The University of Portsmouth has confirmed it plans to launch a range of video podcasts for potential students.

It's one of a series of digital initiatives the University has planned. Students in halls of residence will enjoy free broadband access in halls from 2006, and a wireless network across the entire campus by spring 2006.

The new video podcasts aim to give prospective students a flavour of what it's like to study in Portsmouth. In future, the University hopes to feature interviews with visiting experts and guest lecturers.

Claire Sambrook, senior lecturer in the department of Creative Technologies said: "Potential students will be able to watch features about what it's like to be a student in Portsmouth, such as recommendations on where to live, where they can socialise and tips on studying."

The scheme will be developed over the next few months and will include useful tools such as course documentation and advice about careers, including student enterprise and setting up a business. 

The University will be working with local colleges to develop the scheme and set up focus groups and workshops on podcasting. In return students will be given free iPods and be encouraged to take an active part in the work.

Future plans for Podcasts will include interviews with visiting industry guest lecturers and Alumni.