What do University of Gloucestershire graduates go on to do?

 Wondering what life might be like after university? Be inspired by the stories of some of our graduates.

Published: 20/05/2020 09:22
Last updated: 02/06/2020 15:01

​​We’ve pulled together a list of some of our graduates’ successes – because choosing a university is about more than just accommodation, nightlife and the library. University is about being inspired to explore your passions and developing the skills you need for life after graduation. 

We'll help you to reach your goals, both during and after your time at university. Our lecturers are industry experts who will give you the freedom to express yourself and the inspiration to push yourself. You’ll explore what’s important to you and be supported to reach your full potential. 95% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months (DLHE survey 2016/17).

See what our former students have achieved since graduating... 

Saving an endangered species​

Richie Fourie works as a Rhino Monitor, protecting the endangered species from poaching and working towards conservation goals. “Coming to the reserve in my second year, and hearing their struggles with poaching I knew I had to do something. I asked what I could do and found the position I have now.”

Olympic medallist & England rugby player

Sports and Exercise graduate Ruaridh McConnochie was a silver Olympic medallist with the Great Britain rugby team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and went on to play for England in the Rugby World Cup in 2019.

No.1 in the charts

Popular Music graduate Demi Marriner recorded and produced her debut EP during her first year at the university which entered the iTunes Country Album chart at number one.

£19m business success

Daniel Jeffrey’s start up business 'Concilium Search' has shot to success after he and 8 others set it up shortly after graduation. His now £19m business has clients all around the world, with a team of 80 employees and international offices in New York and Amsterdam.

BAFTA nominee

Film Production graduate Lex Beckett is a BAFTA nominated filmmaker and director.

Acting alongside Colin Firth & Julie Walters

Performing Arts graduate Isis Davis has been cast in a major new feature film ‘The Secret Garden’ set to be released in August 2020. "My time at University of Gloucestershire provided me with skills and knowledge that I have taken out into the industry and continue to use in every audition and every job I undertake."

Your Future Plan 

Whether you know what you want to do after university or have no idea (that’s ok too!), our ‘Your Future Plan’ programme will support you to become the best graduate you can be, so you feel ready for the next step.

  • Prepared – Through career questionnaires, CV writing sessions and your own personal tutor, you can explore your options and shape your personal future plan.
  • Skilled – During Your Future Plan’s Employability Award scheme and mentoring programmes, you’ll develop essential skills that will look great on your CV and help you become a well-rounded graduate.
  • Empowered – Most important of all, you’ll gain the confidence you need to achieve your goals and graduate a step ahead, through inspiring guest speakers and workshops designed to improve your mindset. 


​Gain more than a degree…

University is about more than simply a degree: our students learn how to live independently, make lifelong friendships and make mistakes too. It’s okay to not know everything – you’ll learn a lot on your course and a lot off-campus too. Our students often say that they’ve experienced new things that will shape their future, like developing new skills at one of our clubs and societies, or going out of their comfort zone on an international trip.

We think university is a journey – and we’ll be right there with you. Find out a bit more about how volunteering opportunities, travel and placements helped these students make amazing memories and gain new skills: 

Volunteering opportunities

Gain real-world experience and valuable contacts or get involved with your community through volunteering opportunities.

Animal Biology student Tolga has grown his passion for animal conservation since his time has uni, which has inspired him in his work on campus: “After my first year I volunteered with Wildlife Act, who protect endangered species in South Africa. It enabled me to strive for my dreams while at university!"

Sport Malawi is a voluntary project in which our sport students deliver workshops and coaching sessions, with the aim of improving the wellbeing of local people. Find out how rewarding and life-changing the experience was for students Josh and Lizzie

With the support of the Your Future Plan team, or through existing projects within your course, run by the SU or the university’s Sustainability team, you’ll be able to find a volunteering project which brings you closer to your passions and helps you shape your own future.

Travel the globe

“I’ve had so many amazing trips - India was the most amazing experience of my life! As soon as we landed we were enriched with the culture and beauty. It was incredible to learn from first-hand experience; not just reading out of a book.” - Laura Donlin, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

96% of our study abroad students report an increase in self-confidence.

We care about your future, whatever your ambitions. Many of our courses have an opportunity to study abroad in locations like Canada, New Zealand, France, USA and Spain.

Our students explore new horizons and make unforgettable memories, like Tereza, an Advertising student who spent one semester studying abroad: "I spent one semester in Toronto, Canada which gave me an opportunity to experience different teaching styles, meet great people from all over the world and visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World (Niagara Falls!). It's one of the best decisions I've ever made. I'm so glad I've done it. I've made tons of friends, memories and I've gained invaluable experience I can use in the future."

Every year our students go on over 4,000 placements and internships in the UK and beyond… 

Our students travel far and wide as part of their studies. Each subject area has its own unique range of trips and placement opportunities, both abroad and within the UK.

  • Megu Jones, Journalism “As part of my placements, I’ve shadowed journalists at BBC Points West, ITV West Country and Reuters Tokyo. I’ve also published 2 articles in New York Times and interviewed Leonardo Di Caprio.”
  • Lewis Shipp, Sport Business Management “I feel supported on placement, delivering worldwide events like the Six Nations and the Olympics. I’ve worked for England Rugby Travel, Team GB Live and I’ve even travelled to Japan for the Rugby World Cup.”
  • Leonora King – Adult Nursing "I did a placement in Sri Lanka and encountered patients with rare tropical diseases. The hospital had limited resources; it was interesting to see how they managed and delivered patient care."
  • Chloe Bostock, Computer Games Design “My placement at Warner Music, working on audio for games gave me lots of valuable contacts – and the university gave me confidence in my abilities to achieve the job I have today.”