The University of Gloucestershire has been using its expertise to support and inspire students since 1847; today it encompasses three campuses across Cheltenham and Gloucester. Offering a broad range of subjects, students can get hands-on with top-rated equipment in professional-standard facilities. Silver-rated teaching (TEF 2017) and a unique experience helps students to become the graduate they want to be, building their inner confidence, skills and knowledge to fulfil their future plan.

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: G50

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 86%
  • Part Time 14%

Where students come from

  • UK 94%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 5%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The libraries on Park, Oxstalls and Francis Close Hall campuses are open seven days a week during term time and have 24-hour computer access almost all year round. 
  • Resources include thousands of books, e-books and journals, as well as self-service kiosks, PCs, Macs and laptops for loan. 
  • Students can also make the most of private and group study spaces on campus, and access resources off campus too.

Student jobs

  • The county hosts more than 45 festivals a year – nearly one a week – showcasing figures from the worlds of music, literature, science, sports, comedy, poetry and more, and University of Gloucestershire students can often be found volunteering and working behind the scenes.
  • The SU JobShop offers lots of part-time jobs which will fit around studying.
  • The university employs students as student ambassadors, providing a great way to earn money with flexible working hours, as well as learning new skills and showing continuing professional development.

Careers advice

  • Your Future Plan helps students become the graduates they want to be. The careers team helps students enhance their CVs through volunteering, placements, internships, paid work and career management, giving them vital experience and the opportunity to start building important networks of contacts.
  • Your Future Plan continues after graduation, with students able to access expert advice for the next ten years through guidance appointments on site, over the phone or via Skype.
  • The Your Future Plan team also offers advice by email, where graduates can receive feedback on their CV, supporting statement and applications. The annual Your Future Plan Inspiration week offers workshops on skills building and CV writing, with the opportunity to get free professional LinkedIn profile photographs.

Health services

  • Students can register with the university medical centre or associated GP surgery. Students in Cheltenham are supported by the medical centre situated at Park campus; while students in Gloucester are linked to a doctor's surgery adjacent to Oxstalls campus.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university provides a specialist counselling service which is free, confidential and run by qualified, professional counsellors to support student's mental health and well-being. The counsellors understand the pressures of university life and are trained to listen and to help students manage their personal concerns.
  • If students are concerned about mental health or well-being issues, the university's team of experienced advisers are there to help. From one-to-one sessions to group workshops, there are plenty of resources available to support students.

Disability support

  • The disability, dyslexia and learning support service offers confidential, one-to-one support to students with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions.
  • They can help with a wide range of advice including advisory visits to the university before students submit their application, advising on diagnosing specific learning difficulties, and academic support.
  • The university’s halls of residence have accessible rooms on all campuses. These rooms tend to be larger than the other rooms in halls, with accessible bathroom facilities and flexible interiors to suit the level of need required.

Other services and facilities

  • Highly rated Student Support services provide a wide range of information and help, from guidance on finding somewhere to live or applying for finance, to answering academic queries or helping address mental health concerns. Helpzones are available on each of the three main teaching campuses; these are the first port of call for information on all aspects of student life.
  • The chaplaincy team provides support and a listening ear for students of all faiths and none. Each campus has a welcoming Faith Space where students can drop in for tea or coffee, or just enjoy a quiet place to sit. The chaplaincy also offer a varied programme of activities including regular prayer, meditation and mindfulness, interfaith dialogue, Bible study and other discussion groups.

Students' Union

  • With more than 80 sports clubs and societies, there's plenty for students to get involved in; the Students' Union (SU) helps students set up a club or society of their own if they can't find what they're looking for.
  • The SU provides volunteering opportunities and support finding employment through the JobShop.
  • Events include an annual Freshers' Fayre (voted 'best in country' by students in 2018) providing the opportunity to explore everything the university has to offer, with barbecues, fancy dress parties, the Freshers' Ball and the chance to sign up to clubs and societies. The SU Summer Ball has seen performers including Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw and Greg James, Example, Professor Green, Lily Allen, Chase & Status and Jess Glynne.


  • The University of Gloucestershire was granted university status in 2001, with its predecessor colleges delivering quality education in Gloucestershire since 1847.
  • Pittville Student Village opened in Cheltenham in 2017, complementing existing halls of residence and university-managed accommodation across Cheltenham and Gloucester.
  • The brand new Business School and international-standard sports centre opened in September 2018 at the Oxstalls campus, Gloucester.

Fascinating Fact

  • Among its many clubs and societies, the University of Gloucestershire boasts its very own 'Dumbledore’s Army'. The Harry Potter theme continues elsewhere: Francis Close Hall campus is affectionately nicknamed Hogwarts by students; and near Oxstalls campus, Gloucester Cathedral was one of the sets for Hogwarts in the movies.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • PJ Crook – artist and painter.
  • Chris Beardshaw – gardener and broadcaster.
  • Paul Day – sculptor famous for 'The Meeting Place' located at St Pancras Station.
  • Cornelia Parker OBE – Turner-prize nominated artist.
  • Zoe Derham – Commonwealth hammer thrower athlete.
  • Paul Wickens – keyboard player with Paul McCartney’s band.
  • Adam Buxton – TV presenter.
  • Lewis Arnold – director of several short films and TV productions including Misfits (2013), Humans (series 1 episode 6, 2015), Broadchurch (2017) and ITVs Cleaning Up (2019).
  • Sarah Potter – former England international cricketer.
  • Lizzy Yarnold MBE – Olympic gold medallist at PyeongChang (2018) and Sochi (2014) in Skeleton racing, Great Britain's most decorated Winter Olympian.


University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH