Special event celebrates 'truly life changing' jobs programme

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A team who has supported more than 1,000 long term unemployed local people to find work thanked the participants and employers who have helped to make their programme a great success at a special event last week.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Lee Mason hosted the event at the Guildhall to thank those who have contributed to the Solent Jobs Programme - which was set up in 2016 to offer help to anyone living in the Solent area with a recognised health condition who has been out of work for more than two years.


Agricultural waste drives us closer to greener transport

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Sustainable materials can be produced using less energy than glass and carbon fibres and are biodegradable, therefore easier to recycle.

Composite materials made from agricultural waste could be used to produce sustainable, lightweight and low-cost applications in the automotive and marine industries.

A team of researchers, led by the University of Portsmouth, have developed a bio-composite material using date palm fibre biomass (biomass is a term that includes waste material from plants, food waste and sewage) that can be used in non-structural parts, such as car bumpers and door linings. The team also involved researchers from the University of Cambridge, INRA (Institut national de la recherche agronomique, a French public research institute dedicated to agricultural science) and University of Britanny, South.


Council scoops bird protection award

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Representing the partnership (from left) are: Karima Englefield, Bird Aware Lead Ranger; Simon Finch, Corporate Head of Regulatory, Winchester City Council; Anna Parry, Bird Aware Partnership Manager; Mike Allgrove, Planning Policy Manager, Chichester District Council; Rachel Jones, Lead Advisor Sustainable Development, Natural England; Karen Eastley, Senior Planning Officer, Test Valley BC; Paddy May, PUSH Coordinator; Michael Wilson, Leader of Havant Borough Council, Spencer Dawson, Bird Aware Brand and Communications Lead.

Outstanding work to protect iconic bird species has seen Portsmouth City Council handed two prestigious environmental planning awards and short listed for national recognition.

Judges of the Royal Town Planning South East awards hailed the council and its partners in the Bird Award Partnership for their work safeguarding species including Brent geese and curlews.


The Mary Rose wins three Golds at the Beautiful South Awards

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Three Awards 1The Mary Rose is pleased to announce that it triumphed at the Beautiful South Awards, held at the Grand Hotel, Brighton the evening of Wednesday 5 December. The prestigious event celebrates the brilliant tourism businesses and experiences that the South East of England has to offer.

The Mary Rose won gold in each of the three categories it was nominated: Large Visitor Attraction; Business Tourism and Venue; and Access and Inclusivity.

Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, said: “It’s a hat trick! We are thrilled to have won three top prizes at the Beautiful South Awards, in recognition of our efforts to make Mary Rose the most welcoming destination catering to a wide range of audiences. Mary Rose is a must-experience British icon and these big wins motivate us to work even harder to welcome visitors to our wonderful museum.”


Second Portsmouth dentistry student wins national award

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SEYMOUR-Anna-DA webA University of Portsmouth undergraduate has won the prestigious national student of the year award from the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT).

It is the second consecutive year a student from Portsmouth’s Dental Academy has won the award.

Anna Seymour will be awarded with her prize at the BSDHT Oral Health Conference on November 23rd.

Anna has previously won the BSDHT prize for most outstanding undergraduate project, which was awarded at her graduation ceremony this year.

Her project, ‘Is sodium hypochlorite an effective treatment for periodontal disease?’ was judged to be highly relevant to clinicians working as dental hygienists and therapists.

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