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, The Park, Oxstalls and The Centre for Art and Photography being near to Francis Close Hall.

Why Choose University of Gloucestershire?

  1. Protect the planet: At the UK’s most sustainable university*, you can help to protect the planet through smart living, research, field trips, community actions, climate strikes and on your course.
  2. Industry links and placements: Every year our students complete over 4,000 placements and internships in the UK and abroad. From London Fashion Week and the BBC, to beachfront hotels in South Carolina or fast paced A&E departments – our students push themselves to graduate a step ahead.
  3. Accommodation guarantee: If you accept us as your first choice and apply for accommodation​, we’ll guarantee you a place in university or partner-managed accommodation.
  4. 1-to-1 advice: We have a Helpzone ​for student queries on every campus. From choosing where to live, accessing dyslexia support, scholarships and funding, or health and wellbeing support – no question is left unanswered. You also get a personal tutor from day 1 to help you get the most out of your degree.
  5. Festival county: We have over 45 festivals a​ year, including jazz, science, food and literature. We also have over 500 pubs, clubs and bars and a whole host of activities in the great outdoors. Gloucestershire isn’t what you might expect – it’s the perfect place to experience the best of both city and country life.
  6. Expert lecturers: Our lecturers are published experts, active researchers, practising artists and experienced professionals who will challenge and inspire you throughout your degree. They’re often still working in their field and can share the latest knowledge and connections.
  7. Over 96% of our Study Abroad students reported an increase in self-confidence*: Studying abroad can be a great way to experience different cultures and learn new skills. You’ll have chances to study abroad, or you can complete international placements and field trips in places like New York, South Africa, Vancouver and Florence. Check course pages for details.
  8. A diverse community: You’ll be joining a vibrant and connected community of over 10,000 students. We have over 80 different sports clubs and societies and the best freshers’ fayre in the country (BAM Freshers’ Fayre Survey 2018).
  9. Cutting edge facilities: From our new sports arena, Business School and Design Centre, to our high-tech labs, mock nursing clinics and film studios – our students work in industry-standard facilities so they can graduate fully prepared. Tour our 3 specialist campuses online.​​​​​​​​
  10. 95% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating*: Your Future Plan provides you with personalised careers and employability support, to help you develop the skills and confidence for a successful future. From volunteering opportunities to writing CVs, we’ll make sure you get the help you need. And you’ll get continued ​support after you graduate.


  • The university is organised into eight schools of study:
  • School of Art and Design
  • School of Business and Technology
  • School of Education
  • School of Health and Social Care
  • School of Liberal and Performing Arts
  • School of Media
  • School of Natural and Social Sciences
  • School of Sport and Exercise


(A) Halls of residence are a type of university-managed accommodation that’s available to all students – new, returning, postgraduate and international.

We currently have around 1,900 self-catered rooms available in halls on or near our campuses – each are close to the Centre of Cheltenham or Gloucester and served by the university bus service.

(B) university-approved private housing. Each year the university’s accommodation team produces a list of approved housing that’s available exclusively to University of Gloucestershire students.


About the university​: Facts

  • 150-year tradition of education dating back to 1847​
  • Approximately 10,000 students studying at its three campuses in Gloucestershire
  • Top 5 in the UK for international student support (ISB, 2017)
  • International students representing more than 60 countries
  • Over 100 academic courses to choose from


Research at the university has been rated as World-Leading 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 recognized as of international quality, while all academic areas were judged to be of a quality that is recognized nationally.

The university invests 12% of academic staff costs in research and scholarly activity. Its strategy states that all academic staff engage in ‘research and scholarly activity’ to the benefit of teaching and learning and allocated research time is used for a ‘range of scholarship and research related activity, which may lead to publication, income generation, knowledge transfer, or practice-based outcomes…’

The university pursues and supports four types of research activity:

1. Postgraduate research being the supervision and training of postgraduate research students. This is funded via course fees and the Quality Related (QR) grant (Research Degree Programme funds.

2. Research and Scholarship being activity to support subject knowledge and pedagogy, professional practice, and the development of research-informed teaching. This is funded via (a) the Teaching grant, 185 hours research and scholarly activity time per person provided through the staff Academic Contract, (b) any additional time to be funded from Faculty investment against priorities identified in Business Plans;

3. Income generating research being commissioned or user-defined work for external agencies. This is funded via the Funding Agency and quantified/coasted through the Project Implementation Management System (PIMS);

4. REF preparation (Research Excellence Framework assessment exercise) being research towards internationally excellent (3*) submissible outputs / impact. This is funded via the HEFCE QR grant.

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