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University of Gloucestershire
The University of Gloucestershire is a public university based across three campuses in Gloucestershire â€“ two in Cheltenham and one in Gloucester itself. The university has its roots in the Mechanics Institute, founded in 1834 and the Cheltenham Training College, founded in 1874. It became a university under its current name in 2001.
Students travel from around the world to study at the university and there is plenty of help and advice on offer to ease their transition. Before arrival, there is country specific information on a range of topics and once in England there is help for matters such as immigration and visas, working between classes and evening bringing family members to the country. There is help with English language skills for those who donâ€™t already speak the language and even advice about matters such as faith and religion in the UK to help international students feel at home and comfortable. At the heart of life outside the classroom is the Students Union. The union operates a number of venues as well as organising annual events such as the Summer Ball and providing support and guidance for students. It also operates some 30 different sports teams that range from rugby and hockey to equestrian disciplines and even trampolining. In particular, there are seven focus sports in both classroom and social levels â€“ rugby league and union, hockey, football, tennis, volleyball and netball. There is an annual competition with the University of Worcester covering a range of different sports. In addition, there are a range of subject and interest based societies and also volunteer and charity work opportunities as well as student run media outlets such as the radio station and a newspaper called SPACE.
The Park in Cheltenham is the largest of the three campuses of the university and home to the administrative centre. The campus itself dates from the 19th century when it was founded as a zoological ad botanical gardens. Today features include the Media School, the faculty of Business, Education and Professional Studies as well as student accommodation. In partnership with the countyâ€™s Wildlife Trust, the campus is also a designated community green space with over 900 trees and a lake. Francis Close Hall is close to Cheltenham town centre and is the original buildings of the college founded in 1847 by Rev. Francis Close. As well as studies, it is also the home of the Archives and Special Collections Department of the university and special collections relating to the area. Teaching there includes from the Humanities, Education, Natural and Social Sciences departments as well as creative subjects and the Centre for Art and Photography is close by. Oxstalls is the home of the Faculty of Applied Sciences in Gloucester and opened in 2002. It has a range of sports facilities as well as residence options. The university has over 1300 rooms across its halls of residence on all of the three campuses. As well as the halls of residence there are also university approved private house around the area and lodgings registered with the university. This ensures that students are staying somewhere safe and appropriate for them if they donâ€™t or canâ€™t live on campus.