The University of Gloucestershire is split across three campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester. The Oxstalls campus is in Gloucester while The Park and Francis Close Hall Campuses are in Cheltenham. The university has a wide range of courses, and subjects include education, health, social care, business, law, computing, media, journalism, arts, sports studies, socials sciences, physical and biological sciences and humanities.
Learning and Information Services
There are 3 libraries for the university, one on each campus. These house the library and computing factilities.
Each library houses the resources that are most suited to the subjects studied on that campus, and are open 9am - 9pm during the week in term-time, and 12 - 4 at the weekend.
Out-of-hours access to computing facilities is also available, usually 6.30 am - 2.30 am during the week.
The uni's libraries hold over 300,000 volumes which includes books, journals and newspapers. In addition the Learning Centres offer photocopying and audio-visual services. The centres also give you access to PCs with over 500 networked PCs across the three centres. In addition you get ICT help and support too.
For more information, visit Libraries.
If you join the Sporting Union at Gloucestershire you will get great deals and discounts for facilities in the area. In Cheltenham town there is the Recreation Centre and Prince of Wales Stadium. These provide sports halls, a swimming pool, gym, athletics track and an outdoor pitch. The SU has loads of sports clubs which range in ability. These often result in teams which play at different levels including BUCS. There is also the annual Varsity competition against Worcester University which takes place across loads of sports.
Current sports clubs at Gloucestershire include:
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The university has a dedicated Helpzone on each campus. From here students can access a wide range of pastoral and welfare support. The trained staff and experienced staff are on hand to help you with a wide range of issues, whether it be helping you to find childcare, how to make the most of your studies or keeping body and soul together, they are the people to speak to.
The counselling services will offer you a confidential place to talk through your problems and is open to all students while on all campuses there are student advisers who can give help on a range of academic issues. The university also has systems in place to help support disabled students and mature students.
The Uni has a medical centre which is a part of the local Underwood Surgery in Cheltenham. Here you can get medical services from seeing a GP or a nurse and from getting information about medical and health issues.
The centre is open 4 and a half days a week (it's closed on Friday afternoons). During opening hours you'll be able to see the nurse and make appointments though the doctors are only available for appointments between 10am and 12pm and between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
The centre also has it's own website.
If you are based at Oxstalls, a local medical centre is well equipped for student registrations, and will be available during induction week for new students to register.
There are plenty of shops and arcades to browse in within Cheltenham and Gloucester.
Cheltenham give shoppers the Promenade where you'll find shops such as Oasis, GAP, Cavendish House, Waterstones and so on. The Regent Arcade and Beechwood shopping centres also provide a good selection of stores such as HMV, Debenhams, River Island, Bay Trading, TK MAX and etc. Christmas time the German open market also arrives in time, giving shoppers a wide choice of presents for family and friends and also purchasing of foods which are something special at Christmas.
Gloucester has a wide selection of shops to choose from. All the high street names ie Primark, Debenhams, H&M, Topshop, Boots and etc which are all in close reach of one another. Christmas time the German markets also visit Gloucester giving you a varied and wide selection of gifts and foods you simply can't resist! Gloucester also has an outdoor ice rink to make sure you definitely have a shopping experience you'll never forget. The Mall and Kings Walk shopping centre are both in close reach of one another and are filled with many high street stores.
Cheltenham and Gloucester provide a wide variety of high streets banks in the centre of both towns ie Lloyds, Halifax, Abbey National, Nat West, and so on.
Students are able to travel on all Stagecoach buses within Cheltenham and Gloucester for just £1 a journey, just by showing your student card. There are buses that run regularly between all the campuses making using public transport very easy.
The university offers a wide range of support to prepare students for graduate job hunting after university.
You can find out about all the support available here.
Careers Service: The Careers team provides information, advice and guidance to support students in planning for their future career, through sessions delivered within academic programmes, workshops, individual advice and guidance meetings, careers fairs, employer presentations and an on-line graduate vacancy service
Degreeplus: Degreeplus is our exciting new initiative that will enable students to gain the skills they require to be successful in the workplace through short-term internship placements.
Placements: Placements are a key aspect of many of our undergraduate programmes. They offer students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained during study directly in the work environment.
The University of Gloucestershire's students' union offers a JobShop for students where part-time jobs around Cheltenham and Gloucester are advertised. There are a wide variety of jobs both within and outside the university, including becoming a Student Ambassador and supporting events at Cheltenham Racecourse.
The Chaplaincy is based in the Chaplaincy Centre and Chapel at Francis Close Hall and currently has one full time C of E chaplain. The centre is somewhere you can go for advice and talk, for worship and to take part or experience the cultural programme they have running through the year. This 'programme' includes music and art exhibitions. They also host lectures and lunches.
If you are of any religion you can get contacts from the Chaplaincy for local faith groups and local churches.
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Bars, pubs and clubs
In the Cheltenham area, there is much to do at night. There are several different clubs catering for different tastes in music. Moda (situated opposite Burger King) on a Wednesday night is a very popular night called 'Cheese', normally with some kind of fancy dress theme. Blush (near the Everyman Theatre) is popular on Thursday nights, known as Propaganda it has two floors, one for Indy music and the other for Rock. Other clubs include Subtone, which has a piano bar, and The Night Owl, for your emo/rock/heavy metal/goth scene. There are many other clubs I haven't mentioned, it is one thing Cheltenham is not short of.
2Pigs is a popular pub/club/venue. Opposite Primark, and just behind Cobbler's Corner, the 2Pigs has bands play on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. These will usually be small bands from the local area and there will be about 3 or 4. The venue is small and can get quite crowded at times. Drinks are reasonably priced. After the bands have finished there is a 'club' night. The 2Pigs also holds a monthly night called 'Judder' - popular with the goth/industrial/cyber scene but also keeps the rock crowd. These nights are usually themed.
There are loads of uni run events throughout the year with things happening every week. Then you get the big Balls which are always popular and are held a times lie start of year, end of year and Christmas.
Clubs and societies
Gloucestershire SU says you can have a society about any topic ('anything goes') and any society is open to every single student at the uni - so you can join any that exist or set up you own if you want to. Current societies include:
If you are interested in music there is a lot to get involved with too. The uni has a choir and a Chamber Orchestra which are open to all students. If you can sing in tune or of at least grade 5 on your instrument then you'll be able to join one of these groups.
The university has a large amount of halls of residence. Each campus has some on-site and some off-site halls.
To find out more about each specific accommodation, and current prices per week, visit Acommodation
All places in halls are reserved for first year undergraduates. If you aren't a first year or are a postgrad student, then you'd better get looking for a privately rented place.
Accommodation is self-catering and most halls have a cafe/restaurant/refectory/dinning room near by in case you don't want to cook for yourself.
The shared kitchen-dinning areas in the accommodation is equipped with:
- ironing board
Also, there will be a laundry room somewhere near your room too.
If you need to look for a privately rented house (of which some people needed to right from their first year) you can get a list from the university. It's also available online - make sure you look in plenty of time.
The SU has a wide variety of events running every year. With links to local nightclubs, the freshers' fair and summer ball, there is always something going on.
To see the wide range of activities, varsity, sports clubs, societies and media groups that you can get involved in, take a look at their website.
They also sell university merchandise where you can get your all important university hoody, a wardrobe staple of any university student.
The Students' Union is run by a group of four full-time officers, and many more part-time officers, to ensure that it is offering exactly what students want.
The entry requirements for each course can be found online or in the prospectus - For an undergradute course, typical offers range from 220 - 320 UCAS Points. Foundation degrees usually ask for 120 - 180 UCAS points.
Each course page gives details of the latest results in the National Student Survey for each course, as used for Unistats.
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