University of Gloucestershire History
University of Gloucestershire History
Publications on University history
Three key publications provide a definitive statement of the historical background of the educational provision which led to university status. The statement is supported by a timeline. The University of Gloucestershire timeline was reproduced by artist Josie Brown. It was commissioned by The Old Students Association of the University of Gloucestershire specifically to portray, in illuminated form, how the various conglomerate colleges became one Higher Education establishment. The work is hung in the main building of the Park Campus.
- ‘University of Gloucestershire – Thanksgiving’, 30 April 2002, Gloucester Cathedral
- ‘150 years of Art Education’, 2002, University of Gloucestershire
- ‘Celebrating 150 years of the Church Foundation’, 1997, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education
Predecessor colleges and institutes
The following are points in the history appearing in the timeline.
- 1834 – Cheltenham Mechanics’ Institute
- 1840 – Gloucester Mechanics’ Institute
- 1847 – Cheltenham Training College (Church Foundation)
- 1852 – Cheltenham School of Art
- 1920 – St Paul’s College of Education
- 1920 – St Mary’s College of Education
- 1967 – Gloucestershire College of Education
- 1979 – College of St Paul and St Mary
- 1980 – Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology from four other Local Authority colleges
- 1990 – Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology (HE)
- 1990 – Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education
- 2001 – University of Gloucestershire
From 1992, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education (CGCHE) was permitted to award first and postgraduate degrees and in 1998 it achieved research degree awarding powers. In 2001, the University of Gloucestershire was awarded university status.
The Anglican Foundation of the University of Gloucestershire evolved from the Christian Foundation of the former colleges of St Mary and St Paul, two of the institutions which came together to create the university. Until September 2011, Foundation Fellows played a significant role in the governance of the university. Following a review of governance by the university in 2010/11, it was agreed that Council should be responsible for appointing all its external members. Foundation Fellows are still eligible to apply to Council to become external members.
In February 2012 Rennie Fritchie was announced as the new Chancellor succeeding Lord Carey of Clifton, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Sir Henry Elwes and the former Bishop of Gloucester Michael Perham are Pro-Chancellors. As of August 2011, Stephen Marston holds the post of Vice-Chancellor.
2009 – 2011
In 2009/10 several formerly senior figures in the university resigned. In November 2009, Paul Bowler, the deputy vice-chancellor resigned shortly after being suspended from his post only seven months after joining the institution. Paul Bowler, a former investment banker who joined Gloucestershire in May 2009, was on a week’s leave when he was told not return to work. On 7 December, a university spokesperson said, “The deputy vice-chancellor Paul Bowler, has resigned. Financial benefits have not been sought by Mr Bowler, who is leaving of his own accord to pursue other interests”.
In December 2009 Dr Sharp, Dean and Associate Pro Vice-chancellor, following his resignation, took up a post in the new UK Higher Education International Unit.
The Vice-Chancellor, Patricia Broadfoot, resigned in March 2010, during conflicting views on the financial health of the institution. The precise circumstances of this resignation and the salary paid to her as recorded in the public accounts have attracted various media attention being the reported highest of all UK Vice-chancellors for the year.
In May 2010, the Chancellor Lord Carey resigned.
In September 2010, Paul Bowler was a witness in an employment tribunal case brought by a member of staff of the university under the ‘whistleblowing’ legislation – the Public Interest Disclosure Act. The tribunal found for the complainant and outcome was reported in the higher education press.
In March 2011, Paul Hartley resigned.
Stephen Marston, current Vice-Chancellor, has committed himself to listening to staff concerns. He states ‘new culture’ being addressed and reports a new senior management Human Resources appointment.
Since his appointment the university has been nominated for several awards for student support, including the Times Higher Leadership and Management awards for outstanding student services in 2014 and 2015, and Outstanding Student Support by WhatUni.
In 2015 applications rose by 6% – three times the national average – and the numbers confirming offers of places had increased by 18% when the official Ucas deadline passed.
In April 2014 the University of Gloucestershire was short-listed for the award of Outstanding Student Services Team in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards. The awards are run by The Times newspaper’s national publication The Times Higher Education (THE), and aim to showcase examples of extraordinary innovation and teamwork.
In March 2016 the University of Gloucestershire was shortlisted in the top 10 in the International category of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2016.
In the 2016 annual Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey the University of Gloucestershire ranks 62nd.
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