October 2016

 

A snapshot of the year 

The University has been developing rapidly in recent years and going from strength to strength. 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 new student enrolments to the University this year are up by 6.1%.

And for those of you interested in teacher training, we were rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted for both our primary and secondary programmes.

So we are making progress!

 

New developments taking shape on campus

If you haven’t visited for a while, there are some big changes going on across our campuses. We are building a new £38million Student Village at the Pittville campus in Cheltenham. When completed next year, it 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.  

Over at Oxstalls in Gloucester, we have outline planning permission for a transformation of the campus. We are going to build a new Business School and Growth Hub at the north end of the existing campus, a new Sports Hall and all weather playing fields at Plock Court, and 200 new student bedrooms. This ambitious scheme is on track for completion by Autumn 2018.

The Park Campus is home to our successful and expanding Schools of Computing and Technology, and Media.  Last summer Computing was rehoused in new accommodation, and this year we have added new media technology facilities

University student ambassador kit gets the Superdry touch

The University has teamed up with Cheltenham-based global brand Superdry to create new kit for the University’s Student Ambassadors. Co-designed by two graphic design students working alongside Superdry Graphic Design Head, Matty Charman, the new t-shirts and hoodies sport the university crest, its UCAS reference number (G50), and the Superdry logo.

The collaboration is the latest step in a growing partnership between the University and Superdry. The company have contributed generously over the past few years to several courses, including fashion, photography, and graphic design, providing guest speakers, live briefs, critiques and work placements for students at their Cheltenham headquarters.  


The Road to Rio

The University has a proud sporting tradition, so we were delighted to have had three athletes representing the Great Britain Team at the Rio Olympics in the summer.

They were England men’s rugby union Sevens player Ruaridh McConnochie, and England women’s rugby Sevens player, Danielle Waterman, who are both alumni. Plus one of our current students, Heather Fisher, who was also in the women’s rugby Sevens squad. The men’s rugby Sevens team won silver, following the final with Fiji.

The University was also pleased to support Piers Gilliver in the run up to the Paralympics in Rio, where he won silver for wheelchair fencing.

University launches new practical MBA

The University’s Business School is working in partnership with leadership and strategy development specialists Quolux to develop a new MBA in Leading Business.  This ‘practical MBA’ focuses on work-based learning, with participants gaining a Masters level award in running their own business.

Gwyn Jones, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “The work-based MBA allows participants to add formal learning to their ongoing experience and, most importantly, introduces knowledge which they can immediately use in their own ventures.”

Stewart Barnes, managing director of QuoLux and a visiting fellow at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “This is not only a first for Gloucestershire, it’s unlike any other MBA available in the UK and, as far as we are aware, anywhere in the world.”

New public lecture series takes centre stage

The Public Lecture series welcomes thousands of staff, students and the public to the University of Gloucestershire.

Launched in 2015, the free lectures are open to all. Most are presented or hosted by academics from the University, celebrating some of the most interesting and influential work that the University is undertaking, as well as reflecting and debating current issues in areas ranging from plastics to pop music. The programme also includes high profile external speakers, including Lord David Willetts for this year’s Chancellor’s Lecture.

You can see the programme and book events online.

The Public Lecture series welcomes thousands of staff, students and the public to the University of Gloucestershire.

Launched in 2015, the free lectures are open to all. Most are presented or hosted by academics from the University, celebrating some of the most interesting and influential work that the University is undertaking, as well as reflecting and debating current issues in areas ranging from plastics to pop music. The programme also includes high profile external speakers, including Lord David Willetts for this year’s Chancellor’s Lecture.

You can see the programme and book events online.

New sculpture competition takes shape

Art and design alumni from the University of Gloucestershire are being invited to enter a competition to create a piece of public art and leave a lasting legacy at the site of the new Pittville Student Village.

The theme is ‘History of the School of Art & Design, Pittville, Cheltenham’. The University is looking for a permanent sculpture which will be situated in the courtyard outside the reception area in the Student Village. There will be £20,000 of funding available for the successful entrant, to include creative planning, labour, materials and installation, which will be released in staged payments.

Pro-Vice Chancellor Maxine Melling said: “The University’s former campus at Pittville is about to enter a new era. The Cheltenham School of Art occupied the Pittville Campus for many years, supporting thousands of gifted artists to hone and develop their talents. So what better way to create a lasting legacy of Pittville’s creative past than for a sculpture to be designed by one of our alumni?”

The competition is open to alumni of the University of Gloucestershire and all predecessor or linked colleges. Entry is free and applications must be submitted to khilton@glos.ac.uk by midnight Thursday 1 December 2016. For full details and to download a competition entry form, please visit the website.

Award-winning artist exhibits solo show in Berlin and London

Fine Art Photography alumna, Felicity Hammond, has been named the 2016 winner of the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography award.

After completing her BA in Fine Art Photography at the University of Gloucestershire, Felicity went on to do an MA in photography at the RCA. Since graduating, she has been selected for the FOAM Talent prize and nominated for the Magnum and Photo London Inaugural Award, as well as being a finalist for the Saatchi New Sensations prize in 2014.

Felicity will be showing her work in the group exhibition at the House of Egorn in Berlin and her solo show Space In Between in London in November 2016.

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