University of Portsmouth Environment Network



Teaching and community engagement are two of the most important elements of a successful network. Both mechanisms allow knowledge to be exchanged and further the understanding of the high quality research and innovation being undertaken across UPEN. Below are some examples of innovative teaching:

Professor lectures at leading architecture schools in Brazil

Professor Steffen Lehmann, Professor of Sustainable Architecture, recently gave lectures at two of the leading architecture schools in Brazil. Director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities, Professor Lehmann was invited to give lectures at both institutions and recently returned from his travels to São Paulo. He has been visiting the country regularly since 1990 and has published two books on modern Brazilian architecture.

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Steffen Lehmann

Student success with water and energy project

A student derived project that could reduce water usage and the carbon footprint for sailing team, Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (LRBAR), is the winning entry in the first student sustainability competition jointly run by LRBAR and the University of Portsmouth Environment Network (UPEN).

The project would improve and optimise an existing rainwater harvesting system at the LRBAR team base in Old Portsmouth and integrate a closed loop hydrogen system to harness energy outside of working hours and act as an extra energy store.

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New professional partnership for Geography

An exciting new educational partnership has been agreed between the Department of Geography and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

The agreement will give students access to a huge range of resources to advance their employability, including links to professional consultants, environmental management companies and access via a variety of media to the latest developments in the field.

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Students transform disused urban space

University of Portsmouth students have brought a disused urban space back to life in a community partnership involving local youngsters and the city council.

The #IHeartPompey project, led by the University’s School of Architecture, saw the Odd Triangle – a neglected area at the end of Guildhall Walk – transformed with the construction of an intricate timber pavilion.

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disused space

Students put to the test in disaster simulation

An earthquake, refugees, terrorists and kidnappers formed the dramatic backdrop to a major disaster simulation exercise this week involving students and staff from across the University of Portsmouth.

The three-day SimEx2016 event saw more than 400 people from the University and 30 partner organisations responding to a realistic ‘live’ disaster in and around Portsmouth.

The exercise was the final training session for students on the Crisis and Disaster Management MSc course.

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