The University of Gloucestershire has grown from its foundation as a teacher training college in 1847 to encompass three campuses across Cheltenham and Gloucester. Students on courses including art and design, business, natural and social sciences and more, can get hands-on with top-rated equipment in industry-standard facilities. Silver-rated teaching (TEF 2017) and a unique experience helps students to find their 'GLO' – their inner confidence, skills, knowledge – and fulfil their future plan.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


In or close to the countryside


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 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 84%
  • Part Time 16%

Where students come from

  • UK 94%
  • EU 1%
  • Other 4%

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


  • 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 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 three 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 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 services

  • As well as helpzones, which can be found on each teaching campus, the university has a specialist counselling service. This is free, confidential and run by qualified, professional counsellors to address mental health and well-being concerns. 
  • Services include one-to-one counselling, drop-in sessions, a programme of workshops and courses, couples’ counselling, specialist sexual health counselling and support for house and study groups in conflict.

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 differences, and academic support.

Other services and facilities

  • 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 nearly 100 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.
  • The SU Summer Ball has seen acts including Chase & Status and Jess Glynne. It is held at the prestigious Cheltenham Racecourse, famous for its Gold Cup week but host to many different events throughout the year.


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

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Gloucestershire's Park campus in Cheltenham includes an 'elephant walk' and a lake in the shape of Africa; it was originally intended to be a zoological garden.

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) and Broadchurch (2017)
  • 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