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From student to lecturer


After choosing to study at the University of Gloucestershire, Jack James, who now teaches Professional Policing, is now working alongside many of his former lecturers. “I chose to study at UoG as I wanted to experience campus life, whilst also having the option to drive ten minutes outside of Cheltenham or Gloucester, to make the most of the countryside and activities on offer in a county like Gloucestershire,” he said. “I also knew that the…


Facing the pandemic together


From road races to stadium concerts, St John Ambulance volunteers have been a reassuring sight at events, and training generations of first aiders, for more than 130 years. And with alumnus Martin Houghton-Brown at the helm, thousands of volunteers have been providing vital support to the NHS during the Coronavirus pandemic. Martin, who started Teacher Training at St Paul’s and St Mary’s College in 1989, has been Chief Executive of St John since 2018. During…


Supporting a green recovery


Marketing graduate Charlie Brunyate is focusing on the future and supporting a green economic recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. Charlie chose the University of Gloucestershire as he grew up in the area, and wanted to study Marketing as he’d enjoyed it at A-Level. “Having been to visit Park campus,” he said, “it felt comfortable and a great location I was familiar with, as well as having a good reputation for their Marketing course – especially…


Shaping a career in the arts


Sarah Bowden had travelled the world with her family before thinking about art school in the 1990s. She moved to Cheltenham to attend the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, the predecessor of the University of Gloucestershire. And she found the environment inspiring. “When I was given a tour of Pittville with a friend who was looking to do a painting degree,” she said, “it was packed with students creating amazing artwork, it was…


Award winning alumnus revisiting the past


A Masters by Research is helping Oliver Brown take his studies to the next level and uncover the secrets of the past. Oliver studied BA History and loved his time at the University of Gloucestershire so much that he started a Masters last year. “The backing I received by all of the lecturers was invaluable,” he said. “I was fortunate enough to receive an award from the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society (BGAS) for my…


How history helped Harris start a new career


After graduating from the University of Gloucestershire in 2018, Harris Jones has put his studies into practice for his professional career. After finishing his BA (Hons) in History, he moved back to Leeds and joined a Graduate Scheme to train as a Chartered Accountant. “Working in accountancy may seem like a vast contrast to what I studied at university,” he said, “however a lot of what I have achieved now is due to the University…


Helping rhinos is second nature for Richie


Having graduated from Animal Biology at the University of Gloucestershire, Richie Fourie is now working with rhinos after taking his studies to the next level. Richie is studying an MSc by Research and based in South Africa. “I loved the course as an undergraduate and the lecturers were absolutely brilliant in their teaching style and willingness to help us, so when I was offered a spot on an MSc by Res working with them, I…


Seeds of business sown at university


Launching his own coffee business may seem a world away from Music and Media Management, but James Rhys says the skills he learned at university have proved vital in his new venture. James chose to study at the University of Gloucestershire in 2009, as he was far enough away to live independently, and close enough to friends and family in the valleys of South Wales. “I was also really impressed by The Park campus and…


Fresh challenges can reap rewards


With teaching as his calling, Tom Snowdon found that the University of Gloucestershire provided him with firm foundations for his career. Now nearly three years into his first head teacher role at Swanton Morley VC Primary School, Tom graduated with a BEd in 2007. His mum was a home economics teacher, but rather than specialise he was keen to teach primary, in part due to having a younger brother at the family home near Stratford….


Embrace new experiences to achieve your dream


Having always wanted to work with weddings, Lucy Hicks found what she was looking for at the University of Gloucestershire. After looking at a few different universities, she chose the Events Management course which included a Special Events module, focusing on weddings in particular. “I liked Cheltenham and The Park Campus, along with the accommodation,” she said. “The course seemed structured and the modules all seemed relevant to the ‘real world’ and interesting. I also…


A digital dream come true


From finding her dream job, to travelling the world and meeting her husband to be, Niki Lancaster’s university experience was life-changing. Attracted by the range of media courses on offer, Niki also loved the feel of life on campus. “It had the feeling of being big but not too big,” she said, “and everyone was really friendly and helpful during those early days of exploring opportunities. Cheltenham was a very welcoming place, with a safe…


Music career launched at university


Working with artists including Taylor Swift and Rita Ora, Jack David believes he wouldn’t be where he is today without going to university. Keen to work in the music business, he studied Music and Media Management at the University of Gloucestershire, graduating in 2013. He is now Senior Manager of International Marketing at Universal Music and travels the world with his artists, which David Guetta, Sir Paul McCartney, Emilie Sande, and many more. “It was…


In the business of psychology


Jamie Martin has turned his passion for psychology into a business. After studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Gloucestershire, Jamie returned to his home town of Swindon to work in recruitment. After six years of working in corporate sales and recruitment, he founded Correct Careers Coaching, which helps small businesses and individuals retain their staff as well as offering coaching and guidance for employees at all levels. He found that…


Trust fostered independent thinking


Joining the first cohort of the Product Design degree, Tom Jaggs and two of his fellow students set up design consultancy for his year in industry which is still going strong. After winning the New Designers Allermuir Associate Prize in 2018, he has worked as stage crew in three theatres, as well as working as an extra in Downton Abbey and 1917. Tom is in the Reserve Army and has been working in the family…


Performing Arts graduate in new ‘Secret Garden’ film


Isis Davis is a performing arts graduate and one of the cast in a major new feature film ‘The Secret Garden’ working with Julie Walters and Colin Firth (released 2020). “I was cast in the role of Martha in Heyday Films’ remake of ‘The Secret Garden’.  It was the second time I have worked with the Director Marc Mundun who prior to the film, had directed me in Crazy Diamond; Electric Dreams on Channel 4. …


From Champions League to Wimbledon


Since graduating in 2018 Jordan Hollowday has been at the heart of sporting action around Europe. He joined an outside broadcast company shortly before graduation, joining the vision department after finishing his probation. Since then, the TV Production graduate has been leading on a number of projects, and he has worked on a mainstream BBC One cooking show, Champions League semi-final with BT Sport, and operating and managing the Telekart (a large touchscreen golf cart) at…


Apply your skills to any industry


Responsible for the safe and timely running of one of London’s busiest Underground lines, Michael Kelly not only gained vital skills at the University of Gloucestershire but also met the love of his life next door. Michael graduated in 2013 in Business Management with Human Resources Management, and found a place on the Transport for London Graduate Scheme. He spent two years working in a variety of roles before managing tube drivers on the Jubilee…


Support stood out from the crowd


From her first visit to the University of Gloucestershire, Alice Walder was struck by the different approach of our academics, and the warm welcome she received. “I came here for an Open Day, and in particular I found the Law lecturers to be interesting and happy to have a conversation with prospective students. This differed from my experience of other universities. I enjoyed the beautiful campuses and supportive lecturers during my time at the university.” Alice graduated in 2014, and having completed a Legal Practice Course the following year, she…


Sowing the seeds of success


Having left Portugal to further his studies, Tomas Simoes Coelho has returned to Lisbon to work for one of the country’s leading advertising agencies. The Film and Television Production graduate found that his time at the University of Gloucestershire not only enabled him to learn his trade, but gave him a range of wider skills. “When you are thrown at the professional world it can be very overwhelming, and you see and have to do…


Differentiate yourself with experience


When it came to choosing the right university, Business Management graduate Josh Dalton picked the University of Gloucestershire on the strength of its placements. On graduating in 2012, he joined the Hewlett-Packard procurement graduate scheme, working in a number of roles and organisations, and Josh now works at the world’s leading education company, Pearson. Josh is Manager – Global Procurement, at Pearson, an education management company which has more than 24,000 employees in 70 countries….