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Today saw the official opening of Portsmouth College’s latest improvements to facilities, as renovations to the art atrium and the newly built outdoor canopy were officially launched, with special guests and friends of the College attending the celebration. 

After countless hours of work, improvements to the art atrium allows students a renewed and professional space to work, the opportunity to use an industry standard photography studio and darkroom as well as the use of Apple Mac suites for Architecture, Graphic Design and Digital Film courses.

Offering students a sheltered space right outside the main student centre, the canopy allows a large amount of extra social space for our growing number of students, which can be used throughout the year and can seat up to 100 students. Together with the summer refurbishments to our hot food area and the creation of a brand new ‘Costa Coffee’ cafe, students will have first class facilities in our social spaces from this September.

Accompanied with canapes and a glass of fizz, staff, friends and governors were invited to celebrate this official opening as plaques were unveiled commemorating the completed improvements by none other than both Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North and Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South. 

Penny Mordaunt MP, commented:

“This country is powered by the STEAM agenda and as I worked with Steve on this initiative, he knows better than anyone, that we need facilities like these to empower the creative industries. There are so many more opportunities emerging for young people in the City to be inspired, be ambitious and be creative. Art facilities such as these are a game changer and provide high quality education for a culture of talented people.” 

Stephen Morgan MP, shared his fond memories of Portsmouth College where he once was a student in 1997 studying Geography, Sociology and English.

“Portsmouth College is Portsmouth and it’s best. I’ve seen this fantastic College go from strength-to-strength in recent years - Steve being awarded an MBE was a highlight from this year in particular. This new facility for students is the jewel in the crown, promoting creativity, skill and inspiration in our dynamic city. I’m increasingly seeing the College in the spotlight not only locally, but nationally and even internationally which is a great achievement they should be proud of.”

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