The University of Gloucestershire – 17 years on

The University of Gloucestershire is celebrating 17 years of university status.

Since its early civic function in the 19th century and the Park Campus designed originally to be a zoo, history is there for us to explore.


Over the years we’ve learnt so much from the archives including Francis Close Hall being a former location for student dormitories and celebrating 25 years of the Dymock poets.

Before 2001 the university was actually known as the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, created in 1990.

17 years of existence is good going for a university that switched it’s media courses from Pittville to Park Campus during the 10 year anniversary.

The School of Media with a Skillset Media Academy status has thrived over the last few years with new studios and a revamp.

But since the 19th century the title of the ‘University of Gloucestershire’ has been very different.

1834 – Cheltenham Mechanics Institute (was once one of the biggest in the country alongside Leicester University)

1852 – Cheltenham School of Art

1920 – St Paul’s College of Education and St Mary’s College of Education

1967 – Gloucestershire College of Education

1990 – Gloucestershire College Arts and Technology (HE)

2001 – University of Gloucestershire

Below are a collection of tweets to commemorate the 17 years.

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