We care about our community.
Small class sizes, over 80 clubs & societies and a diverse cohort from 60+ countries – you’re never just a number at #teamglos.
Never just a number
At the University of Gloucestershire, you’re never just a number. Instead, you’re part of a close-knit and connected community of just over 10,000 students.
There will always be someone who knows you, and someone to look out for you. Whether that’s a fellow student, your lecturer, personal tutor or a member of the wider community.
Community-feel on campus
Small Class Sizes
“I came from a very small secondary school in northwest Kent where there were only 4 classes per year group: the fact that the class sizes at UoG were also small made me feel far more secure. I knew that I wouldn’t be just another face or a lost voice in a crowd of 100 people in a lecture theatre. The benefit of having your lecturers know you by your face really sold it for me.
The university being spread out across Cheltenham/Gloucester was also really appealing to me as I didn’t like how claustrophobic some universities felt being on one massive campus. The green spaces on FCH and in Pittville Park was also a selling point.”
Rhiannon Carter, History student
We’re a strong and united team, even if our time if mostly spent apart right now. Thankfully there are still a number of ways to get involved and be part of #teamglos. A great place to start is the SU.
Your Students’ Union is a registered charity led by students for students. You’ll have a voice and we’ll get you involved in student life through events, activities, clubs and societies. You’ll automatically become a member when you join us (there’s no membership fee).
2 weeks of events and activities, including the Freshers’ Ball and Freshers’ Fayre, BBQs, cinema nights and fancy-dress parties.
Choose from over 60 societies, including Afro-Caribbean, Nintendo, LGBTQ+, Cyber Forensics, Yoga, Vegan & Vegetarian and Creative Writing – and for aspiring DJs and presenters, there’s our student-run radio station Tone. Or, you can always start a new society.
Compete, play for fun or just keep fit. With over 35 sports clubs – including athletics, cricket, dance, football, netball, rugby and rowing – you’ll find something to get involved with.
“I didn’t know anyone at first. So, I joined different clubs and societies. It was a great way to meet new people who are now my best friends.”
Sukh Singh, Computing student
Societies in lockdown
We’ve all had to swap our nights out for what feels like an eternity of PJ nights in, hitting nothing more than the sofa and the inevitable wall of boredom. To stop cabin fever setting in, our societies found a way of getting everyone together when it was needed most:
Virtual game nights and ‘going out but staying in’ events were a great way to hang out and have fun. Whether it’s getting dressed-up in their very best glad rags or lounging in some trustworthy loungewear – these virtual socials were a wonderful way to stay connected.
Even if you can’t play the game, sports clubs are a great way to connect with people who have the same passions. Instead of Wednesday pub quiz followed by a night out, this society has been hosting evening quizzes with some fantastic prizes.
There’s no better way to bring people together and raise spirits, than channelling your inner Mary Berry. The Education society encouraged students to dust off their baking equipment and share their finest bakes. To submit a photo of their masterpiece and potentially win a Great British Bake Off cookbook.
Diverse & vibrant
Explore new cultures, share ideas, work with the local community and best of all, meet new people to make memories with.
We welcome mature students for all courses. We value what your life experience brings to the learning environment.
If you’re balancing family or job commitments alongside your studies or have any other concerns, we can offer you support and advice.
One on every campus and open to students of all and no faiths. They are ideal for meeting new people, prayer and quietness. Look out for weekly events such as dog walking and mindfulness.
Refugee Support Society
“We’re working together to take action and raise awareness for refugee and asylum seekers causes locally and globally.
Working closely alongside Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees, holding fundraisers to support work carried out by Salam LADC, we meet and share ideas in our fortnightly ‘Chatty Café’. We also look forward to some exciting socials together.”
Our inclusive community welcomes students from over 60 countries worldwide. We offer exceptional support, English language courses and a range of automatic discounts for international students.
Get the best of British life and graduate career-ready.
Connecting with the wider community
Local & global giants
Amongst the beautiful hills and acres of green spaces, our students work with incredible local businesses that have a global reputation, including: Superdry, GE Aviation, Raytheon, Spirax-Sarco Engineering, SLG Beauty and Gullivers Sports Travel – to name a few.
As well as placements, our students benefit from guest lectures and live briefs, plus our very own Growth Hub partners students with local businesses to help them thrive.
As well as joining local and companies after graduating, our students also go on to start their own enterprises.
Born Wild Tea
Business Management graduate Phil Adams and partner Charlotte who studied Marketing at UoG created this business after working for a year in Boston. Their high-quality loose tea is sustainably-sourced, with a variety of flavours to choose from.
Set up by 3 of our Product Design students with the help of our Growth Hub, this successful consultancy business has designed and delivered creative studio spaces, exhibitions and cutting-edge tech.
The Happy Donut Bakery
This 100% vegan and LGBTQ+, female-owned business was set up by Marketing, Advertising & Branding graduate Natalie Morris and her partner Meg. From developing recipes to delivering the goods – this duo are pioneering tasty, plant-based alternatives.
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Make friends, learn new skills and get involved from day one.
We’ve axed our printed prospectus and sustainability is woven into all our degrees.
Cheese chasing, 3 vibrant campuses, over 45 festivals & more.
Global placement, travel opportunities and expert lecturers.
A home away from home, with outstanding support teams every step of the way.
Small class sizes, over 80 clubs & societies and a diverse cohort from 60+ countries.
Want to hear more?
Who Cares is our new podcast which delves into what new university students care about. Our students and team discuss everything from how you’ll fit in and be supported, to student life in Gloucestershire and whether going to university is really worth it. You can listen on the player below.