University of Gloucestershire shortlisted for National Award

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The University of Gloucestershire has been shortlisted for a 2013 Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development.                                                                                 Having begun nine years ago, the awards celebrate the achievements and excellence of higher education institutions around the country.

The shortlist has been announced and the University shares its category with five other institutions including the University of Greenwich, University of East Anglia and Newcastle University. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on November 28.

The University is both a pioneer and a sector leader in sustainability, ranking in the top five in the People and Planet Green League consistently since the league began and as a regular winner at the annual Green Gown Awards.

Professor Daniella Tilbury, Director of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire, is delighted with the news.

“The University engages deeply with sustainability which is reflected in the way we make decisions, educate our students, support the local community and carry out our business. We acknowledge that sustainability requires a long term commitment. Our nomination for the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development recognises how we have invested and consistently improved our performance in this area since 2007.”

The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.

Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

The University is celebrated for its consistent and outstanding performance in sustainability as recognised by external external assessments such as the Green League and Green Gown Awards in the UK.

The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus and a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses. For more information visit

Source: University of Gloucestershire

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