University of Gloucestershire was formed in 2001. Its predecessor was Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education which was formed in 1990 by merging College of St Paul and St Mary and the higher education wing of the Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology. In 1992 the college was awarded the right to award its own first degrees and also taught postgraduate degrees. In 1998 it was given research degree awarding powers. It has currently almost 11,000 students.
With University of Gloucestershire you can study undergraduate courses, postgraduate courses, research programmes, teacher training, business and professional programmes. The programmes and courses are flexible with a wide variety of levels and subjects to choose from. Undergraduate study programmes are taught in modules with over 1000 modules to choose from - you create your own study programme. You usually select two subject fields as the focus of your study.
A wide range of innovative courses is on offer: Interactive Games Design, Television Production, Digital Cinema Productin, Photography - Editorial and Advertising, Photojournalism, Broadcast Journalism, Internet System Development, Illustration, Landscape Architecture and many others. Traditional fields, such as Biology, Law, History, Modern Languages, Geography are also available.
Fees are £3,000 per annum for UK and EU full-time Undergraduates and £1,000 for a work placement year. Annual rebate of 10% of fees will be given to every undergraduate who successfully completes their programme of study in accordance with regulations. For more information contact the Finance and Planning team on 01242 532727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University has a range of support packages for students. Students who qualify for full maintenance grant can receive £300 a year. Local students (from Gloucestershire and bordering counties) will be given bursaries on a sliding scale instead, according to the amount of grant received; those on full grant will receive £810 a year. Entrants from partner institutions will receive an extra one-off payment of £100. The university is also considering giving all full-time entrants (excluding PGCE) a £200 one-off payment.
There are four campuses: three in Cheltenham (Francis Close Hall, Park and Pittville), a fourth in Gloucester (Oxstalls, featuring top sports facilities). There is a free bus service between campuses and Cheltenham and Gloucester town centres.
The Park provides accommodation for 180 students in 5 villas. It has a Learning Centre, food outlets and Students' Union bar.
Francis Close Hall has state of the art studio, laboratory, ICT, Gloucester suite training restaurant, Learning Centre, Student's Union bar. Students' University leisure complex is nearby.
Pittville campus is the base for Fine Arts, Design and Media programmes. Media centres and studios are available to all students. It has a specialist art and media library, as well as its own gallery for students. 250 students are resident in Pittville.
At Oxstalls campus you can study sports related study programmes. It has its own Students' Union and bar, as well as a Learning Centre. 175 en-suite rooms have telephone and internet access.
Prices for Halls of Residence are £64 - £89 in 2006/2007. Shared private accomodation is available from the database in the Accommodation Office. Prices of these are around £55 + bills. For more information contact the Accommodation Office on 01242 714544 or email email@example.com.