Francis Close Hall Chapel

Teaching has been our business for nearly 170 years

With a tradition of education stretching back to 1847, teaching has been our business for nearly 170 years. Prior to achieving university status in 2001 we have had an interesting and mixed history as an educational institute.

Originally founded by Reverend Francis Close, we began life as the Cheltenham Training College at the site that has since become our Francis Close Hall campus (FCH). Since then we have evolved through a number of phases, from becoming the St Paul’s and St Mary’s Colleges in 1921, to becoming the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education in 1990.

Today the university warmly welcomes staff and students of all faiths and none, while still maintaining a close affiliation with our Christian heritage. You’ll find a Faith Space at each of our primary campuses, including the chapel at FCH, all of which operate an ‘open to all’ policy.

We now offer a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees, along with professional programmes and short courses. Use our course finder to see what’s on offer.

Our values


We are committed to nurturing the holistic development of our staff and students, including their academic, social, emotional, physical, cultural and spiritual well-being.


We pursue excellence in the generation of new knowledge and encourage creativity, fun and the exploration of truth.


We are dedicated to creating sustainable futures across the communities we serve.


We are responsive to the needs of all stakeholders and strive to enhance all aspects of our services to students, communities and the organisations that we work with.


We value each member of the university and are committed to relationships characterised by respect for the individual.


We promote a climate of trust and accountability underpinned by a commitment to open, honest and transparent communications.

For further information on the University of Gloucestershire’s strategic priorities, view the
University of Gloucestershire Strategic Plan 2012-17.