University Festival

​Wednesday 6 June – Friday 15 June 2018

Celebrating and showcasing the achievements of our students and staff, the University Festival includes a wide-ranging series of events at the end of the academic year. Many events are open to the public and are a chance to find out more about the work of the university community. Please check back for updated information before booking or attending.

Please email for more information or telephone 01242 714516.

Michael Perham University Cathedral Lecture: A Woman's Place? Imagining and re-imagining the women in the New Testament
​7pmTuesday 5 JuneGloucester Cathedral
​The lecture is named after the former Bishop of Gloucester, who introduced an annual lecture organised between the University of Gloucestershire and Gloucester Cathedral. There is no doubt that the New Testament and The Bible is heavily male dominated, but in this lecture Dr Paula Gooder explores the female perspectives hinted at in the text and what happens when we put them back in.

The event starts with refreshments in the Chapter House at 6.15pm, and the lecture starts at 7pm. To book your free place, visit
Popular Music event

Tuesday 5 June 1–6.30pm
Wednesday 6 June 1-9.30pm

​Park Campus, The Film Studio and The TV Studio

​Live performance event celebrating the vibrant and ambitious music of the final year BA Popular Music students. Expect dynamic collaborations, A/V performances, cutting edge electronica, folktronica and more in this multi-genre event. Who is playing? KYD, Midweek, Jack Louis Cooper and many more! 

Free entry but please note there are limited capacities so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

​​10am-4pm​​Thursday 7 June – Friday 8 June​Park, WW001
​Students have just two days to create a new 2D/3D game for an audience age of 18 or under. The final presentation and awards are at 4.30pm on Friday.
​Rethinking Play: encounters, entanglements, emergence
9.30am-4.30pm​Friday 8 June​Oxstalls TC119
​This event will feature presentations and seminars relating to research undertaken by staff and students from the ‘Professional Studies in Children’s Play’ Masters programme. These wide-ranging presentations are tentative attempts to rethink children’s play, to disturb common-sense and open-up new possibilities for working with the messy ways in which play is produced. Free for staff and students. Tickets are £60, while tickets for University of Gloucestershire alumni are £40.
7am-9pm​Saturday 9 JunePittville Park Boathouse
​​The Pittville Park BioBlitz is welcoming people of all ages to come and help document the wildlife in Pittville Park, identifying as many different species of birds, bugs, plants, mammals and creatures as possible. Supported by Cheltenham Borough Council, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, and the Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records, the event features university staff and students helping to identify and share their expertise about what they find.
Edible Garden – 10th anniversary
3pm​​Saturday 9 JuneFrancis Close Hall, St Paul’s Road entrance
The University’s Edible Garden at FCH is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with a special celebratory event.
Created by the St Pauls Residents’ Association, university staff and students, the local council and the police, the community garden is open to students, staff and residents. Supported by the University’s Sustainability Team, it promotes local growing, permaculture principles and collaborative action for sustainability and wellbeing. If you study or work at the University or live in St Pauls you are welcome to join our friendly team.

It’s a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and spend time in the fresh air. To find out more, email   or visit
CIPD Wellbeing and Resilience
6.30-9pm​Monday 11 JunePark, FW015A/B/C /FW013
​In these increasingly busy and stressful times, now more than ever we need to be mindful of our own wellbeing and build resilience to withstand the pressures that life throws at us. The session is designed to help participants to explore their ability to be more resilient, agile and responsible, cope better with adversity, challenges and change and be better problem solvers through realistic optimism.  During this interactive and thought-provoking presentation, participants will learn how to take personal responsibility for building their own individual resilience and develop a proactive wellbeing toolkit. They will also receive a personal action plan and gain access to online materials and receive a copy of The Little Book of Resilience. Admission is free for members and students, and £5 for non-members. To book your place visit
Postgraduate Symposium
9.30am-4pm​Monday 11 JuneCEaL building and studios 1 and 2/FCTC006A and B
​This full day School of Art and Design symposium is aimed at building our research community, allowing students and staff to exchange thoughts and ideas on the relationship between practice and theory, from the initial stage of enquiry, through to final output. What is the nature of critical reflection in this context and how does it impact on the nature and quality of the work? What are the common factors that help define research in a practice context? Is practice as research inevitably about a permanent sense of enquiry? These and other questions will be robustly debated. Click here to find out more.
How Hidden Narratives Challenge Authority
​10am-5pmTuesday 12 June ​Francis Close Hall, CT006a and 6b
Exploring relationships between the individual and modern society, this mini conference is organised by postgraduate research students at the University of Gloucestershire in association with the Being Human Research Centre. Their second annual event includes keynote speakers and presentations from a range of disciplines and opportunities for questions. The event is open to all and click here to find out more.
Arts Festival
Monday 11 June – Thursday 14 June ​10am-4pm​FCH Chapel, Curve Gallery

Arenig Fawr – photography exhibition, talks and lith printing workshop
A collaboration between Matthew Murray and Lisa Lavery, this project explores personal interpretations of landscape working with different camera formats and alternative processing techniques. The exhibition features a selection of Matthew Murray’s images of Arenig Fawr, Snowdonia, produced in response to the work of painters Augustus John and James Dickinson Innes, and Lisa Lavery’s still-life photographs of the rocks, flora and fauna formed by its geology.
Exhibition: 11am – 4pm

​Tuesday 12 June

​Talks and workshop Join Matthew Murray and Lisa Lavery for a morning of talks at FCH Chapel, 10am – 12pm, followed by lunch at 12pm, and a practical lith printing workshop 1pm-4.15pm at Hardwick campus. Bring your own negative to produce a Lith print. Contact Lisa Lavery to book a place on the lith printing workshop - places limited, booking essential.

​Festival of Learning
​Feeding Backwards and Forwards: Closing the Loop on Student Assessment
​9am-5pm​Wednesday 13 June​Park, various venues
​This year's event looks at the theme of feedback, and the gap between the feedback we provide/receive, and the actions it then leads to. This one-day event will try and ensure that responses to feedback are transformative, effective and worthy of the time people devote to these processes. Click here to find out more. ​ ​
Inaugural Lecture – Professor Arran Stibbe
​5-7.30pm ​Wednesday 13 JunePark, TC014
Professor Arran Stibbe presents his inaugural lecture, the Search for New Stories to Live By. Arran's teaching and research looks at the role of language in building the kind of society we live in. His work involves linguistic analysis of a wide range of discourses, from advertising which encourages people to buy ecologically damaging products, to the inspirational language of nature writing. His lecture begins by reading between the lines of everyday texts to reveal harmful hidden stories, and then turns to literary texts in the hope of discovering ways to reimagine the society we live in.

To book your free place, please visit
Inclusion and Diversity Conference: A Call To Action


​Thursday 14 JuneOxstalls, various venues
​The University of Gloucestershire's first Diversity and Inclusion Conference is designed to provide a shared space to explore diversity and inclusion to inspire and engage, creating more inclusive environments. It also aims to share and learn from new and innovative ideas from within the University and the higher education sector, to bring about positive change. Throughout the day there will be workshops and speakers covering topics including inequality in the digital space, challenging gender stereotypes, mental health, beyond unconscious bias and more!It will provide a valuable opportunity for partners and allies to come together to share, network and learn how to promote inclusiveness and create a culture of diversity.

Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment at
LIFT LAB – Educational Experiments in Sustainability
9am-4pm ​Thursday 14 June​Park, FW015A and B
The LIFT LAB showcases the University's LIFT: Learning Innovation for Tomorrow programme which brings transformative, future-facing learning for sustainability into the curriculum and student experiences. This interactive event features 10 new projects from seven academic schools, three specialist workshops and our guest expert in sustainability education, Professor Stephen Sterling from Plymouth University. View the programme or visit our website.
Postgraduate Open Event
​4-7pmThursday 14 June​All campuses
Expert staff will be on-hand to provide you with the advice and support you need to continue your academic and professional journey, helping you to make an informed decision about which course is right for you.

You can learn more about your chosen course, find out about finance and how to apply, and explore our campuses. Please visit to book.
Maths Matters
​9am-4pm ​Friday 15 JunePark, FW015ABC and TC007

A full day's conference on Primary Mathematics Education, open to all early career primary teachers and interested UoG staff members and organised by the Primary Maths Team in conjunction with the GLOW Maths Hub. Includes keynotes from Ems Lord (Director of nrich maths) and Judy Hornigold (educational consultant specialising in dyslexia and dyscalculia) and workshops on mathematical mindsets, mastery maths in Early Years, using talk to promote reasoning in Key Stage 1 and planning for mastery at Key Stage 2.

Book a place:

Picnic in the Park
5-7pm​Friday 15 June​Broadlands Lawn

Join students, staff and the local community for this year's Picnic in the Park. With a barbecue, games and music on the lawn all are welcome at this family event. Visit to book a free place.

Art Festival events:

Drawing for Fashion/Fashion Workshop
10am-4pmMonday 11 June​​Hardwick, Coffee Pod
Join Alex Bruner and some of our current fashion students in a one day workshop to explore approaches to fashion drawing and illustration. For more information contact Margaret McDonough at
Photojournalism and Documentary Photography publication launch
12.30pmTuesday 12 June​​Hardwick, Coffee Pod
Jonathan Barry, press photographer and picture editor, will talk about his career and respond to the newspaper that is produced by graduating students. Contact Julia Peck for more information.
8pmTuesday 12 June​​Francis Close Hall, Chapel
Xposed Club is back at the 2018 Arts Festival with another great night of contemporary music. Featuring international musician Charles Hayward and others. Tickets are £10 and free for students. Contact Stuart Wilding for more information.
Summer Illustration Day | Professional Practice workshop
​10am-1pmWednesday 13 JuneFrancis Close Hall, Illustration Studio
​A series of guest lectures by professional illustrators working in the industry, Aimee Sullivan, Alys Jones, Jenny Bowers and Marcus Walters. Contact for more information.
​Risograph Publication
​10am-4pmTuesday 12 June – Wednesday 13 JuneFrancis Close Hall, Illustration Studio
This two-day workshop will create work for Who We Are II, an illustrated risograph publication collecting stories from refugees now living in Gloucestershire. We will also invite some of the poets and authors to read from their work, and from Who We Are I, published last year, on Wednesday afternoon. For further details contact Jen Whiskerd at
Etching Workshop
​10am-4pmTuesday 12 June – Wednesday 13 JuneFrancis Close Hall, Printmaking Workshop
Join a two-day etching masterclass with Jason Hicklin and Mark Unsworth concentrating on a little-known form of etching: spit-biting. Working directly onto zinc plates with concentrated acid you will explore a free-form of etching technique that produces amazing results. Contact Mark Unsworth to register.
Speculative Art School
​10am-4.30pm daily Room TBC
The Speculative Art School will take place over two days in June with a timetabled programme of online lectures, invited guest speakers, physical activities, and independent study sessions that will explore provisional territories in current and future thinking.
In parallel with the timetabled programme we are making available an open-access physical and mental space to engage with a compilation of thoughts, proposals, instructions, curated film programmes and reading lists, to aid personal journeys into speculation. Invent your own curriculum!
Contact Sarah Bowden for more info and a full timetable of activity.
​Fumio Obata:  On the Brexit train, we're about to jump off the cliff
​10am-5pmTuesday 12 June – Thursday 14 JuneFrancis Close Hall, Illustration Studio
Join this three-day workshop to co-produce a 32 page illustrated Riso book about Brexit. The book will consist of an assemblage of visual reflections from the student's point of view on leaving the EU using a train carriage illustration as a continuous metaphor. Contact Fumio Obata for more information.
Female Focus: Confronting Gender Stereotypes
​10am-5pmTuesday 12 June – Thursday 14 JuneFrancis Close Hall, Chapel
An exhibition and symposium on the theme of women in photography, looking particularly at how female photographers become successful at their work while continuing to carry out their daily lives.

Please note, the Female Focus Symposium take place on Tuesday 12 June at 3.30pm (Francis Close Hall, TC001). The portfolio reviews take place on the same day at 3.30pm at The Chapel, while networking and refreshments take place from 4.30pm until 5pm at The Chapel.  Please contact Sarah Bowden, for booking details.
​Graphics Zine
Join the second year graphic design student Evie Mizen and tutor Jean Boyd in creating a zine aimed at building your portfolio and understanding design styles more fully.  Contact Evie Mizen for more details.
​Life Drawing workshop
​10am-3pmThursday 14 June - Friday 15 JuneFrancis Close Hall Illustration Studio, life-drawing room
​Join Lynne Imperatore for two days drawing from the figure.
Moving Image Workshop
​10am-4pmThursday 14 June - Friday 15 JuneRoom TBC
A two-day workshop looking at artists moving image practices across analogue film-making and digital video. This will include beginner's level practical workshops in digital video production, principally using Adobe Premier Pro, with Jack Southern and special guest.

Contact Jack Southern for more information.
Poster Wall 
​10am - 5pmThursday 14 June Francis Close Hall, Printmaking Studio
This drop-in workshop is based on the work of printmaker/political campaigner Ken Sprague and will generate work for a poster-wall. Participants will be involved in researching, creating and displaying both physically made and mechanically printed material, working with Martin Large at Hawthorn Press.  This is a drop-in workshop and for further details contact Andrew Morrison