University of Gloucestershire



Quick Facts

  • The 2014 Research Excellence Framework show that the University is ‘world-leading’ in all of its submitted research areas.
  • The University of Gloucestershire is a Skillset Media Academy.New fashion, product design, science and media facilities opened 2014.
  • Recognised excellence in Sport and Physical Activity, Geography and English, History and Theology.

The University of Gloucestershire is a public university based in Gloucestershire, England. It is located over three campuses, two in Cheltenham and one in Gloucester, namely Francis Close Hall, Park and Oxstalls.

The university is the recent successor of a large number of merged, name-changed and reformed institutions of further and higher education. Its history spans nearly two centuries. It originates from the merger of two distinct strands of educational provision in Gloucestershire being that provided by Local Government and that founded by the Anglican Church.The university traces its earliest Civic history to the Cheltenham Mechanics’ Institute in 1934, and to the Cheltenham Training College in its Church history, established in 1847, by the Reverend Francis Close. Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education was created in 1990 from the two distinct strands. In October 2001, the college was awarded University status.

The university provides over 120 undergraduate courses and around 70 taught post-graduate courses within three faculties; Media, Arts and Technology, Business Education and Professional Studies, and Applied Sciences. The university is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for accounting and finance, biosciences, media and photography and film studies.

Colleges and Schools
The university is organised into three faculties, each containing schools of study. These are:

  • Faculty of Media and Technology
  • School of Art and Design
  • School of Computing and Technology
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Media
  • School of Education
  • Business School
  • School of Accounting and Law
  • School of Business and Management
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • School of Sport and Exercise
  • School of Natural and Social Sciences
  • School of Leisure
  • School of Health and Social Care

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Over 7,500 students and 1,100 staff.

Entrance Requirements
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Whether you want to live in halls of residence, in private housing or in lodgings, the accommodation team provides a wide range of student accommodation to suit your needs. If you are an international student and have accepted your University of Gloucestershire offer, you are guaranteed a place in university halls or university-managed accommodation if you apply by 12 August.

Recent £5-m investment to improve facilities and student experience. More than 500 open access computers and full Wi-Fi coverage. Oxstalls offers a heavily discounted gym and a free-to-use sports hall.

Each campus is home to a refectory selling various dishes at competitive prices. Over the past few years we have invested in a number of new buildings and facilities, including our Media Centre, our Fashion Mezzanine, and our Strength and Conditioning Suite. We’ve also got a lot planned for the coming year, including a new computing suite and our new Performing Arts and Events Centre. We’ve also got plans in the pipeline for a student village near to our Cheltenham campuses.

There is an inter-campus bus service available during term-time between Gloucester and Cheltenham. Both Gloucester and Cheltenham are well served with road and rail links. The closest railway station is Cheltenham Spa.It takes about 25 minutes to walk from the station to the campus.

Living in Gloucestershire
Home to the Cheltenham Racecourse and Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucestershire’s got a strong sporting heritage. You’ll also find an exciting range of activities you can try out yourself, from snowboarding and water sports, to mountain biking and paintballing. If it’s events and festivals you’re after you’ll find no shortage here. In fact, we hold over 45 festivals every year – that’s nearly one every week!

Gloucestershire is alive with an eclectic mix of events, with over 45 festivals every year – that’s almost one every week! Many of our students work and volunteer with festivals such as 2000 Trees and Wychwood, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Newton Faulkner, Funeral for a Friend and Bob Geldof. You’ll also find our students working alongside literary greats like Ian McEwan and Margaret Atwood at theCheltenham Literature Festival, or listening to speakers such as Brian Cox and Richard Dawkins at the Science Festival.