University of Gloucestershire
The university offers over 120 undergraduate courses covering a variety of subjects including Accounting and Law, Business Management, Computing, Journalism, Fine Art, Humanities, Biology, Social Science, Education and Sports within 10 academic schools.
As well as offering part-time and full-time options for undergraduate study, the university has a number of courses available as Fast Track two-year full-time programmes.
The university offers over 70 taught post-graduate courses in the areas of: Accounting and Law, Business and Management; Computing, IT and Multimedia; Health and Social Care; Education; Humanities; Leisure; Media, Art and Design; National and Social Sciences and Sport and Exercise.
The university’s Teaching and Learning Strategy embeds five core principles of learner empowerment, active engagement, learning in communities, education for sustainable development and learning for equality, diversity and intercultural understanding. It is led by the Academic Development Unit (ADU) which is the central point for the development and support of academic practice for staff and undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The university is ranked 54th in the 2016 Guardian University Guide. The university ranks in the top 20 universities for the specific subject areas of Biosciences, English and Creative Writing, and Media and Film Studies. On the indicator that measures student satisfaction with feedback and assessment by lecturers, the university is in the top 30 universities nationally. The graduate employability figure has increased, with 5% more students getting a graduate-level job or starting further training within six months of leaving university.
In the 2014 annual Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey the University of Gloucestershire ranks 50th. The survey polls student opinion on twenty-one aspects of university life including academic and staffing issues, social life, the cost of on-campus services and the standard of facilities. The University of Gloucestershire achieved its highest scores for the good personal relationship with teaching staff and the library and its opening hours. Second highest scores were for the helpfulness of staff and the environment on campus.
The university was ranked third in the People and Planet green league in 2013 achieving ‘First Class Honours’.
Results from the 2014 Destination of Leavers survey showed 94% of students were in employment or further study within six months of graduating.
The 2014 National Student Survey revealed that 84% of final year undergraduate students at the University of Gloucestershire expressed overall satisfaction with their experience, the university’s best ever result, and up 4% on the previous year.
The 2012 crime rates listed by the Complete University Guide named the University of Gloucestershire as the safest place to study in the south west, and in the top 10 nationwide.
In April 2014 the University of Gloucestershire was short-listed for the award of Outstanding Student Services Team in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.
Originally founded by Reverend Francis Close, we began life as the Cheltenham Training College at the site that has since become our Francis Close Hall campus (FCH). Since then we have evolved through a number of phases, from becoming the St Paul’s and St Mary’s Colleges in 1921, to becoming the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education in 1990.
Today the university warmly welcomes staff and students of all faiths and none, while still maintaining a close affiliation with our Christian heritage. You’ll find a Faith Space at each of our primary campuses, including the chapel at FCH, all of which operate an ‘open to all’ policy.
We now offer a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees, along with professional programmes and short courses. Use our course finder to see what’s on offer.