This article details the resources available to you as a University of Portsmouth student at a Collaborative Partner Institution.

In addition to the services and resources provided to you by your local college or institution, there are also many support services and social activities that we can offer you.


Google for University of Portsmouth Students: 

The University of Portsmouth was one of the first universities in the UK to provide Google applications to all students. You will have access to:

  • Google Mail - your own email account with masses of storage, to keep forever
  • Google Calendar - organise your time and share dates with friends
  • Google Docs - share documents and work together, even when you’re not together
  • Google Sites - build your own website for work or play
  • Google Talk - chat for free and share files instantly

Library resources:

Although your own institution will serve most of your information needs, you can take advantage of our online resources while you are registered with us. All you need to start using our online resources are your University of Portsmouth computer account details (username and password). You can find out more by clicking on Getting Started under Help & Support on the University Library website

The University Library website is the launch pad to everything we offer, including information, advice, and details of how to get in touch to ask for help. Highlights include:

Search - the Search box is available from every University Library webpage and is a portal to all our resources. The eJournals, eBooks and Databases searches will help you find online resources you can use immediately wherever you are studying. If you are going to visit Portsmouth the Catalogue search will show you what we hold as printed resources

  • My Subject - a page bringing together all the key resources for your subject to help you get started

  • Help and Support - everything you need to know to get started - guides and flash videos for key resources, troubleshooting, and up-to-date advice on common problems

  • Information Resources - comprehensive listings of all our online resources. Click on the headings in the left-hand menu to explore our ebooks, ejournals, and databases more thoroughly

  • Referencing - click on the purple R button on the Library homepage to access our comprehensive suite of guides and tools on referencing, from worked examples to commonly asked questions. Check with your teaching staff which referencing system to use

If you live close enough to visit and make use of our physical resources, you will need your Campus Card. Once you have your University of Portsmouth username and password and a digital ‘passport style’ photo of yourself (in jpeg format), you can easily request your campus card from the online store

Students’ Union:

All students are automatically associate members of the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union.

The Union proudly offers you a vast and diverse range of activities and events which always prove popular. Whatever you are looking for from your University experience, we can help make it happen - whether it be joining a club or society through to volunteering opportunities and raising money for charity, we are here for you.

Keep up to date with all the latest information, opportunities, and events on the Students’ Union website at and even watch the lastest Union videos at

The NUS Extra card is your official Union and NUS membership card. It entitles you to a range of benefits and services through the Union and the NUS, including discounts for music, travel, and health and beauty. For more information and to register, please visit the Students’ Union. 


Student Charter:

The University, supported by the Students’ Union, has produced a Student Charter as a guide to staff and students to explain our shared commitment and responsibility in providing a high quality student experience. For more information about the Student Charter, please see What is the Student Charter? article in the related articles box below.


Moodle is the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) and many of our collaborative programmes are supported by Moodle. Your local Course Leader will be able to advise you if this facility is available for your programme - if so, you will have access to course materials, reading lists, discussion forums, and blogs, as well as other useful resources at There is also a calendar, email facility, and a page where announcements can be posted.

The interactive learning resource, skills@portsmouth, is also available through your Moodle login.

Online Academic Skills Unit (ASK):

Our Academic Skills Unit (ASK) provides advice and guidance on specific academic and study skills, such as essay writing, time management, and presentations. These are essential in order to progress as a student at whatever level. Many resources are available to you through the ASK online service. For more information see What does ASK do? article in the related articles box below.   

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