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Francis Close Hall campus facilities

Francis Close Hall campus has a range of facilities including illustration studios, crime scene laboratories and much more.


Combing modern workshop spaces with traditional print rooms, the studios feature Mac suites, a risograph stencil printer, letterpress, silkscreen printer plus bookbinding facilities.

Each student is offered their own workspace in the studio, that they use for the duration of their degree and make their own.

This creates a bustling and authentic creative studio environment where collaboration is encouraged, and past students’ drawings and artwork cover the walls. Publish your own work under the University’s own imprint Pittville Press.

Student using printing facilities
Student and lecturer looking at a model building

Architecture & construction studios

These top-floor studios offer panoramic views of Cheltenham and the surrounding Cotswold Hills. Explore, collaborate and design alongside classmates in open-plan spaces with access to 3D printers, BIM (Building Information Modelling) software, modelling workshops and digital suites.

Education library

Education students have exclusive access to this dedicated library with teaching materials and resources for all ages. 

Teaching Centre and Hospitality Centre

As well as beautiful historic halls and classrooms, the centre features modern teaching rooms with interactive whiteboards.

Main library

The gothic architecture and hanging lamps provide the perfect space to research and write. With a full range of resources available for each subject community and extensive IT support, the library is open 7 days a week in term time.

The Lodge crime scene house & interview suite

Practice the management of crime scenes and carry out forensic investigation in this simulation space.

Analyse evidence and learn how to present in court, as well as interviewing suspects and monitoring their responses in our interview suite.

crime scene house
Students on the Health Psychology course using brainwaves measuring equipment during practical work

Centre for Active Learning

This is an innovative teaching facility, where students train with top-spec kit and research new best practices.

Learn how to monitor and record electrical activity in the brain in our kitted-out electroencephalography lab. Research and explore virtual reality therapy through visual immersion and artificially created environments in our VR suite.

Bioscience labs

Explore the form and function of animals and plants, or train in the diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and prevention of disease in humans.

The labs are kitted out with microscopes and protective gear as well as the lecturers’ beautiful framed exotic butterfly collection. There’s also a life-size horse model, painted with the full anatomy by one of our talented students.

GIS computing lab

Our Geographic Information Systems lab gives you the ability to capture and analyse spatial and geographic data.

GIS can track migration patterns, deforestation, conservation, town and city expansions and is a recognised and trusted system in a range of industries.

Environmental labs

Based in one of the campuses historic quad towers, here you’ll test for contaminants, map river flow and collect high-resolution spectral data using infrared technology.