All Covid information for current students is available on MyPort, including safety measures on campus, changes to teaching, and coronavirus testing.
Current University of Portsmouth staff can find all information on the Staff Covid Guidance and FAQs pages.
University Coronavirus Information Line
Our Coronavirus Information line can help with enquiries from students, parents and guardians. This team cannot provide you with a coronavirus test appointment - please instead read the information on coronavirus testing for students or members of University staff.
Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 5588
The phone line is open: Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm, Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Advice and guidance
In partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care and Portsmouth City Council, we’re hosting a Covid-19 testing site at Eldon car park for anyone in the local community exhibiting symptoms - the first University in the country to do so. Please be aware that availability may be limited at times as the national system deals with increased demand, and any changes in Government testing policy will affect this site.
To book your test visit the Government national booking portal.
Our students are expected to take personal responsibility for their own and others’ safety, and the vast majority do this. As a University we are encouraging students to act responsibly, and will take necessary steps against those who don’t. There are regular communications with students asking them to follow government rules and
outlining the potential consequences if they do not.
If residents are concerned about a social gathering or other disturbance, they should first report a breach of COVID regulations on the Hampshire Police website or by calling 101. Please do not use 999 except for emergencies.
Resident complaints about student behaviour can be made to the University’s Student and Neighbour Liaison Service which can be contacted on 023 9284 3214 or on email@example.com.
Any resident who wishes to report a noise disturbance should do so via the council website or by calling 023 9283 4092.
If you’re a family member of a current student and would like to know about the safety measures we’ve got in place, you can see these on the student website MyPort. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or have questions or concerns, you can also contact our Coronavirus Information Line (information above).
We’re taking a range of measures to keep the campus safe and stop the spread of coronavirus, including:
- All teaching to large groups will be delivered online using enhanced technology
- COVID-19 testing adjacent to the campus with same-day and walk-in appointments available for students and staff who are feeling unwell
- Proactive screening for staff and students without symptoms
- Touch points such as doors, handles and stair rails will be cleaned regularly
- Communal areas, including teaching areas, toilets and hallways will be cleaned daily
- Protective screens where there are lots of face-to-face interactions, such as in the library and reception areas, are being installed
- The number of people using lifts will be restricted, so everyone has more space
- One-way systems will be in place in buildings
- Hand sanitising stations will be available around campus
- Temperature scanning will be in place at strategic places around the campus
- Signs and floor markings will be in place to help with social distancing and encourage good hygiene
- Staggered start times for teaching
Our sports facilities are now open, with safety measures and some restrictions in place. Find out more on the Sport and Recreation website.
The University of Portsmouth Eye Clinic is open again for appointments, with key changes to protect patients and staff, including.
- Reduced patients numbers in clinic and attendance by appointment only
- PPE will be worn by staff, appropriate to the test being carried out
- Appointment times will be longer and staggered
- Enhanced cleaning regimes
- Social distancing measures in place
- Hand sanitiser and face masks for patients on arrival
Most campus cafes have resumed their usual opening hours for staff, students and the public, with safety measures in place. More information is available on the student website MyPort.
Printing services are operational offsite and continuing to manage production of all types of printed requirements for the University, and for strategic partners and businesses across Portsmouth.
To get in touch with the team, staff can order corporate printing through the Marketing Portal and strategic partners and business can email firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of the team will get in touch to help you with your requirements. We will ensure all printed materials are delivered to any specified delivery address so no need to collect.
We understand the risk of coronavirus can create an increasing level of anxiety. The University is a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community. We need to strike a balance to minimise risk by following the Government’s advice, while continuing to treat people with dignity, care and respect – particularly our international students and staff who might be feeling vulnerable and a long way from home at the moment.
It’s true to say that: “Viruses don’t discriminate, and neither do we.”
If you're undergoing assessments at another university that impact your application to study with us, we recognise the coronavirus outbreak may affect your ability to engage and complete your assessments.
Universities are making adjustments to assessment practices and Examination and Assessment Regulations, and we'll take those adjustments into account when reviewing your place here with us.
We're still open and accepting applications for all levels of study. Please visit our how to apply pages for more information.
We'll still consider your application even though exams have been cancelled. We're working through applications every day to ensure they're assessed and applicants receive a decision as soon as possible.
We want to treat all applicants fairly and ensure we can support you in transitioning to higher education this year.
If you've applied for an undergraduate course and have accepted a conditional offer, we’ll confirm your place on 13 August. If you don't get the grades needed, you may be able to apply through Clearing.
If you've applied for a postgraduate course and have received a conditional offer, we'll continue to process your application as normal. In light of the crisis, universities are having to make adjustments to assessment practices and Examination and Assessment Regulations. We recognise the coronavirus outbreak may affect your ability to engage and complete your assessments and we have therefore factored this into our Extenuating Circumstances (ECF) criteria.
Your unconditional offer remains unconditional and isn't affected by exam cancellations or assessment changes.
If you've been invited to an interview for your course, please contact email@example.com and we will advise you of the arrangements.
If you've applied to study a research degree with us and you need to attend an interview, a member of staff will contact you and advise you of the arrangements.
Prospective international students
If you arrive in the UK on or after 8 June 2020, you may be subject to the UK government's self-isolation rules. Please refer to the UK Government website for more information. Under these rules you must:
- provide details of your journey and your contact details when you travel to the UK
- not leave the place you're staying for your first 14 days in the UK (except in very limited situations)
You may be fined if you fail to provide details of where you plan to stay and/or if you do not self-isolate.
You must think about the extra days when planning your travel to the UK. During this time you won't be able to attend the University, see other people or leave your accommodation except for very limited reasons.
We have made our halls of residence available from Saturday 12 September for students who need to self-isolate and they will be free of charge during the 14-day self-isolation period.
The 14-days free accommodation is only available in halls managed by the University of Portsmouth and The Student Housing Company. To find out who manages your halls, take a look at our halls of residence page.
We don't know how long these measures will be in place and they may be subject to change at short notice. You can find further details in the government's guide to entering the UK.
If you have any questions please contact the International Student Advice team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For you to make the most out of your experience and settle into university life, you should aim to be on campus as early as possible. The blended approach to teaching means that as well as the online learning, there will still be elements of face-to-face teaching which we know is important to you and crucial for many courses.
However, we understand that it may not be possible for you to join us on campus at the beginning of term because of existing health conditions or because you are not comfortable travelling yet, so you will be able to start your degree online and join us on campus when you are ready.
We accept other equivalent tests or evidence of English Language proficiency if IELTS have been cancelled in your country. Our English language requirements page has a full list of acceptable qualifications.
This summer, we have offered our pre-sessional English courses online. We will offer blended Autumn courses leading into our January intake. Please find further information on our pre-sessional English web page.
At present, you'll still need to provide a deposit or suitable sponsor letter to receive an unconditional offer. However, we've updated our deposit policy so if you're unable to start your course due to coronavirus, you'll receive a full refund of your deposit.
Please check back here for updates as the situation progresses. You can find further information on our Tier 4 visa page.
Delayed visa applications
At present, the latest date for registration is 3 weeks from the start date of the programme. So the latest you can join us is 26 October. Please note, some courses do not allow for late registration
We have postgraduate courses and top-up undergraduate programmes you can begin in January 2021. More will be added at a later date. Take a look at courses starting in January 2021.
To defer your September 2020 application to January 2021, please email email@example.com. If you defer your start date, you're still guaranteed a place as long as you meet all your conditions subject to course capacity and any course and entry requirements changes.
If you're a postgraduate research student unable to register in October 2020, you can start in the following February or April.
We are aware that different examination boards and countries are taking different approaches to exams. We'll look at this on a country by country basis. In some countries, such as the UK, the A level and IB Boards are assessing the students on the basis of achievement so far, and will provide an appropriate grade for them. In such a case we would accept the official results from the relevant examination board or examination authority in your country. We're also working to better understand the impact not being able to attend school or college may have on your grades.
We can accept final certificates, final transcripts or an official school/institution letter. Results must be confirmed and not provisional in order for us to accept you.
If you're unable to meet your conditions in time (by 31 August 2020 for most offer holders) due to the coronavirus, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll work with you to explore the options available to you.
You'll be offered a guaranteed room in halls if you apply for accommodation as a new full-time undergraduate student and make us your firm, first choice before 30 June.
If you've applied for a postgraduate course that requires an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate, please ensure you have a valid certificate when it comes to your visa application. You should apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as possible as the process can take at least 30 working days. You will need to send us your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive it as it is part of the conditions of your offer. Further information about ATAS can be found here.