00PM - 7.00PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Oct 31 6.00PM - 7.00PM

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The Black Poppy Rose

​A public lecture by Selena Carty, Founder of the BlackPoppyRose.

The BlackPoppyRose was created in 2010, following the realisation that in a country that many African/Black/West Indian/Pacific Island people call home, the history that represents them has been displaced over the course of time. In this illustrated talk, Selena Carty will outline why it is so important to remember not only the soldiers but also the peoples in these communities who contributed in any way for the war effort.

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Wednesday 31 October 2018 6.00PM - 7.00PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Nov 14 6.00 - 7.00PM

public lecture

​Operational Research: The Science of Better Decision Making

Inaugural lecture by Djamila Ouelhadj, Professor of Operational Research, University of Portsmouth.

Operational Research (OR) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help organisations make better decisions. For decades, OR has improved decision-making in a wide range of applications, and has consistently delivered significant benefits for society, business and government. OR is “The Science of Better” and Professor Djamila Ouelhadj will take you through her exciting journey into research and innovation in OR modelling to provide effective solutions to complex business challenges in the fields of logistics and transport, manufacturing, renewable energy and sustainability, and healthcare.

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Wednesday 14 November 2018 6.00 - 7.00PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Nov 21 6.00 - 7.00PM

public lecture

So who is the performer? Going the full 'Psycle' in elite sport

Inaugural lecture by Richard Thelwell, Professor of Applied Sport Psychology, University of Portsmouth.

Given the unforgiving nature of elite sport, it is no surprise that many individuals struggle with the psychological demands placed upon them. In his inaugural lecture, Professor Thelwell will share his experiences of having been involved in elite sport for over 20 years to summarise the influence that psychological research, practice and education has had, and continues to have, on performance and wellbeing for the athletes, coaches and support staff who are expected to work and perform within such pressurised, volatile and dynamic environments.

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Wednesday 21 November 2018 6.00 - 7.00PM Portland Building, room 1.11

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Wednesday Nov 28 6.00 - 7.00PM

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Perspectives on small business growth

Inaugural lecture by Martina Battisti, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Portsmouth Business School.

Small business growth is a multi-faceted and complex phenomenon. This lecture looks at growth from different perspectives – the individual entrepreneurs, the external environment as well as policy.

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Wednesday 28 November 2018 6.00 - 7.00PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Dec 5 6.00 - 7.00PM

public lecture

​​Breaking new ground: Preparing Portsmouth Harbour for HMS Queen Elizabeth

A public lecture with Captain Ian Greenlees OBE RN and others.

The arrival of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH in Portsmouth in August 2016 heralded the rebirth of the UK’s national Carrier Strike Defence capability and with it renewed vibrant engineering and logistics activity through the 21st Century for the historic port and city. Studying the potential environmental impacts for eight years, Captain Iain Greenlees and members of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Industry team present the story of the scientific analysis, licensing conditions, preparation for and delivery of the major capital dredge.

This lecture is organised in collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) South Committee.

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Wednesday 5 December 2018 6.00 - 7.00PM Richmond Building

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Star Conferences and seminars

Thursday Nov 15 6.00PM - 8.30PM

Conferences and seminars

Big Networking Night #BNN2018

In partnership with Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, we invite you to our premier networking night.

This free event is suitable for businesses from all sectors across the Solent region. Discover why business should work with universities to deliver growth and success while championing young talent, diversity and creative leadership.

Thursday 15 November 2018 6.00PM - 8.30PM Portland Building

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Star Performances and Exhibitions

Various dates

Performances and Exhibitions

Portsmouth Chamber Music Series

Now in its fifteenth season, the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series brings world-class musicians to the city.

In partnership with Music in the Round and the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, we present the finest music in informal surroundings where you are never more than a few metres from the performers. Q and A sessions follow each concert, and a 20% discount is available to those who book the whole series.

8 October 2018 - Goldmund Quartet

5 November 2018 - Steven Osborne (piano)

28 January 2019 - Ensemble 360

25 March 2019 - Trio Isimsiz

29 April 2019 - Piatti Quartet

20 May 2019 - Ensemble 360 (piano quartet)

Time: All concerts are on Mondays and start at 7.30pm.

Venue: Portsmouth Guildhall: seating is unreserved, with doors open from 7pm.

Box office: 023 9387 0211. Tickets: £18 full price, £16 concessions, £86.40 for the whole season (£76.80 concs). Student-standby tickets are available from 7pm on the day of each concert, for £6. Prices include booking fee and restoration levy.

For further information or to join our mailing list, please contact or 023 9284 3023.

October-May 2018/19

25-28 Sept

Performances and Exhibitions

Petroliana: celebrating the lost artform

Winner of this year’s Guildhall Graduate Award, Carl Frederik Wigernes, exhibit his work which comprises a large set of collectible posters celebrating the incredible craftsmanship and attention to form and functionality in vintage petrol pumps.

The exhibition is part of an ongoing collaborative exhibition programme hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries and Portsmouth Cultural Trust to enrich the visual and cultural experience of visitors to the Guildhall, giving graduates and alumni an opportunity to showcase their work to a broad public audience and develop their professional creative practice.

25-28 September 2018

Saturday 1 Dec 7.30PM

Performances and Exhibitions

The University of Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band

The University of Portsmouth Orchestra tackles one of the great romantic works of the 19th century, Brahms' 1st Symphony. After the interval, the Concert Band will perform a selection of film and stage music alongside some traditional and seasonal wind band favourites.

Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £6 Under 16s.

1 December 2018 King’s Church, Somers Road, PO5 4QA

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Sunday 2 Dec 3.30PM

Performances and Exhibitions

Evening Songs with the University of Portsmouth choirs

This concert will feature the University of Portsmouth Choir and the University of Portsmouth Student Chorus, accompanied by Anthony Groves on piano and organ, under the direction of Dr George Burrows.

The university choir was founded in 1965 and is made up of around 80 voices mixing university staff, students and townsfolk. It gives at least three concerts per year and has performed at home and abroad on concert tours. The Student Chorus provides an opportunity for students from within the main choir to develop their singing in a smaller ensemble.

The programme is a diverse one in several senses. At the heart of the programme is the sumptuous Soir Sur La Plaine by the extraordinary French composer, Lilli Boulanger (2018 marks the centenary of her death), Joseph Rheinberger's Abendlied and Johannes Brahms' Abend.

Soprano Rebecca Silverman will sing the solos in the Boulanger and in Laudate Dominum from Mozart's Vespers.

Alongside such 'classics' the choir will sing contemporary pieces by such figures as Will Todd, Ruth Morris Gray and the African-American composer-arranger, Victor C. Johnson. There is something for everyone in this musical feast about eventide.

Admission is free, with a retiring collection.

2 December 2018 Holy Trinity, Trinity Green, Gosport

Monday 10 Dec 7.30PM

Performances and Exhibitions

University Carol Service

Join the university community to celebrate the festive season with a traditional carol service and mince pies afterwards. Families of former staff and students are all welcome, as well as people from the wider community.

Admission is free.

10 December 2018 St Thomas Anglican Cathedral, Old Portsmouth

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