FTIS 2018 Conference Venue

About Portsmouth:


Portsmouth is a historic waterfront city on England’s south coast, located on Portsea Island. The city is home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior, Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose, and Horatio Nelson's flagship HMS Victory. The waterfront and Portsmouth Harbour are dominated by the Spinnaker Tower, one of the United Kingdom's tallest structures at 560 feet (170 m).


Everything’s close by in Portsmouth. One minute you could be standing on the deck of an historic ship, the next you could be walking down a bustling shopping street, browsing in a gallery or sitting on the beach.

Fairtrade City:

Portsmouth has been a Fairtrade City since 2004 and the University has been a longstanding supporter of Portsmouth Fairtrade Forum – hosting events and providing grant funding for promotional activities, including the Portsmouth Fairtrade Guide. The University gained Fairtrade Status in 2005 and has continued to extend its use and range of Fairtrade products to cover all catering and retail outlets and in-house catering. The University is committed to promoting Fairtrade products and has agreed a Fairtrade Policy for the University community and the catering services.


Portsmouth is easily accessible through national and international sea, air, rail, and road connections. Travelling around the city is also very easy and most sites are within walking distance. We also have an efficient public bus service and ample taxi services.

By Air: Access to Portsmouth by air is ideally located between three airports: Southampton airport (30 min), Gatwick Airport (1 hour 20 minutes) and Heathrow airport (1 hour 20 minutes) by road. 

By Rail: South West Trains run a service from London Waterloo to Portsmouth that leaves every 15 minutes during peak-times and takes just over 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Portsmouth city centre.

By Bus: Heathrow Airport has a direct National Express coach running directly to the Hard Interchange in Portsmouth just a short 10 minute walk from the University campus.

By Sea: Access to Portsmouth by sea is through a series of ferry services with daily sailings to and from France: Cherbourg (car ferry or fast catamaran), Caen/Ouistreham, Le Havre, St Malo. Twice weekly service to and from Spain (Bilbao).


The University of Portsmouth has one of the best selections of accommodation on the South Coast during the summer vacation period at three locations across the city.

All of the accommodation is close to the seafront and the main visitor attractions including the Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays and the iconic Spinnaker Tower. http://www.eventportsmouth.co.uk/accomodation/