Defend jobs and education at University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth is making staff redundant just as it invests hundreds of millions in buildings and offers its vice-chancellor a pay rise. Read on for what is going on and what you can do about it.

Here is a summary of the situation at University of Portsmouth:

  • Professor Graham Galbraith has been vice-chancellor of University of Portsmouth since 2013 and has responsibility for the strategic direction of the University
  • The vice-chancellor received a pay and reward package of £376k in the year to 31 July 2023
  • University of Portsmouth spent £1.62m on ‘key management personnel’ in the year to 31 July 2023, an increase of over £200k from the previous year
  • In February 2024, University of Portsmouth announced plans to invest £250m on campus development projects over the next decade
  • In March 2024, University of Portsmouth started consultation about potential redundancies, with the reasons for the cuts cited as, ‘repeated decline in home student applications to the University, exacerbated by a recent decline in international student applications, leading to reduced student numbers and sector-wide factors such as a significant increase in costs…’
  • In May 2024, University of Portsmouth put hundreds of academic and support staff at risk of redundancy, forcing them to re-apply for their jobs at the same time as they are preparing students for year-end assessments and graduation
  • University of Portsmouth is making further changes, including restructures to merge schools, and changes to working practices, such as a planned increase in the staff-student ratio (SSR) across all faculties
  • University and College Union (UCU) has shown that redundancies are not financially necessary and risk harming the University of Portsmouth
  • 94% of UCU members have voted that they have no confidence in the vice-chancellor
  • For the good of students, the local community of Portsmouth, and the international networks that staff contribute to, UCU calls on people to acknowledge the importance of education over buildings, and essential staff over expensive management.

Please show your support by signing the Portsmouth UCU petition:

We, the undersigned, agree that staff are University of Portsmouth’s most valuable resource. We call on the University of Portsmouth executive board to withdraw the compulsory redundancies and engage with UCU to prevent unnecessary job losses. University of Portsmouth should safeguard the quality of courses by ensuring any changes to the academic delivery model does not result in overworked staff or cuts in course options for students.

University of Portsmouth: defend jobs and education

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Lucy Levene
 
University of Portsmouth
Ex staff member
324
Libby Martin
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
323
Ana Calviño
 
Teacher
322
Alejandra Carles-Tolra
 
Portsmouth University
Staff
321
Sarah Mitchell
 
Curtin university
Ex student
320
Rebecca Hamlet
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
319
Ashleigh Hill
 
Portsmouth
Alumni
318
Julian Roberts
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
317
Lizzy Legg
 
Portsmouth
Student
316
Donna McCarthy
 
315
Maya Brasington
 
Member of public
314
Raymond Smith
 
Portsmouth
Public
313
Chrisyopher Price
 
312
Lara wood Wood
 
Member of the public
311
Matthew Evans
 
University of Sussex
Senior Lecturer
310
Milly Agha
 
member of public
309
Anne Nwakalor
 
308
Charlotte Lawrence
 
University of Portsmouth
Alumni
307
Emma Maynard
 
King’s College London
Lecturer
306
Ian Glover
 
Member of public
305
Anisa Khan
 
University of Portsmouth
Alumni
304
Peter Coote
 
Member of the public
303
Alex Wendes
 
Cci Portsmouth University
Student
302
Jack Palmer
 
University of Portsmouth
Alumni
301
Nikki Power
 
University of Liverpool
Staff
300
Eloise Parrack
 
University of Brighton (and University of Portsmouth Alumni)
Staff and alumni
299
Ruth Hudson
 
Previous UoP staff member
298
Luke Fisher
 
297
Thais Verhasselt
 
Portsmouth University CCI
Post graduate
296
Linda Murphy
 
Member of public
295
Teodora Karailanova
 
University of Portsmouth
Alumni
294
Rebecca Boyes
 
(Graduated 1st degree bachelors)
Member of the public
293
Ricardo Reveron Blanco
 
Aspex Portsmouth
Curator/Programme Manager
292
Kumkum Kataria
 
Anglia Ruskin
Personal Assistant
291
gary moore
 
290
Andrea Summers-Green
 
Member of the public
289
Gary Alton
 
University of Portsmouth alumni
Alumni - member of public
288
Toni Kavazov
 
University of Portsmouth
Alumni
287
Saoirse Yorke
 
Member of the public
286
Eoin Brophy
 
285
Josh Bowsher
 
University of Sussex
Staff
284
Philippae Brophy
 
Portsmouth
Member of the public
283
Natalie Bailey-Green
 
Tower Hamlets Council
Teacher
282
Ruth Sandland
 
Member of the public
281
Sarah Snowdon
 
Portsmouth university
Member of public
280
Julie Chatfield
 
Portsmouth
Member of the public
279
Hebe Bailey
 
University of Portsmouth
Alumni
278
Alishba Mughal
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
277
Jay Murphy
 
Member of public
276
Bethan Fogell
 
n/a
Member of public
275
Laura Haskell
 
Member of the public
274
Leah Cassidy
 
Portsmouth
Public
273
Reece Donnison
 
272
Holly Clover
 
Anglia Ruskin University
Staff
271
Billie Cawte
 
University of Portsmouth
Lead photographic technician
270
Jackie Lederer
 
Concerned member of the public
269
Ellie Harrold
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
268
Karl Bailey
 
Portsmouth
Student
267
ROEL PAREDAENS
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
266
Barney Jobson
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
265
Ziggy Kolker
 
University of Portsmouth
Senior Lecturer
264
Judy Harrison
 
University of Portsmouth
Honorary Principal Research Fellow
263
Mandy Webb
 
Member of the public
262
Kathryn Rimmington
 
Member of public
261
Tiago Valeiro
 
University of Portsmouth
student
260
John Drury
 
University of Sussex
Staff
259
Vera Hadzhiyska
 
University of Portsmouth
Lecturer
258
Jonathan Baggaley
 
University of Portsmouth
Senior Lecturer
257
Dana Ariel
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
256
Christine Field
 
255
Steve Williams
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
254
Cath Senker
 
University of Sussex
Lecturer in Academic Skils
253
Abigail Nobes
 
Member of public
252
Brendan brophy
 
SGS college
Well-being mentor
251
Heather Taylor
 
Sussex
Lecturer
250
Hannah Clark
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
249
Alex Leung
 
Member of the public
248
Shelagh Simmons
 
247
Zarah Vernham
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
246
Lynn Horler
 
Micross Portsmouth
Team leader
245
Lauren Smith
 
University of portsmouth
Staff
244
Kelly Conway
 
243
Doyel Chanda
 
University of Portsmouth
Alumni
242
Matthew McGimpsey
 
Member of Public
241
Kane Swartz
 
University of Portsmouth
Part Time Staff
240
GARO Kourjian
 
RHACC
239
Sandra McEwan
 
238
Lizzie George
 
University of Portsmouth
Support Staff
237
Graham Mitchell
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
236
Susan Noble
 
Retired
235
David Leavens
 
University of Sussex
Faculty
234
Clare Whittamore
 
Portsmouth
Support Staff
233
Lauren Payne
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
232
Sue Moore
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
231
Samantha Mann
 
University of Portsmouth
staff
230
Jo Causer
 
Pinewood school
Teacher
229
John 'X' Williams
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
228
Claire Reid
 
University of Portsmouth
Associate Head
227
Joshua Reynolds
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
226
Oliver Gruner
 
University of Portsmouth
Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture
225
Gertjan Lucas
 
University of Nottingham
Staff
224
Martin Wilcox
 
University of Hull
External Examiner 2020-3
223
Christine Berberich
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
222
Gerhard Bezuidenhout
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
221
Maria Perissiou
 
SHES
staff
220
Amy Swann
 
Portsmouth
Portsmouth Alumni
219
Brett Rumfitt
 
218
Ross Adam
 
Drexel
Staff
217
Zelal Karabulut
 
Portsmouth university
Student
216
Adam Hansen
 
Northumbria University
Staff
215
Iona Byford
 
Retired staff member
214
Chris Reid
 
Principal Lecturer
Staff
213
Joseph Warren
 
Partner of staff member
212
Adam Rayner
 
University of Portsmouth
Alumni
211
James White
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
210
Alex Prunean
 
University of Portsmouth
Subject Area Leader
209
Hanae H
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
208
Jim Igoe
 
207
Matthew Beagley
 
University of Portsmouth
Alumni
206
Daniela Saadeh
 
University of Portsmouth
staff
205
Sarah Morris
 
Portsmouth
Staff
204
Becky Marsden
 
University of Portsmouth
Mother of a student
203
Daniel Davies
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
202
Joshua Kingswood
 
Portsmouth
Alumni
201
Helen Fillmore
 
University of Portsmouth
Reader- Associate Professor
200
GIGI BARDAS
 
UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH
STUDENT
199
Maisie Ingram
 
Portsmouth
Student
198
Penny Foskett
 
Member of public
197
Marine Joly
 
UoP
staff
196
Sarah Fletcher
 
Portsmouth
Member of public, former employee of UOP
195
Alejandra De La Fuente
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
194
Dean Aftab
 
193
Jason Smith
 
Exeter University
Student
192
Agnes Adeeko
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
191
Lara Torres
 
University of Portsmouth
Senior Lecturer
190
Harley Pottinger
 
University of portsmouth
Student
189
John Milward
 
London
Member of public
188
Teodor Huminiuc
 
UoP
Staff
187
Coleman Krawczyk
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
186
Sarah Berthaud
 
Atlantic Technological University, Galway
185
Claire Le Cras
 
University of Portsmouth
Alumni
184
Arsha Ali
 
university of portsmouth
student
183
James Brown
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
182
Lizzi Barton
 
University Of Portsmouth
Student
181
Emily Haddy
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
180
Troy Stork
 
Portsmouth
Student
179
Elke Morice-Atkinson
 
Casemate Publishers
Alumnus
178
Neha Sherpunja
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
177
Anna Lilley
 
Open university
Student
176
Ross Whittington
 
University of Portsmouth
Alumnus
175
Xan Morice-Atkinson
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
174
Alexandra Thomas
 
UoP
Student
173
Kate Lewis
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
172
Axelle Philippon
 
UoP
staff
171
Sophia Wood
 
University of Portsmouth
Academic Staff
170
Zoe Gable
 
University of Portsmouth
student
169
Klara Fawcett
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
168
Scott Simmonds
 
UAL
Former UoP staff
167
Aysha Ali
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
166
Joan Mould
 
Member of the public
165
Alice Austin
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
164
Vincent Adams
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
163
Kim Bard
 
University of Portsmouth
Professor
162
Lisa Jack
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
161
Benita Teta
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
160
Olivia Barber
 
University of Portsmouth
Teaching Fellow
159
Shelton Humpleby
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff member
158
Xukai Zhao
 
University of Portsmouth
student
157
Charlotte Scoones
 
Portsmouth University
Student
156
Will Maltby
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
155
Dr Mark Haydon-Laurelut
 
154
Simon Mobbs
 
HSDC Alton College
Lecturer
153
Fiona Wadie
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
152
Chloe Harrison
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
151
Eleanor Hoad
 
University of Portsmouth
student
150
Ruth Hare
 
Member of public
149
Grace Marsden
 
portsmouth university
student
148
Dean Allardice
 
Member of public
147
Kev Bradshaw
 
University of Portsmouth
Teaching Staff
146
Jessica Boissery
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
145
Deborah Taylor
 
Portsmouth
Students family
144
Jo Linkins
 
University of Portsmouth
Senior Technician
143
Annisa Slater
 
CCI
Student
142
Ian Piper
 
Portsmouth University
Senior Teaching Fellow
141
Janet Milward
 
None
Member of the public
140
Ian Toon
 
Staff
139
Kate Milward
 
Cardiff University
staff
138
John Kannenberg
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
137
Risemary Redfern
 
Portsmouth University
Member of the Public
136
Amy Hopkins
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
135
alison Silvester
 
university of portsmouth
Staff
134
Sorina Toltica
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
133
Mark Frost
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
132
Sarthak Mondal
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
131
Arthur Whyley
 
University of Portsmouth
PhD Student
130
Glenn Hadikin
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
129
Becky Holman
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
128
Valerie Goldstone
 
Portsmouth
Admin
127
Jérôme Micheletta
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
126
Ostap Kushnir
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
125
Katherine Munden
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
124
Natasha Tremlett
 
Portsmouth university
Student
123
Leanne Proops
 
University of Portsmouth
Associate Professor
122
Nqobani Ndebele
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
121
Felix Asante
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
120
Haneen Deeb
 
University of Portsmouth
Senior Research Associate
119
Jon Woods
 
Portsmouth City UNISON
Trade Unionist
118
Treena Jingree
 
University of Portsmouth
Academic Staff
117
Sophie Milward
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
116
Elena Colangeli
 
University of Portsmouth
PhD student
115
Shaun Searle
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
114
Chris Diffin
 
113
Sergi Sirera Lahoz
 
University of Portsmouth
PhD student
112
Nicola Telford
 
Portsmouth University
Staff
111
Rachel Homewood
 
Portsmouth University
Senior Lecturer
110
Lucy Redfern
 
Member of the public
109
Jennifer Sizer
 
University of Reading
Current Portsmouth student and former staff member
108
Aimee Hurst
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
107
Simon Gamble
 
University of Bristol
Head of Academic Study Skills
106
Roger Moore
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
105
Kyle Poyer-Emmanuel
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
104
Emine Gurbuz
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
103
Toni Cook
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
102
Sophie Newman
 
University of Portsmouth
PhD Student
101
Jane Hounsome
 
100
Michael Tyler
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
99
Imam Arafat
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
98
Annie Wood
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
97
Samantha Youles
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
96
Max Jubb
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
95
Ethan Morris
 
University Of Portsmouth
Student
94
Aron Truss
 
University of Portsmouth
Blended and Online Development Lead
93
Samuel Buxton
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
92
Yasmin Holder
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
91
Zo Benbow
 
University of Portsmouth / SELL
Student
90
Hartmut Blank
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
89
Bhavin Dedhia
 
University of Portsmouth
Clinical teaching fellow
88
Elaine Igoe
 
University of Portsmouth
Academic
87
River McNutt
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
86
Charlie Bray
 
Portsmouth University
Student
85
Ann Baird
 
University of Portsmouth
student
84
Emma Hounsome
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
83
Hannah Stocker
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
82
Mantanani Stather
 
Portsmouth University
Student
81
Josef Lehane
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
80
Malaika Manyame
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
79
Amie Martin
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
78
Liz Bishop
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
77
Emma Mundle
 
UOP
Staff
76
Sarah Bawa Mason
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
75
Michael Taylor
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
74
Cayleigh Arnold
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
73
Megan Wood
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
72
Sage Ralph
 
University of Portsmouth
Alumnus
71
James Sebley
 
70
Macy Cole
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
69
Pau O'Hanlon
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
68
Ann Sou
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
67
Liz Sharples
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
66
Anna Collins
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
65
Sammie Irungu
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
64
Amy Meenaghan
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
63
Caroline Gwatkin
 
Portsmouth university
Applied Linguistics with TESOL MA graduate
62
Lewis Watkins
 
University of Portsmouth
Student, Resident Life Assistant & Student Guide for BaL
61
Rebecca Aston
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
60
Wulstan Luhwavi
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
59
Abdur-Rehman Mahmood
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
58
Richard Walker
 
University of Portsmouth
Former degree student and user of Ravelin Park centre
57
Amira Abdelhamid
 
University of Portsmouth
Faculty member
56
Charlotte Boyce
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
55
Joe Wright
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
54
Colin Strain
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
53
Fabian Freyenhagen
 
University of Essex
Professor
52
Alison Skoyles
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
51
Jamie Armstrong
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
50
Frank Schubert
 
University of Portsmouth
staff
49
Katie Bone
 
Public
48
Tony Chafer
 
Portsmouth
Emeritus Professor
47
Begona Rodriguez
 
University of Portsmouth
Senior lecturer
46
Hannah Tarrant
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
45
daren cooper
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
44
Nick Bertenshaw
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
43
William Stone
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
42
James Lenthall
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
41
Nga Nguyen
 
Portsmouth
Student
40
will stevens
 
University of portsmouth
Student
39
Tom Large
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
38
Mary Watkins
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
37
Manusha Shankarlal
 
University of portsmouth
Student
36
Flynn Spencer
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
35
Brandon May
 
University of Portsmouth
PhD student
34
Finn Mundy
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
33
Katarzyna Bziukiewicz
 
University of Portsmouth
Student
32
Ian Tapster
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
31
Thomas Rodgers
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
30
Cathy Willatt
 
University of Portsmouth
Teaching Fellow
29
Gordon Scruton
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
28
Steve Whitford
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
27
Timo Jütten
 
University of Essex
Professor of Philosophy
26
Tom Langston
 
UCL
Ex-UOP member of staff
25
Pedro Salgado
 
University of Portsmouth
Lecturer
24
Simon Hobbs
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
23
Debbie Withers
 
University of Portsmouyth
Staff
22
Rebecca Nicolaides
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
21
Fiona Cook
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
20
Mike Esbester
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
19
Stephen Pool
 
Portsmouth
Public
18
Pippa Healy
 
University of East London
Student
17
Joseph Callow
 
University of Portsmouth
PhD student
16
Catherine Mottram
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
15
Ann Emerson
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
14
Andrew Wood
 
University of Portsmouth
staff
13
Megan Hoffman
 
University of Portsmouth
Professional Services staff
12
Robert James
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
11
Thomas Waters
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
10
Ben Davies
 
9
ANTHONY SHEPHERD
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff
8
xue zhang
 
university of portsmouth
staff
7
Carlus Hudson
 
University of Portsmouth
6
Becky Jerams
 
University of Portsmouth
Support Staff
5
Walter Tavener
 
Unite Member
Branch Chair
4
Kay Peggs
 
Kingston University
Professor of Criminology and Sociology
3
Nik Wakefield
 
University of Portsmouth
Academic
2
Dylan Lintern-Mole
 
Graduate of Bournemouth University
Member of the public
1
Kieren McEwan
 
University of Portsmouth
Staff