Alumni profiles

What role did the University play in your life? Directly – in terms of skills and knowledge – or indirectly, via friends, experiences and the local area.

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PJ Crook

Born in Cheltenham, PJ Crook is a painter and sculptor whose exhibitions have appeared all over the world. PJ studied at the Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, which became the University of Gloucestershire, from which she received an Honorary Doctorate in 2010. She was born in Cheltenham, where she still lives and works. PJ also sponsors an annual award in recognition of work by a final year student. Presented at graduation, the PJ Crook Prize is to help students with their applications to postgraduate courses or setting up their own.

She has kindly donated a number of paintings and other artworks, including Walking the Dog, the painting above, to the University of Gloucestershire.

Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker studied at from 1974 to 1975 at the Gloucester College of Art, which later became the University of Gloucestershire. She is well known for her large scale installations and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997. Cornelia, who received an Honorary Doctorate from the University in 2008, has collaborated with a wide number of organisations including Madame Tussaud’s, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and HM Customs and Excise. Cornelia has kindly donated this painting, Two Shots of Tequila, to the University of Gloucestershire.

Lewis Arnold

Lewis graduated from the university with a first class degree in Media Production in 2007. He has previously directed Broadchurch, Humans and Misfits, and regularly returns to the university’s Media School as a guest lecturer on the Film Production course.

Syed Ahmed Warsi

(MSc Business & Management 2010)
I found University of Gloucestershire, true to its motto, In animo et veritate; In Spirit and in Truth. Throughout my study, the facilities and faculty of this prestigious entity nurtured my capabilities and skills, equipping me to excel in the real world. After graduating in August 2010, new horizons greeted me. I worked for more than six years at Advance Security UK Ltd as a Security Coordinator, where I further honed my skills. Now I own a successful security company.

Robin Welch

Since graduating with a BEd from our predecessor institution, St Paul’s College in 1969, Robin Welch’s career has taken him around the world. After teaching in Bristol he became a school inspector in Botswana, helped establish a university in South Africa, and was awarded an MEd in 1980. Moving from there into media, he has set up television stations around the world. Now 73, he is still working, and writing a book about his experience and the people he’s met along the way.

Paul Sherwood and Nick Bennett

In 1992 Paul Sherwood met his future husband to be on the first day of his Geography course at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education. After his husband Nick Bennett completed his master’s degree, they both became statisticians for the Ministry of Defence. He said: “The course prepared us well for the Civil Service graduate recruitment scheme we applied for as new graduates. We still have very fond memories of our days in Cheltenham and still live in Gloucestershire.”

Stuart Bullen

Starting at the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education in 1990, Stuart Bullen studied Human with Physical Geography, followed by a PGCE a few years later. This led to advice and guidance work and he has worked in student support at a number of organisations including a sixth form college, a charity and in higher education. “What I enjoyed most was being young and living away from home in a great town which was just the right size, not too daunting to move to, but enough to do!”

Tim Lowe

A former head teacher of two independent schools, including Hereford Cathedral Junior School, Tim Lowe is co-founder and trustee of the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs for children who lose their hair through cancer treatment. Tim, who studied at St Paul’s College (a forerunner of the University of Gloucestershire), is also a consultant with Headway Education, which funds innovative educational ideas.

David Langer

Since returning home to Canada in 2016 after his fast track law degree at the University of Gloucestershire, David Langer has been sharing his experiences. “Every time I speak about the course, I firstly emphasise the challenges I faced, and then the pure joy it was to have been generously given the opportunity to study law in England. In that brief flicker of time I have learned so much, and I can only hope that my grandchildren can one day have the same opportunity of education and culture.”

Robert Cooke

I began at St. Paul’s in September 1968 on the “Double PE” course. The years at St. Paul’s were wonderfully active/happy and I collected not just a teaching diploma but a wife as well!
My career began in secondary schools, working up to head of department before taking a specialist PE job in a primary school. I eventually became a primary head for fifteen years. After taking early retirement I spent later years happily doing supply work and working as a teacher rep for the LEA.

Jade Delaney

Advertising graduate Jade Delaney hit the headlines in May 2018 when she turned up at the offices of McCann Bristol, covered in gold and faced down the building, in the same pose as the famous ‘Fearless Girl’ statue on Wall Street, New York. The stunt worked and after catching their attention, McCann offered her a month-long work placement on the spot. Following a great two months at McCann Bristol, Jade has been rewarded with a full-time position as a junior conceptual creative,

Linzi Mirams

After graduating from the University of Gloucestershire with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy, Linzi Mirams made decision to apply for a volunteer program abroad to help gain more experience as a newly qualified Sports Therapist. Linzi has recently traveled to Ghana in January for 10 weeks to take part in a volunteer Sports Therapy internship.
Linzi is now head sports therapist for the Rising Stars of Africa because of her experience when she volunteered.

Emma Howell

Graduating in Fine Art at the University of Gloucestershire, Emma has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and launched her first solo exhibition in August 2018.
All of her work is dedicated to her late father, and her new exhibition hung in the space above Aroundabout Sound in Cheltenham, the music shop he founded in 1985.

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Míla Fürstová

BA Fine Art Printmaking graduate Míla
Fürstová designed the artwork for
Coldplay’s album Ghost Stories. Míla is
an award winning and internationally
exhibited artist, who specialises in etching.

Lizzy Yarnold

Lizzy, who graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a BSc in Geography and Sport and Exercises Sciences, became Britain’s most decorated Winter Olympian in PyenongChang in February.

She first received a university sports scholarship in 2007 as an athlete, but took up skeleton while studying at the University of Gloucestershire. Lizzy received an Honorary Doctorate from the university in 2014.