Students have a range of academic and learning support services available including personal tutors, and the Academic Skills Unit, who help with academic writing and note taking, referencing, presentation skills and revision and exam techniques.
For students who struggle with maths, there are drop-in sessions and workshops available for free at the Maths Café. Students with disabilities or learning difficulties, can gain support from the university’s Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre for advice on financial support, reasonable adjustments, specialist tuition and referrals for diagnosis. Students studying for a Postgraduate Research degree will also have access to tailored advice and support at the Graduate School.
On the pastoral care side, the Student Wellbeing Service has mental health and wellbeing advisers, counsellors and a psychiatrist, plus the student-led Wellbeing Society are on hand for advice too.
Students can get further support at the Wellbeing Café, held weekly in Cafe Coco, for tea and a friendly chat. There’s even an annual Wellbeing Festival held in the Students’ Union, showcasing all the latest ideas and techniques for staying happy and healthy while you study.
For the students in halls, or first-year student renting privately, the university offers a drop in on the friendly Residence Life Team for advice on issues both housing and general welfare related.
Students can get support with any money problems from the Finance Centre, which is open five days a week help students discover if they may be eligible for additional funding, and with any funding applications.
There are advisers on hand from the Institute of Money Advisers and the National Association of Student Money Advisers to help students of Portsmouth in dealing with debt and supporting with budgeting. The university Support Fund also offers short-term financial help for students who are struggling.
For any parent students hoping to pursue study with a child, the University of Portsmouth offers an on-campus nursery daycare for children aged six months to five years.
University of Portsmouth students on Postgraduate Search say:
“Support Offered by the Uni is Excellent. There is a team of supporting staff in every building. The Uni gives an excellent support to the student. All the students have personal tutors for any kind of difficulty. Students can visit them with any kind of problem at any time. Uni supports each and every student personally with great gesture and enthusiasm”
“Very good support. There are people to speak to about academic and personal issues”.
“The uni supports us in everything in terms of tutors that give us more from their personal time and they offer help. Academic terms, there are many extra activities and courses that you can take and support you with any gap that you have, if it's writing or researching”