The University of Portsmouth is to be the new home of a community radio station, which celebrates life in south-east Hampshire 24 hours a day.
Express FM will now be broadcast from the University’s Eldon Building, meaning the station can work even more closely with the University, with which it already has strong links.
The station was formerly located in Highbury College on Arundel Street. It is now moving to the Eldon Building west wing, a £14m beacon for the arts, which is home to the University’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.
Dean of the Faculty, Professor Catherine Harper, said: “It is wonderful to have a live broadcast operation on campus, which will offer our students and staff professional engagement with the media.
“Embedding a radio station in our institution provides an excellent opportunity for students to take part in career-enhancing activities, which is a key part of our new strategy.
“We’re also delighted that Express FM’s work with Highbury College students will continue, which means we’ll be co-locating different types of students.
“There is so much exciting research happening at the University – from cosmology to sports bra technology – it is important we are known in our own back yard. I think this partnership is a brilliant way to showcase even further the fantastic work the University is doing.”
Express FM is one of the longest-running community stations in the UK and has just been granted its third five-year licence. Its mission is to showcase talent, celebrate success, raise aspirations and give local people a voice. The station broadcasts 45 different shows a week, which are hosted in the main by volunteers.
Express, a not for profit organisation, also runs a wide range of training programmes, designed not only to give people of all ages the skills required to make great radio, but also experiences that make them more employable in whatever career they may choose.
Station director and founder Cheryl Buggy said: “Having started our life at the University's Wiltshire Building, it’s great to be back beginning our 10th year in the prestigious Eldon Building. We have fantastic new studios, and look forward to bringing the Portsmouth community in to be part of such a great and creative multi-media environment."
The station is supported by the University, Highbury College, the Southern Cooperatives and Portsmouth College.