About the University of Gloucestershire

At the University of Gloucestershire, you will study alongside British students and be among a diverse student body comprised of international students representing 44 countries.

There are three faculties within the University:

Faculty of Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Applied Sciences brings together a group of academic subjects, anchored by programs in exercise sciences and hospitality management, with further opportunities in the fields of psychology and events.

Faculty of Media, Arts and Technology

The Faculty of Media, Arts and Technology brings together the highly respected legacy of art and creative education, embedded in the history of the Cheltenham Art School. The faculty has training and research strengths in art, design and humanities.

Faculty of Business, Education and Professional Studies

The Faculty of Business, Education and Professional Studies leads the university’s contribution to economic recovery and future growth in the county. The faculty hosts the university’s Centre for Enterprise and Innovation.

Within these 3 faculties, there are 10 schools:

  • School of Natural & Social Sciences
  • School of Sport & Science
  • School of Leisure
  • School of Accounting & Law
  • School of Business & Management
  • Institute of Education & Public Services
  • School of Art & Design
  • School of Computing & Technology
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Media

Like many universities in England, Gloucestershire is separated into several campuses located throughout Cheltenham and the nearby city of Gloucester. There are three main university campuses: two in Cheltenham (Francis Close Hall and The Park) and a third campus (Oxstalls) in Gloucester. Each campus is distinct in academic departments and programs, plus each has a Learning Centre or library, with computer labs.

There is a free bus service between campuses and town centers to help you get around. In addition, the Urban Learning Foundation is a provider of teacher training and is a small campus of the University of Gloucestershire located in the East End of London.

Francis Close Hall

DSC04352 At the heart of Francis Close Hall (FCH) is a wonderful Gothic quadrangle and clock tower built in the mid-nineteenth century. FCH offers high quality studios, laboratory and display spaces. The campus is home to the University Chapel and a leisure complex is nearby, complete with swimming pool, gym and sports hall.

The Park

The Park is built in a conservation area originally planned as a Victorian ornamental zoo. Modern architecture stands proud in 30 acres of landscaped parkland. A modern teaching centre offers spacious and comfortable teaching park campusrooms and the main lecture theatre has a capacity of 200.

The student village provides accommodation for 180 students in five villas and easy access to the Learning Centre (or library), food outlets and the Students’ Union (SU). There is always plenty going on, from quiz nights to live music, DJs and regular film screenings.


oxstallsThe new Oxstalls Campus is a five minute drive from Gloucester city centre and 10 miles from Cheltenham. Oxstalls is the centre for all sport-related activities and has strong links with Olympic sports injury specialists at the nearby Winfield Hospital, as well as with schools and colleges. The campus also hosts the health and social work programs.

Like the two Cheltenham campuses, Oxstalls has its own students’ union and bar, as well as a technology-rich learning centre, refectory and shop. This campus is easily accessible by local buses departing from Cheltenham.