University of Gloucestershire
|University of Gloucestershire|
|Motto||In animo et veritate (Latin)|
|Motto in English||In Spirit and Truth|
|Established||2001 - gained University Status
1834 - Mechanics' Institute
|Endowment||£2.32 m (2011)|
|Chancellor||Rennie Fritchie, Baroness Fritchie|
|Other students||220 FE|
|Location||Cheltenham and Gloucester, England, UK
The University’s history can be traced back to 1847, when the Cheltenham Training College was established by the Reverend Francis Close. Rev. Close was the then Anglican Rector of Cheltenham who became Dean of Carlisle in 1856, and the foundation stone to the university’s Francis Close Hall campus was laid in 1849. In 2001, the institute was given university status being named Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education. The oldest of the three campuses, Francis Close Hall campus, houses Education, Public Services, Humanities and Science subjects. The Centre for Art and Photography is situated down the road from Francis Close Hall campus. Formerly a botanical garden and originally intended to be a zoological garden, Park campus houses Business, Computing, Law, Accounting and Media courses. Guest speakers to the campus include journalist Sir Trevor MacDonald and Tony Wadsworth, former Chief Executive of EMI. Oxstalls campus was opened in 2002 in Longlevens, Gloucester. The campus houses Leisure, Sport and Exercise courses. Guest speakers to the campus include Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave.
In February 2012 Baroness Rennie Fritchie was announced as the new Chancellor. Sir Henry Elwes was announced as the new Pro-Chancellor in addition to the Bishop of Gloucester Michael Perham, who is the university’s current Pro-Chancellor. Stephen Marston was announced as Vice Chancellor of the university in August 2011.
Results from the 2014 Destination of Leavers survey showed 94% of students gained graduate jobs.
The University of Gloucestershire offers foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research degrees with part-time, full-time or distance learning options.
The University of Gloucestershire’s moto is ‘in amnio et verate’ meaning ‘in sprit and in truth’.
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses, faculties and courses
- 3 Organization and administration
- 4 Research
- 5 Student Life
- 6 Enterprise
- 7 Sport
- 8 Alumni
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
The University of Gloucestershire first set down its roots in the county community in 1847, when the Cheltenham Training College was established by the Reverend Francis Close. Rev Close was the then Anglican Rector of Cheltenham who became Dean of Carlisle in 1856, and the foundation stone to the University’s Francis Close Hall campus was laid in 1849.
Early roots, mergers and agreements
- 1834 – Cheltenham Mechanics' Institute
- 1840 – Gloucester Mechanics' Institute
- 1847 – Cheltenham Training College (Church Foundation)
- 1852 – Cheltenham School of Art
- 1920 – St Paul's College of Education
- 1920 – St Mary's College of Education
- 1967 – Gloucestershire College of Education
- 1979 – College of St Paul and St Mary
- 1980 – The Higher Education part of Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology
- 1990 – Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education
- 2001 – University of Gloucestershire
The university is the recent successor of a large number of merged and name-changed institutions of further and higher education. Its history began with the Cheltenham Mechanics' Institute founded in 1834. From 1992, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education (CGCHE) was permitted to award first and postgraduate degrees and in 1998 it achieved research degree awarding powers. However, it was only in 2001 that the University of Gloucestershire was awarded university status. Its history spans nearly two centuries.
The University of Gloucestershire's Strategic Plan 2012-2017 outlines its mission statement, values and goals.
A 10-year Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the Vice Chancellor and the Principals of Gloucestershire College and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College to support access to higher education locally in Gloucestershire.
The university has pursued an environmental sustainability strategy since 1993, and was the first UK university to meet the ISO 14001 environmental management standard. In the People & Planet Green League 2008 published by the Times Higher Education (THE), it was ranked as the greenest university in the UK. The university is the only UK institution to be consistently ranked in the top five of the league since its inception in 2007. The university is also a regular winner at the EUAC Green Gown Awards, winning the award for Continuous Improvement in 2008 and 2012. RCE Severn is a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) in Sustainability Education based at the university. It is endorsed by the United Nations University and one of 85 similar centres throughout the world.
ERASMUS and BCA
- Dame Janet Trotter was the Vice-chancellor and Principal from 2001, retiring in 2006.
- Patricia Broadfoot, resigned in March 2010.
- Paul Hartley, until July 2011
2009 - 2012 resignations
In 2009/2010 several formerly senior figures in the university resigned. In November 2009, Paul Bowler, the deputy vice-chancellor resigned shortly after being suspended from his post only seven months after joining the institution. Paul Bowler, a former investment banker who joined Gloucestershire in May 2009, was on a week's leave when he was told not return to work. On 7 December, a university spokesperson said, "The deputy vice-chancellor Paul Bowler, has resigned. Financial benefits have not been sought by Mr Bowler, who is leaving of his own accord to pursue other interests".
In December 2009 Dr Sharp, Dean and Associate Pro Vice-chancellor, following his resignation, took up a post in the new UK Higher Education International Unit.
The Vice-Chancellor, Patricia Broadfoot, resigned in March 2010, during conflicting views on the financial health of the institution. The precise circumstances of this resignation and the salary paid to her as recorded in the public accounts have attracted various media attention being the reported highest of all UK Vice-chancellors for the year.
In September 2010, Paul Bowler was a witness in an employment tribunal case brought by a member of staff of the University under the ‘whistleblowing’ legislation - the Public Interest Disclosure Act. The tribunal found for the complainant and outcome was reported in the higher education press.
In March 2011, Paul Hartley resigned.
Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor, has committed himself to listening to staff concerns. He states 'new culture' being addressed and reports a new senior management Human Resources appointment.
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. The awards are run by The Times newspaper’s national and world renowned education supplement, and aim to showcase examples of extraordinary innovation and teamwork.
Stewart Dove, Director of Student Support at the University of Gloucestershire, said: "I am delighted that the Student Services Department has been shortlisted for this national award, it is a strong reflection of the skill, dedication and care shown by the whole team to our students on a daily basis. This is an award category that is highly competitive, so to get shortlisted is a significant achievement, and one that the team can feel very proud of."
Student Services is made up of a range of teams all fully focused on both helping students to feel supported in many aspects of their lives while they are at University and to be successful within their studies. Two key initiatives run by the team are DegreePlus and the Student Helpzones.
DegreePlus helps students boost their employability skills whilst they study, such as offering volunteering opportunities, workplace internships, and the opportunity to achieve a University Employability Award, so that when they graduate they can confidently compete in the busy and often difficult jobs market.
Six months after completing their degree over 90% of University of Gloucestershire graduates are in employment or doing further study and the team aims to continue improving this. DegreePlus offers over 1,500 opportunities for volunteering, placements and internships and runs the University’s Employability Award.
In the 2014 annual Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey the University of Gloucestershire ranks 50th.
The survey is now in its ninth year and polls student opinion on twenty-one aspects of university life. These are areas students have said matter to them most. They include 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 how helpful/interested staff are and the environment on campus.
Campuses, faculties and courses
The university currently has over 11,000 full and part-time students. It has three campuses located in Cheltenham and Gloucester. A campus in London was sold in April 2010. Each campus is equipped with IT and library resources. All of the three campuses are connected electronically and there is a bus service between campuses and town centres.
The four faculties in the university were restructured to three from September 2010 being renamed as:
- Faculty of Media, Arts and Technology, which includes the School of Art and Design, School of Computing and Technology, School of Humanities and the School of Media.
- Faculty of Business, Education and Professional Studies includes the School of Accounting and Law, School of Business and Management, and the Institute of Education and Public Services.
- Faculty of Applied Sciences which includes the School of Sport and Exercise, the School of Natural and Social Sciences, and the School of Leisure.
The university offers over 130 undergraduate courses covering a variety of subjects such as undergraduate courses in Accounting and Law, Business Management, Computing, Geography, Biology, Social Science, Education and Sports.
The Media School, was relocated to the Park Campus in 2011 from Pittville Studios. The state of the art facilities include an open newsroom, studios, editing suites and teaching facilities. The School supports a range of courses including Journalism, Digital Film Production and TV and Radio Production. It has been awarded Skillset Media Academy status and is part of the North by Southwest - The Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Skillset Media Academy Partnership.
The Faculty of Business, Education and Professional Studies is located on this campus providing education for business, management, law, marketing, computing, leisure, tourism and hospitality and media subjects. It is also home to the moot court room which was completed in 2013.
The Park, Cheltenham, is the largest of the campuses and holds the most events.
Student accommodation is available in the Park villas, Challinor, Eldon & Merrowdown and Eldon & Merrowdown Annexe located on and next to the campus as well as Spa Court and Regency Halls across the town of Cheltenham.
A partnership with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust was launched in May 2009, and the Park Campus grounds became designated as a Community green space. The garden includes over 900 trees, both native and ornamental, a shallow lake, and a meadow with native species.
Francis Close Hall (FCH)
FCH is based in the restored historic buildings at Francis Close Hall, nearest to Cheltenham's town centre. The campus can trace its history back to the college founded by the Revd. Francis Close in 1847.
The campus is also home to the University’s Archives and Special Collections Department, the official repository for the historic records of the University. It also contacts several special collections relating to Gloucestershire and beyond. The department is custodian of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Library, and curates and maintains the Gloucestershire Poets, Writers and Artists Collections, which includes works and artefacts relating to the Dymock Poets, Whittington Press, U A Fanthorpe and James Elroy Flecker. It is also custodian of the Paul Oliver Collection of African American Music and Related Traditions (Blues Collection), the Triggs Reser (Banjo) Collection and the Local Heritage Initiative Archive. The department is open to staff, students and the public.
The campus has a mix of Humanities, Education, Natural & Social Science and creative subjects.
Student accommodation is available in Shaftsbury hall (on campus), Hardwick Halls and Regency Halls. Further accommodation includes St Georges, St Mary's, Maidenhorn and Whitehart.
Centre for Art and Photography (formally known as Hardwick)
The Hardwick Centre for Art and Photography opened in 2011 and is in close proximity to Francis Close Hall. The purpose built studios cater for students studying a mixture of creative subjects including its Fine Art (undergraduate and postgraduate) and Photography degrees. It has recently been renamed as the Centre for Art and Photography.
The Faculty of Applied Sciences is located at Oxstalls campus. The purpose built Oxstalls campus is located in Gloucester. The campus opened in 2002 (the site having been previously used for Computing and Business courses in the late 1980s/early 90s). It offers a range of sports facilities including a floodlit all-weather pitch, a fitness suite, and laboratory facilities for a range of disciplines including bioassessement and a drumming laboratory, which has developed from the Clem Burke Drumming Project, exploring the physical and psychological effects of drumming.
Pittville Studios is located on Albert Road, Cheltenham, and was the home of the Faculty of Media, Art and Communications. It was founded as Cheltenham School of Art over 150 years ago. However, in October 2009, the University announced that the campus was to be closed by 2011 due to 'financial difficulties' of the University. All courses held here are to be moved to other campuses. The University is reported as selling half the campus site.
Pittville Student Village
The universities' estates strategy outlines a 10-year investment plan to refurbish, upgrade and develop facilities to support the experience of our students, staff and our communities. The Pittville Student Village project forms part of this strategy. At a Public Consultation event at Pittville, in May 2013, some initial concepts and ideas for the redevelopment were presented. The project will be phased in order to deliver the completed scheme ready for the commencement of the 2016 academic year.
The Faculty of Media, Arts and Technology is now distributed over other Cheltenham campuses.
Student accommodation is available in Regency Halls, located near the town centre, and Pittville Halls, located in campus, all with en-suite single study bedrooms.
The London Campus
The London Campus was established in 1973 as the Urban Learning Foundation (ULF) with the aim of enhancing the quality of initial teacher training. In September 2003, the ULF became part of the University of Gloucestershire. The London Campus offered a one year Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education and was the base for the North East London Graduate Teacher Programme (Primary). The university arranged and supervised Teaching Placements in urban schools for students from other colleges around the country.
£8.3 million was spent refurbishing the London campus. Following the refurbishment, it reopened in February 2009. The university announced the closure of the London Campus in September 2009. Times Higher Education quoted a spokeswoman as saying "We have decided to consolidate our business in Gloucestershire, reducing operational costs." This, as with Pittville Studios was another casualty of issues related to the funding cap on recruitment by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the 'financial difficulties' of the University of Gloucestershire.
The London Campus was sold for £9.7 million to LHA London Limited in April 2010. The LHA was founded in 1940 to help people made homeless by the Blitz. Today with 12 sites across the city they provide affordable accommodation for more than 1450 students, young professionals and those new to London, providing quality accommodation.
Organization and administration
Council is the University's governing body and is responsible for the educational character and mission of the University, the approval of annual estimates of income and expenditure, the appointment of senior staff, and the Articles of Association (revised September 2011) that set out the formal governance arrangements of the University.
Council currently comprises 18 members:
- 14 external members;
- 4 members from the University community, including the Vice-Chancellor, representatives for both academic and support members of staff, and the President of the Students' Union.
Council and its Committees
Council has created the following committees to assist in its work:
- Audit Committee
- Employment Policy Committee, and Council, Trades Unions & Managers Consultative Committee
- Governance and Nominations Committee
- Honorary Awards Committee
- Remuneration Committee
- Finance and General Purposes Committee
University Executive Committee
The University Executive Committee is responsible for all matters associated with the development and management of the University including:
- the University Strategy
- academic provision
- financial matters
- HR matters
- matters related to marketing, the recruitment of students, external relations and communications
- matters related to student experience and welfare
University Executive Committee currently comprises nine members including the Vice-Chancellor as Chair.
University of Gloucestershire's research 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 recognised as of international quality, while all academic areas were judged to be of a quality that is recognised nationally.
The university invests 12% of academic staff costs in research and scholarly activity.
The university pursues and supports four types of research activity:
- Postgraduate research - the supervision and training of postgraduate research students - Funded via Course fees and QR grant (Research Degree Programme funds)
- Research and Scholarship - activity to support subject knowledge and pedagogy,professional practice, and the development of research-informed teaching - Funded via a) Teaching grant, 185 hours research and scholarly activity time (b) Any additional time to be funded from Faculty investment against priorities identified in Business Plans
- Income generating research - commissioned or user-defined work for external agencies - Funded via Funding agency, Quantified through PIMS
- REF preparation (Research Excellence Framework assessment exercise)- research towards internationally excellent (3*) submissible outputs / impact - Funded via HEFCE Quality-Related (QR)grant
The University of Gloucestershire's Students' Union has four full-time officers and 11 part-time officers. The officers are voted for by students, and the current president (2013–14) is Rickesh Patel.
The Students’ Union supports the running of over 100 sports teams’ societies ranging from Rugby, Netball and Hockey to Equestrian, Trampoline and Kendo. Societies include; Beekeeping, RAG (Raising and Giving) and subject based societies. The University of Gloucestershire competes in a sports varsity tournament every year playing against the University of Worcestershire and has remained undefeated for 10 years.
The University of Gloucestershire launched the Degreeplus initiative in 2012 designed to give students the chance to increase their employability through volunteering, entrepreneurship and internships.
Student feedback is collected in a variety of ways. These include the National Student Survey (NSS). The university's response rate in the 2012 National Student Survey was 70%, higher than the sector rate of 67%. Surveys also include the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).
In 2013, the university opened up its first Enterprise Hub. The Enterprise Hubs are aimed specifically at early-stage creative and innovative entrepreneur-run businesses offering physical and virtual support to help develop businesses. With four physical incubation sites across Gloucester and Cheltenham, the Hubs offer both office space and business advice.
The Venture programme has been created by the university to offer lectures, workshops and mentoring in business for both students and alumni.
The university’s Gloucestershire Enterprise Society, run by the Student’s Union, offers students free business advice, talks and training as well as social events, trips and activities.
The University of Gloucestershire has a long sporting tradition and, in particular, invests expertise into seven focus sports, Rugby League, Rugby Union, hockey, football, tennis, netball and volleyball.
The University has been at the forefront of developing rugby league at student level for nearly a decade. It has now moved into the professional ranks, with the Gloucestershire All Golds rugby league team entering Championship 1 in March 2013.
In 2012 the University’s Sport Malawi initiative won gold at the London 2012 Games-inspired Podium Awards. The Malawi National Olympic team was hosted by the University, which worked in partnership with Gloucester City Council, Cheltenham Borough Council, Sandford Parks Lido, and Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust to create a Gloucestershire Consortium which provided facilities for the team during their preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Student accommodation was made available in Oxstalls Halls (on campus), Ermin Hall and Upper Quay.
Initiation rites and student behaviour
In October 2008, the university was subject to an investigation by journalists on student initiation rites, after the BBC obtained a copy of a secretly-filmed video featuring students with bags over their heads drinking and vomiting, overlooked by another student dressed in what the press described as a "Nazi officer uniform".
A further incident in December 2008 resulted in a Rugby club member vomiting on board a bus, following what a local newspaper called a "booze-fuelled initiation ceremony".
The university’s Alumni Association has a global network of more than 39,000 former students and staff from the University and its constituent colleges. The Association produces a monthly newsletter, arranges events and can help to reunite old colleagues and friends.
Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships have been awarded to a wide range of people, including musician and philanthropist Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), actor and director Simon Pegg, poet U A Fanthorpe, soprano Dame Felicity Lott and George Carey. Honorable Fellowships have been awarded to people including broadcaster, physicist and broadcaster Kathy Sykes, international cricketer R C ‘Jack’ Russell, garden designer and television presenter Chris Beardshaw and sculptor Lynn Chadwick.
- Paul Bailey
- Chris Beardshaw (television gardening expert)
- Henry Bond (writer and photographer)
- Chris Broad (cricketer)
- Adam Buxton (Comedian)
- Jon Callard (England rugby international)
- Tony Cragg (artist)
- PJ Crook (artist)
- Paul Day (sculptor)
- Peter Edwards (artist)
- David Gandy (Model)
- Gordon Hugenberger (theologian, ESV Translator)
- Beverley Knight (Singer, Songwriter)
- Anne Hardy (artist)
- Richard Loncraine (film maker)
- Cornelia Parker (artist)
- Kevin Scott (theologian)
- Lizzy Yarnold (Olympic skeleton gold medallist 2014)
- No Atlas (band)
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