University Festival


​​​Coming this summer - University Festival 2017

A series of events and activities for staff, students and the local community to celebrate the end of the academic year.

Whether it's the Cathedral Lecture, the Graduate Fashion Presentation,

or joining us for Picnic in Park, there is something for everyone at this year's University Festival.

 This programme provides a flavour of the events taking place. You can find updates on the University of Gloucestershire's Facebook page or on Twitter @uniofglos  #uogfest2017

All information is correct at the time of publication, however some details are to be confirmed, so for the very latest information please do check this website for any changes before attending an event.

Most of the events are public and free, except where stated and marked with an asterisk.

Please email for more information or telephone 01242 714516.


Full programme


Tuesday 6 to Friday 16 June


Tuesday 6 June

Arts and Design Festival

Talks and Discussion: Drawing and the politics of seeing*

Francis Close Hall campus, CL061A (Advertising Studio), (1.30-4.30pm)

Does the role of drawing have more relevance than ever in our increasingly mediated world? How can we represent authentic experience, and understand the underlying political narratives within the act of seeing. Join Jack Southern and Jill Gibbon as they present their recent research into this fascinating subject, followed by a discussion of the role of drawing today.

For more information, contact Jack Southern or Nick Pride

Tuesday 6 June - Wednesday 7 June

Medium as Message Letterpress Poster Workshop*
Francis Close Hall campus, Print Studio (10am-4pm)

The poster or broadside is still an important method of mass communication.

Join a workshop to create site-specific, hand-printed letterpress posters – positive, inflammatory or thought provoking.

For more information, contact Andrew Morrison

Wednesday 7 June

Symposium: Cultural Dreaming: the gallery's role in social activism
Francis Close Hall campus, CL061A, Advertising Studio (10am-4pm)

Who is responsible for creating social spaces? As locations for engaging with ideas and possibilities, as rehearsal spaces for how we might live, galleries offer a public facility to focus on what we need from local infrastructure and explore what makes a community. We have invited practitioners in the field to share knowledge and discuss their work in a day-long symposium. For more information, contact Jean Boyd,  or Sarah Bowden,

Graduate Fashion Presentation

Hardwick Centre for Fashion, Art and Photography, Fashion Studio, Gallery and Coffee Pod (7pm)

Our first graduating cohort will be presenting seven collections and their portfolios to the public and industry guests in both live and static exhibits. There will also

be an opportunity to view first and second year project work, meet the staff, see the facilities and celebrate our first three years. For more information, contact Margaret McDonough at

Illustrated Risograph Book 'Radical Botany'*

Francis Close Hall campus, Illustration studio, HC301 (11am)

Open to Illustration students only, you will work with the Illustration team to produce a printed book containing your work, and launch the finished book at during the Arts Festival with an associated exhibition of all the work included. For more information, contact Jen Whiskerd and Emma Evans

School of Computing Challenge Event*

Park Campus, Waterworth WW01 (10am-6pm)

Pitting their wits against each other the Creative Computing Group are holding a 30 hour Games Jam over tow days. They will compete to design and create a game, followed by a presentation on 8 June where the best game will be awarded a prize.


Thursday 8 June

NOISE: workshop and performance

Francis Close Hall campus, (4pm and 7pm)

Tim Hill and Rough Music will be discussing how humans use noise, especially in ritual, celebration, performance and protest. Come to a lively (and noisy!) talk and workshop at 4pm followed by a performance at 7pm. For more information, please contact Stuart Wilding

Thursday 8 June - Friday 9 June 

Life Drawing workshop with Lynne Imperatore*

Francis Close Hall campus, CL061A (Advertising Studio), (10.30am-4.30pm)

Bristol based artist and researcher Lynne Imperatore will lead two days of drawing from life. This intensive workshop will use both the traditions of drawing from the model and introduce you to a contemporary context of working from the human figure. You are welcome to come to one or both days. For more information, contact Nick Pride

From Thursday 8 June

Phone Box Art Installation Project

Public display, Cheltenham Promenade

Students are working collaboratively with The Wilson and Cheltenham Open Studios to create an installation in the refurbished red phone boxes on The Promenade. To find out more, contact Niki Whitfield at or Lisa Lavery at

Wednesday 14 June

Master Class in After Effects and Video Postproduction with Graham Watts*

Francis Close Hall campus, Design Studio (10am – 4pm)

Join renowned motion graphics designer Graham Watts for an intensive workshop. You will develop skills in video postproduction, exploring the amazing potential of After Effects to edit your film. All levels welcome, from beginners to advanced.

For more information, please contact Nick Pride


Wednesday 7 June

Social Work Conference: Exploring Risk*

Oxstalls campus, LC003 (9.30am-4pm)

As they approach the end of the academic year all of our degree and MA social work students and invited guests will be exploring skills development around the theme of risk. Keynote speaker Professor Hazel Kempshill from De Montfort University will also be leading a workshop with other workshop leaders including Dr Jane Monckton-Smith, Senior Criminologist at the University of Gloucestershire.


Business School*

Oxstalls campus, The Growth Hub (11am-2pm)

Students from the Business School show films of their work and trips throughout the year, followed by a presentation by staff.


Stolen Chocolate Jazz Trio

Park campus, Students' Union bar (8pm–9pm)

Open to all, the Stolen Chocolates take the floor at the Students' Union bar to perform a range of jazz standards. The trio line-up features Lee Choc Thornton on keyboards, Nick Jukes on bass and Nicole Warfield on vocals.

Thursday 8 Jun​​e

Graduate Job Hunting Event*

Park campus, TC007 (9am-6pm)

Former finalist of BBC series The Apprentice, Bianca Miller-Cole, will be helping this year's University of Gloucestershire graduates develop personal branding and networking skills at this event for  final year students. Other workshops topics include CV writing and interview skills and assessments.

A professional photographer will also be on hand to take free photographs for LinkedIn profiles.

To find out more visit the Future Plan portal

​Learning Innovation for Tomorrow (LIFT) Showcase*

Park campus, Fullwood 015A/B, Solarium, FW013 (9.30am-3.30pm)

The Sustainability team presents a showcase of the new Learning Innovation for Tomorrow (LIFT) projects, as well as celebrating the release of the University Sustainability Strategy 2017-2022. The programme also features headline speaker, polar explorer Mark Wood, and guest panellists, Jamie Agombar (NUS), Prof Mike Neary (University of Lincoln), Prof Stephen Sterling (Plymouth University), Dr Victoria Hands (Kingston University). Email to book your place.

Mark Wood – Polar Explorer: Life in a Freezer – Thinking Different

Park campus, TC014 (4pm)

Polar Explorer and adventurer Mark Wood has completed over 30 major expeditions and will be attempting to summit Everest for a second time later this year, when he'll be using cutting-edge technology to share his adventures with over one million students in 8,884 classrooms around the globe. This event is open to all, book tickets here


Creative Writing Showcase

Francis Close Hall campus, TC002 (1.00 -7.00pm)

Join our Creative Writing students for a presentation of their new writing based on research and fieldwork. Pamphlets of student work and books from a professional writer will be available at the event, which is open to the public and includes refreshments.


School of Computing Challenge Event*

Park Campus, Waterworth WW01 (10am-6pm)

Pitting their wits against each other the Creative Computing group are holding a 30 hour Games Jam over two days. They will compete to design and create a game, followed by a presentation on 8 June where the best game will be awarded a prize.

Thursday 8 June - Saturday 10 June

Measure for Measure

Gloucester Cathedral, The Parliament Rooms (7pm)

Join our drama students for their production of this Shakespearean tale in the parliament rooms. Tickets are £8 or £6 with concessions.

Tickets are available on the door or by telephoning 07736 105 522, or visit

The Vampyre - a musical by David Last and James Williams

The Playhouse, Cheltenham (7.30pm)

When a beautiful stranger comes to stay with Laura and her family, a dark shadow falls over the village of Karstein. But are the sudden deaths amongst the young women of the village due to a rare tropical disease or is there something more sinister at work? Presented by our students, this is a dark and brooding musical adaption of the novel Carmilla, which was written by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu some 25 years before Dracula. Tickets are £10 or £8 with concessions. or telephone 01242 522852.

Friday 9 June

School of NSS Finale Festival*

Francis Close Hall campus, Inner Quad (3-5pm)

Following on from the Futures Conference in January, this event celebrates the final outcomes of student research from the School of Natural and Social Sciences.

Twitter: #SNSSFinale


School of Education and LeARN Conference*

Francis Close Hall campus, HC203 (9.30am-3.30pm)

This conference is for students, teachers and others working in education who have been conducting their own action research. It is a chance to share research journeys, present findings, and gather inspiration for future research. The event is free

and open to anyone with an interest in carrying out research in their own professional setting. Please email for more information and to book your place. Lunch is provided.


Learning Innovation for Tomorrow: LIFT Seminar: Students as Producers

-Co-creating Future Learning - Professor Mike Neary, University of Lincoln*

Francis Close Hall campus, TC002A (11am-2pm)

Professor Mike Neary presents this seminar and workshop on the co-creation of learning experiences. Drawing on his leading work to increase the influence of students in the higher

education system, Mike will introduce the core ideas behind co-creation, exploring key ideas, sharing new and leading practices, and providing a forum for dialogue on staff-student dynamics and ways to improve them. To find out more email Miriam Webb at or telephone 01242 715394. A light lunch is provided, so please RSVP to Barbara Rainbow or telephone 01242 715395.


Poetry Readings with Cheltenham Improviser Orchestra

Francis Close Hall campus, The Chapel (7-9pm)

Join poets and academics Professor Nigel McLoughlin, and Dr Angela France, for an improvised conversation accompanied by the Cheltenham Improvisers Orchestra. Nigel is a

prize-winning poet with five collections of poetry in print, and Angela has published three poetry books and often runs workshops for community groups.


The Lower High Street Community Heritage Symposium*

Hardwick Centre for Fashion, Art and Photography, HWAP018 (9.30am-5pm)

This one day symposium will bring together diverse stake holders, invested in the Lower High Street of Cheltenham. This historically important area of Cheltenham is in period of significant change.Historians, local community members, student researchers and specialists in urban regeneration will gather to debate both the vulnerable history of, and exciting future for the Lower High Street.

Monday 12 June

Creating Futures Event*

Francis Close Hall campus, TBC (1.30-8pm)

Current students and graduates can develop their entrepreneurial and enterprising skills with a series of workshops and presentations organised by the Future Plan team. To find out more, visit the Future Plan portal 

Tuesday 13 June

Liberal and Performing Arts Student Research  Conference*

Francis Close Hall campus, TC002A (11am-3pm)

Students from the School of Liberal and Performing Arts share and discuss their research. Free vegetarian lunch included, to find out more and book your place visit


Media School Alchemy Festival

Park campus, TC007 (5.30pm for 6pm start)

Showcasing work from our Media School, Alchemy includes entries from music, film, TV, radio and animation students. The winner and two runners up will receive their prizes at this event, which is open to the public, and drinks and a light buffet will be served.


The Cathedral Lecture

God, Science, and Faith: Richard Dawkins vs CS Lewis on the Meaning of Life

Francis Close Hall campus, The Chapel (6pm)

One of the world's most respected Christian theologians, Alister McGrath presents this year's Cathedral Lecture. Working regularly with BBC One, BBC Radio 4, and national newspapers, Alister holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. He is an Anglican priest and his many books include a new highly acclaimed biography of CS Lewis, a series of market leading textbooks in Christian theology, and best-selling books engaging with the New Atheism. To book your  place, visit

Wednesday 14 June

Festival of Learning*

Park campus, TC007 and TC014 (9am-5pm)

The University of Gloucestershire's inaugural Festival of Learning is organised by Dr David Webster, Head of Learning and Teaching Innovation, and is open to all staff. The event will bring together staff from the University together along with those from Compact Schools and partner colleges, to celebrate learning in Gloucestershire and reflect on what can be learned from each other. The keynote speaker is anthropologist Dr Donna Lanclos, who is currently Associate Professor for Anthropological Research at the University of North Carolina. Book your place here

Thursday 15 June

School of Sport Conference

Oxstalls campus, LC202 and the Sports Hall (9.30am for 9.45am start)

The PE Development Day is free for all PE teachers and trainees. The event is designed to support GCSE and A-Level changes through sharing and developing practice on recent changes to assessment within KS3 PE. A biomechanics CPD workshop will be delivered by Senior Lecturer Dr Martine Deighan. For more information and to book please email


The Hill Poetry

Francis Close Hall campus, TC001 (5.00 - 7.00pm)

This event is a special preview performance of The Hill, Dr Angela France's fourth poetry collection, ahead of the official launch at Ledbury Poetry Festival in July. Published by Nine Arches Press, The Hill is a multi-layered exploration of Leckhampton Hill, near Cheltenham, where Angela has walked for 50 years. The poems blend her own experience of the hill with a rich human and natural history reaching back to the Iron Age. In 1902, working men rioted to preserve rights of way on the hill and the county archives have provided source material for audio and visual material, as well as raising questions about land ownership.

Friday 16 June

Picnic in the Park

Park campus, Broadlands Lawn (4-7pm)

Bring a picnic rug and enjoy this year's Picnic in the Park, including a barbeque, games including egg and spoon racing and rounders on the lawn, and summer sounds from our DJ. The community,

staff and students are all welcome. To book a place visit

Saturday 17 June

Performing Arts Gala

Oxstalls campus, Performing Arts Centre (7pm)

This additional event features a showcase by our Performing Arts Students. Tickets are £10 or £8 with concessions.

Available here: 

Saturday 17 June - Friday 30 June

Chapel Arts, Cheltenham

Lower High Street Project Exhibition, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham (Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm)

This exhibition explores the history of Cheltenham's Lower High Street following research led by the History team at the University of Gloucestershire.


Friday 7 June - Sunday 16 June

​Celebrating Student Volunteering - Your Future Plan team - Virtual event

Celebrating StudentVolunteering videos

The two videos that are celebrating student volunteering were filmed during National Student Volunteering Week in February 2017 and are the first two videos on this YouTube site. These videos were filmed and edited by student volunteers so these videos are an example of student volunteering in themselves. The first video was filmed during Student Volunteering Week in February at the Volunteering Fair in FCH Chapel. This was organised as a networking event for local providers to meet University of Gloucestershire students face to face and recruit more volunteers and for University students to come along and find out more about the volunteering opportunities available in the local Voluntary Sector. The second video is a film of a Litter Picking event organised during Student Volunteering Week at Pittville Park with students and staff from the University volunteering with Friends of Pittville local residents and the Pittville Park Ranger to make a difference to their local environment. There is also a good video on Future Plan Internships which are volunteering as well and this is the third video on this YouTube channel. This video is an overview of the different types of work experience students can gain by volunteering for a Future Plan Internship:-


The Celebrating Student Volunteering Virtual event overlaps with Volunteers' Week 1-7 June 2017 which is a national annual event celebrating the difference volunteers make and promoting volunteering in the UK. Here is their web-address: