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University of Gloucestershire

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11 000

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Accounting and Law, Art and Design, Business and Management, Communications and Media Production, Computing, Education, Events, Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality, Health and Social Care, Humanities, Natural & Social Sciences; Sport & Exercise

Why Choose University of Gloucestershire?

The University of Gloucestershire is a medium-sized university with over 160 years of history, based on three main campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Through its founding colleges Gloucestershire has delivered high quality teaching and higher education since 1834 and is now recognised as a leading university in the sustainability agenda. With 11,000 students Gloucestershire is big enough to offer variety and flexibility in its courses, yet small enough to provide a friendly atmosphere and a very personal level of support.

The University of Gloucestershire recognises the academic excellence of our international applicants through an extensive scholarship programme. Ensuring academic excellence for each of Gloucestershire’s students is at the core of its university-mission.

Employment success is supported through a professionally-relevant curriculum, extensive internship opportunities, professional recognitions, graduate placements, extensive industrial links and a dedicated careers service.

Students are pro-actively encouraged to become involved in university life through the many clubs and society, student media channels and the Students Union.


Teaching Quality

Promising a brighter future from a proud past, living and learning at the University of Gloucestershire is an education for life.

  • The University’s recent audit by the Quality Assurance Agency (2010) resulted in full confidence being expressed in the University’s management of the academic standards of their awards and the quality of the learning opportunities available to students.
  • The Independent newspaper ranked the university in the top 5 of all modern universities in the UK. (Complete University Guide 2009)
  • The University’s programmes ensure that students are learning skills that quality employers are looking for in new graduates.
  • The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is supporting and encouraging innovation and research into active learning, which focuses on inquiry.  More than simply 'learning by doing', students take part in activities that take place in the field, studio, laboratory and classroom using real sites, community-related and employer-linked activities.
  • The University is proud to be one of the leading providers of business degrees with a professional basis in the UK. Over 30 years it has established an innovative portfolio of Business, HRM, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management programmes.
  • Students benefit from a combination of lecture and tutorial learning, and are assessed through a variety of methods including coursework, practical projects, group work, presentations and examinations. At all levels of study all students engage in extensive self-led research as part of their studies. In all disciplines there is an emphasis on theory in practice encouraging students to experience their subjects in the real world.


Research Quality

The University of Gloucestershire has a vibrant academic community where creative research together with cutting-edge scholarship are conducted at a high level.

  • Gloucestershire’s learning-led environment enables research to thrive across and between academic disciplines, providing the best support for both postgraduate and undergraduate students.
  • The government’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results for Higher Education institutions shows that the University has work of ‘world-leading’ quality in five of its research areas.
  • More than half of the work in seven out of the University’s 12 submissions to the RAE was additionally recognised as of international quality, while all academic areas were judged to be of a quality that is recognised nationally.
  • The university has a dynamic research culture providing a stimulating intellectual context for postgraduate study and a supportive environment for home and international research students.
  • The University has research centres in Centre for the Bible & Spirituality; Centre for Environmental Change and Quaternary Research, Centre for Research in Applied Cognition, Knowledge, Learning & Emotion (CRACKLE); Centre for Research in Consumption, Culture and Communication (CentRiCCC); Centre for Research in Service (CeReS); Centre for Sport, Spirituality & Religion (CSSR); Centre for the Study of Faith, Science and Values in Healthcare; Centre for the Study of Floods and Communities; Centre for Women, Ageing and Media (WAM); Centre of Media, Memory and Community; Centre for Typography and Authorial Design; Exercise & Sport Research Centre (ESRC); International Centre for Biblical Interpretation (ICBI); International Centre for Contemporary Accounting Research (CenCAR); Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Development, Ethics Research (LEaDER).
  • The Department of Sport & Exercise on Oxstalls Campus, Gloucesterconducts research in sport, exercise, physical activity, play, playwork, performing arts, health, wellbeing and spirituality.
  • In the Business School, the main clusters of research activity in the School are in the areas of leadership and change; services marketing, operations and strategy; consumer behaviour; human factors and biomimetics in robotics.
  • In the Institute of Education and Public Services, pedagogic research addresses the needs of primary through tertiary education, and focuses on educational leadership.  The Department of Humanities has particular research strengths in English, History and Theology & Religious Studies, including recent developments in the Bible and Spirituality.  In addition, research funding has been secured to develop the distinctiveness of a pedagogy for Creative Writing. The Department of Natural and Social Sciences has a record of research projects in many established areas, such as Geography, and in newer ones, including Applied Psychology, Animal Biology and Criminology. 
  • The Department of Art and Design offers research opportunities in subject disciplines that include Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, Digital Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Animation and Moving Image. Research in The Media School spans subject disciplines that include Film, Media and Cultural Studies, News and Journalism, Popular Music and Performance, Visual Culture and Cultural History, Gender and Technology, Advertising and Public Relations, Memory, Television, and Ageing.



Students from more than 100 countries come to Gloucestershire for a variety of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes. International students tell us how much they enjoy the safe, central location and excellent learning environment.

  • The University has developed strong links with partner institutions around the world, and members of the international team travel to meet overseas students more frequently than ever before.
  • UK degree programmes are generally shorter than in many other countries because they are more intensive. A UK undergraduate honours degree will normally take three years to complete as compared to four in many countries. Likewise, a full-time postgraduate Masters is a one year programme as compared to two in many other countries.
  • The University of Gloucestershire is pleased to be able to reward academic excellence and operates an extensive scholarship programme for all undergraduate and taught Masters students.
  • International Students have access to the Cheltenham International Language Centre, the University’s own language unit. Students can improve their English Language ability before starting their course, as well as receive ongoing help and support throughout their studies.
  • The university has partnered with Gloucestershire College to offer students a pathway to undergraduate degree programmes. The International Foundation Course at Gloucestershire
  • College is a specially designed programme for international students who have finished their secondary school and wish to continue their studies at the University of Gloucestershire.
  • The International Foundation Course will prepare students for the demands of going on to study alongside British students in a specialist subject with a guaranteed place at the University of Gloucestershire upon successful completion.


Student Satisfaction

There is a real sense of community at the University of Gloucestershire. It has a very professional approach and treats people as individuals.

  • Every student is given their own Academic Review Tutor and is part of a small academic group. Through group and one-to-one meetings they support students through induction and reviewing progress throughout the year.
  • The £5 million investment to create a sustainable, contemporary university is in more than bricks and mortar, it’s also in the future of all the students, however they choose to study.
  • Gloucestershire’s developments have built upon the existing excellent student experience, with each of the three campuses having their own unique identity, but all offering innovative facilities and spaces to create a real sense of community. The University is passionate about providing promising futures, for its students, staff and the community.
  • Students study close to town and city centres, and can take advantage of the state-of-the-art technology and industry-standard working environments.
  • The University believes in rewarding student excellence andhas a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for students who have excelled in their prior learning.


Employable Graduates

The University has a 97% graduate employment success and is ranked eighth of all UK universities for graduate prospects, with graduates going straight into employment or further study after graduation (Times HE 2008):

  • The flexible modular structure of the degrees at Gloucestershire means that students can have more choice about the options they study. Joint Honours degrees are increasingly popular, while Sandwich Courses allow undergraduate students to have a year in paid employment with one of the many employers the University has links with in industry.
  • Developing interpersonal and transferable skills is at the heart of Gloucestershire’s work placements programme.  This is an integral and assessed part of many of the courses and gives students the chance to put their new found skills into practice. Usually placements are during the third year of study before students return for their final year.
  • The university has established a scheme to confirm achievements which do not form part of the formal curriculum (eg volunteering, Students’ Union activities, Course Representation, Student Ambassador, event organisation etc). Some of these achievements can be recorded on the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), which is an electronic record of students’ academic and non-academic achievements whilst studying at a higher education institution. All University of Gloucestershire students will have access to an electronic HEAR.
  • Gloucestershire strives hard to give students the best possible start in the working world, helping them to gain valuable work experience alongside their studies and boosting their CV with additional qualifications in areas such as volunteering. As a sector leader in sustainability it takes a rounded approach to education, helping students grow both academically and as a citizen of the world. Business and enterprise, creative thinking and work experience help its students stand out from the crowd.
  • From research to consultancy, many projects are managed by the Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI). The Graduate Challenge scheme matches employers with graduates, while the BUG competition rewards entrepreneurial students.
  • Gloucestershire runs a Student Ambassador Scheme recruiting new and current students to help new students find their feet to school visits and Open Days.  The Student Ambassadors play a vital role in university life. The scheme provides flexible work opportunities for students to share their experiences with prospective students, receive paid training and manage their own shifts.
  • Many of the social science and social care courses offer the chance for active learning in the workplace, while the sports and exercise students gain practical experience with NHS patients.
  • Landscape architecture students are assessed on community projects, helping people around the county get the most out of their surroundings, while providing training and support for Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Public Protection Panel is just one way Gloucestershire work with local and national government to implement universally beneficial schemes.
  • The SU employs students to work behind the bars and in admin, technical and promotional roles and has a JobShop which could also help students find suitable part-time work. Staff can give tips on your CV and further career prospects.


Variety of Courses

Putting active learning at its heart, Gloucestershire constantly reviews how it delivers its courses both in and out of the classroom.

  • The Faculty of Applied Sciences brings together a group of academic subjects, anchored by the very popular sport and exercise sciences, psychology and events management programmes, to take advantage of an unprecedented decade of major sporting and leisure events in the UK, the hugely important public health agenda with the opportunity to develop further applied sciences provision, and the lifestyle and wellbeing focus of the university’s sustainability strategy.
  • The Faculty of Media, Arts and Technology brings together the highly respected legacy of art and creative education, embedded in the history of the Cheltenham Art School, and the key research strengths in art and design and humanities. Staff within the faculty work closely with local industry and government institutions to ensure the provision of courses that are relevant, current and provide a good platform for employment.
  • The Faculty of Business, Education and Professional Studies leads the university’s contribution to economic recovery and future growth in the county and offers programmes developing skills for life leading to a diverse and growing range of employment options. It also provides opportunities for work-based learning allowing students to explore employment possibilities available and further enhance professional skills. The faculty also hosts the university’s Centre for Enterprise and Innovation.



With a population of more than 500,000 spread across town and country, Gloucestershire is a melting pot of culture and heritage embracing the past and a promising future. It’s big enough to offer something for everyone, but small enough to call home. In

The university is centrally located in the UK and within easy reach of major cities. London is two hours away by car or train, with Birmingham, Bristol and Oxford all less than one hour distant.

There are four different campuses, each with a very specific subject focus. All courses are taught on one campus, but travel between campuses is very easy with the free university bus service which links all campuses and the town centres.

Three of our campuses are based in the beautiful town of Cheltenham, often referred to as the “gateway to the Cotswolds”. Cheltenham is an attractive and peaceful town located in an area of outstanding natural beauty that attracts six million tourists from all over the world every year. Cheltenham is well known for the many festivals that it hosts, including jazz, science, music, cricket, literature and more. It is also home to the world-famous Cheltenham Racecourse, which is also used as a very atmospheric venue for social events and the university graduation ceremony.

Cheltenham is also ideally located to access some of the most beautiful countryside in England – the rolling hills and pretty villages of the Cotswolds are on the doorstep. Stratford upon Avon and Bath are also within easy reach.

Gloucestershire’s newest campus, Oxstalls, is based just a few miles away in the thriving, multicultural city of Gloucester. The city has a lively nightlife, a multitude of bars, cafes and waterside restaurants and a magnificent cathedral. Famous as one of the earliest Roman cities in the UK, Gloucester attracts thousands of visitors each year to its medieval cathedral and well-preserved 18th century docks

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