The University of Gloucestershire - a snapshot of the year
The University has been developing rapidly in recent years. The 2015-16 academic year was no exception. View a summary
of main developments in teaching and learning, in support for graduates' employability, and our wider work in the community.
We were particularly pleased to achieve the hat-trick of progress in our three key goals last year. Student satisfaction rose to 86%, which is above the England average. Our employment indicator (which measures the percentage of new graduates going into jobs or further study) rose to 95%, which puts us in the top third of Universities. And for those of you interested in teacher training, we were rated “Outstanding" by Ofsted for both our primary and secondary programmes.
The University's Media School has been shortlisted for a new HEA award - the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) - which recognises teaching excellence and the positive impact on student experience. And Dr David Webster, the University's Head of Teaching and Learning Innovation and Religion, Philosophy and Ethics lecturer, has been awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship.
This latest news comes three months after the University scored highly for teaching quality in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, ranking 27th out of 123 universities.
So we are making progress!
You will have noticed that we are in the midst of making some big changes across all our campuses.
We unveiled the designs for our landmark new Business School and Growth Hub building at the Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The designs can be seen on the growing the University in Gloucester webpage
This marks the next major step for the University towards realising its ambitious vision to develop new facilities for teaching, business services, sports and student accommodation in Gloucester. The Oxstalls development plans are being developed in partnership with the City and County Councils, Aspire Sports & Cultural Trust, the Local Enterprise Partnership, and a range of local and national sports governing bodies.
The flagship building will be the new home for the University's Business School, currently located in Cheltenham, and will provide expanded space and facilities for the Growth Hub which is already based at Oxstalls. The goal is to bring business education, applied research, economic development, and business support services all together under one roof, with benefits for students, businesses and the wider community in Gloucestershire and beyond.
The new £38million Student Village at the Pittville campus in Cheltenham will provide 577 new en-suite student rooms, 214 refurbished existing rooms, a shop, refectory, bar, students' gym and multi-use games area, all set in landscaped grounds. The buildings are going up now, and should be ready for new students to move in next Autumn.
Public lecture series
The public lecture series
aims to showcase the outstanding work and research from across the University.
Launched in 2015, the lectures will be given or hosted by academics from the University of Gloucestershire and will celebrate some of the most interesting and influential work that the university is undertaking from across a wide range of fields.
Dr Jane Monckton-Smith presents the next public lecture on February 23, entitled "What do we really think about murderers?"
Book your free ticket and find out more
about other events in the public lecture series.
Advertising students win top industry award
Two advertising students from the University of Gloucestershire have won the prestigious DMA Breakthrough Award 2016 – one of marketing's leading awards celebrating the next generation of talent coming into the industry.
Alis Hâf Rees and Amy Armstrong-Jeffery, both BA (Hons) Advertising students at the University, were presented the award in front of senior figures from across the marketing industry at a glittering ceremony at London's Old Billingsgate on 6 December.
The 3rd year creative team, both 20 years old, took home first place, leaving with a cash prize of £1,000, a paid internship at a top agency and the DMA Breakthrough Award.
The duo were up against students from 11 different universities from across the UK, all responding with their own creative advertising campaign for The Economist, this year's Award sponsor. Their 'To be read' campaign was victorious thanks to their understanding of the challenge set out in the brief and presenting a campaign to the judges that they felt could genuinely be used by The Economist.
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