University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire (GLO) began as a teacher training college in 1847 and now comprises three campus sites across Cheltenham and Gloucester: Francis Close Hall, Oxstalls, The Park.

There is also a Centre for Fashion, Art and Photography located in Chletenham. The Park, Cheltenham is the heart of the university and the largest of the three.

Dating back to the 19th century, it started life as a zoological, botanical and horticultural garden and includes an elephant walk and a lake in the shape of Africa. The area is known for the Cheltenham Racecourse, which is used for university social events and the students’ graduation ceremony.

Fast facts


  • Gloucestershire, England

Number of students

  • 8,505

International students

  • 500


  • School of Art and Design
  • Business School
  • 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

Notable Alumni

  • Richard Loncraine, British filmmaker awarded with the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival
  • Cornelia Parker, Artist
  • Paul Day, Sculptor

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Librarianship and Information Management - 11th in the UK
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism - 11th in the UK
  • Town & Country Planning and Landscape- 17th in the UK
The Complete University Guide, 2019


The University of Gloucestershire has a vibrant academic community where creative research is conducted at a high level. More than 25% of the research done by the university was recognised as internationally excellent or world-leading in the 2014 REF.

The University of Gloucestershire holds a TEF Silver which 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.


in the UK for Librarianship and Information Management

The Complete University Guide, 2019


in the UK for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism

The Complete University Guide, 2019


in the UK for Town & Country Planning and Landscape

The Complete University Guide, 2019


Gloucestershire is a county in South West England.

The county comprises part of the Cotswold Hills, part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn, and the entire Forest of Dean. The county town is the city of Gloucester, and other principal towns include Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud, Tewkesbury and Dursley.

Gloucestershire is a historic county mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in the 10th century, though the areas of Winchcombe and the Forest of Dean were not added until the late 11th century. Gloucestershire originally included Bristol, then a small town.

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  • Offering a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD degrees, students can choose to study subjects such as accounting and law, business management, computing, journalism, fine art, humanities, biology, geography, social science, education and sports. Gloucestershire also offers two year "fast-track" courses in subjects such as law and business, which allows students to enter the workplace or further training faster and at a lower cost.
  • Your Future Plan is the university’s scheme to guarantee every undergraduate student support to formulate a personal career plan, which they begin working on in their first year of study. It works to develop their presentation skills, volunteering, completing internships and work placements, working on live briefs and running sports teams and social clubs and societies.


The University of Gloucestershire has various scholarships available for international students. Each country may offer different scholarships and/or student loans. For further information, please contact the Inova Education team, we are experts in this field and will help you to identify the best option for you.

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