Science students working in a laboratory.

​The University of Gloucestershire has a vibrant academic community where creative research is conducted at a high level.

Each of our 10 academic schools contribute to our learning-led, research-informed environment. We embed research in all our activities, ensuring students and staff benefit from and contribute to vibrant subject communities, engaged in fundamental and applied research.

Our research has been rated as world-leading in all of our submitted research areas. More than 25% of the work in all six of the university’s submissions to the REF was recognised as internationally excellent or world leading. All results are available as ‘quality profiles’ on the REF website.

We are developing Research Priority Areas (RPAs), building on our strengths and recognising the opportunities to contribute to contemporary challenges. These include:

Our staff and students contribute to a range of research centres and institutes, ensuring programmes of research develop and are promoted.

Our extensive postgraduate community continues to grow across our range of subjects, with many of our graduates continuing to collaborate with us on research projects.

The funded research programmes continue to develop, attracting funding from research councils, European Commission, charities and a range of public, private and third sector organisations.

Research priority areas

Sport, exercise, health and wellbeing

With a longstanding and thriving sporting tradition, the University of Gloucestershire boasts a range of applied regional, national and international externally funded research programmes in six key topics spanning sport, exercise and wellbeing. Colleagues from across the university and beyond collaborate, drawing particularly from the School of Sport and Exercise, the School of Leisure and the School of Natural and Social Sciences. These topics include:

  • physical activity and health promotion
  • sport and marginalised young people
  • reducing injury in sporting populations
  • sport policy and development
  • wellbeing in occupational and real world environments
  • clinical and mental health wellbeing

Environmental dynamics and governance

From global warming to biodiversity loss, some of the greatest issues the world faces today are at the heart of our environmental dynamics and governance research.

Drawing on expertise from across the university and beyond, including the School of Natural and Social Sciences and the Countryside and Community Research Institute, the largest specialist rural research centre in the UK, the collaborative research directly informs our teaching and postgraduate research opportunities.

Focusing on four key areas, the team engage with individuals and organisations to develop and share information, in turn shaping institutions and enabling innovation.

Investigating social, ecological and social-ecological systems assesses resilience to changes in climate and conservation management. Climate change dynamics and societal change develops predictive work based on climate reconstruction, while environmental policy and strategies facilitates participatory action and knowledge exchange. Institutional change and Innovation works with organisations of all scales, looking to develop resilience as we face the future together.

Being human: past, present and future

Focusing on human nature and experience, this research priority area further develops the university’s strengths in areas addressing key questions on what it is to be human.

The forces of globalisation, technology and scientific advances, and their conflicts with politics, ideology and resources are at the heart of this collaborative research, which draws on the past to inform the future.

Staff are passionate about working together to mutual benefit, engaging with modern thinking in a digital age, and in turn informing our research culture for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Innovation, design and technology

Delivering research, product and service development and consultancy for business success is at the heart of this new research centre, turning ideas into innovative reality.

Drawing on the firm foundations of relationships with business in areas such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Innovation Vouchers and consultancy work, staff will utilize digital technology to support sustainable business growth.

Filing patents for new innovations in designs as well as disseminating applied research outcomes feature amongst the work of the multidisciplinary centre, which draws expertise from across the university.

Applied business research

Managing consumption undertaken by marketing and business staff is the primary focus of this new research centre which draws in a range of researchers from business and management disciplines.

Responsible consumption, rights versus responsibilities, environmental and ethical identities, and barriers to sustainable consumption are among the issues explored by the multi-disciplinary team.

Staff will be looking at opportunities to work across schools and research units to design and deliver practical business interventions through research, consultancy and knowledge exchange.

Embracing a wide range of disciplines the centre will draw on the work of researchers in areas including retail management, marketing, strategy, accounting and project management.

Research strategy

Having recently submitted our research to the national 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, and started to develop six research priority areas (themes), we are now working towards embedding research, scholarship, practice and consultancy in all our activities, in line with our academic strategy.

Research funding

Find out more about research funding in our student finance section.

Contact us

For advice on processes, procedures and regulations relating to your research degree study, please contact the research administration office.

Research Administration Office
University of Gloucestershire
The Park - Cornerways 204
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH

01242 714071 / 715367

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