University of Gloucestershire United Kingdom
University of Gloucestershire United Kingdom
University of Gloucestershire
The University of Gloucestershire is a public university based in Gloucestershire, England. It is located over three campuses, two in Cheltenham and one in Gloucester, namely Francis Close Hall, The Park and Oxstalls.
The university is the recent successor of a large number of merged, name-changed and reformed institutions of further and higher education. Its history spans nearly two centuries. It originates from the merger of two distinct strands of educational provision in Gloucestershire being that provided by Local Government and that founded by the Anglican Church. The university traces its earliest Civic history to the Cheltenham Mechanics’ Institute in 1834, and to the Cheltenham Training College in its Church history, established in 1847, by the Reverend Francis Close. Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education was created in 1990 from the two distinct strands. In October 2001, the college was awarded University status.
The university provides almost 100 undergraduate courses and around 57 taught post-graduate courses within two faculties: the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Business and the Faculty of Art and Technology.
A 10-year Memorandum of Understanding exists between the university, Gloucestershire College and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College to support access to higher education.
The University has announced a £57 million investment programme for its estates including a new £38m 794 bed village in Cheltenham and a new business school and sports facilities in Gloucester.
History: University of Gloucestershire United Kingdom
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.
Faculties: University of Gloucestershire United Kingdom
The university is organised into two faculties, and nine schools of study. These are:
- Faculty of Art and Technology
- School of Art and Design
- School of Computing and Technology
- School of Liberal and Performing Arts
- School of Media
- School of Education
- Faculty of Applied Sciences and Business
- Business School
- School of Sport and Exercise
- School of Natural and Social Sciences
- School of Health and Social Care
General contacts: University of Gloucestershire United Kingdom
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