Our medical training for doctors is run by our Gloucestershire Academy, one of seven academies and NHS trusts that provide placements for the University of Bristol.

About us

The University of Bristol Medical Dean in Gloucestershire is Dr Philip Davies and the Deputy Dean is Dr Susannah Jenkin. Our Undergraduate Medical Education Manager is Angie Coulson. The University of Bristol Offices are located in Redwood Education Centre on the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital campus. Take a look at a full list of contacts.

All units of the curriculum are delivered in part or in total and all parts of the Primary Care Service, the Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Hospitals Trust and the Gloucestershire 2Gether Trust is used in doing so. Every unit of the curriculum is led locally by a unit co-ordinators and the unit is delivered through unit tutors and a body of teachers, both doctors and other professionals, relevant to that unit. The unit co-ordinators link with the unit leads at the University and the unit co-ordinators from the other six academies. Hence the provision of education for student doctors by the University of Bristol in Gloucestershire is designed to be consistent with what is envisaged centrally and what is delivered within the other 6 academies.

As well as delivering the curriculum, the clinicians in Gloucestershire also participate in the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) finals examination at Bristol and the Yr4 OSCE’s held at Sandford Education Centre, Cheltenham in June each year. They also join with colleagues from the other academies to examine the final Objective Structured Long case Examination Record (OSLER) examinations in Gloucester.


Accommodation for students at Gloucestershire Academy is provided in Gloucester by Markey Student Digs in and in Cheltenham by the Trust accommodation provider Sovereign Housing Group. All of our accommodation is no more than a 10-15 minute walk from either Gloucestershire Royal Hospital or Cheltenham General Hospital.

Markey Accommodation Gloucester

All of our properties in Gloucester are newly furnished with Single Bed, Wardrobe, Drawer Unit, Desk & Chair, Dining Tables, Chairs, Soft seating, Fridge & Freezer, Washing Machine, Microwave, Crockery Packs, Toaster, Kettle, Ironing Boards & Irons, Clothes Airer, Vacuum Cleaners. There are also now tumble dryers available at each property for your use for a small charge. PLEASE NOTE : For all of above properties in Gloucester you will need to bring basic cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, pots & pans (although a limited supply may be available), duvet, pillows, bed linen and towels as they are not provided. N.B. Each of our flats in Gloucester has a vacuum cleaner and we encourage you to use them regularly during your stays. Please ensure that when you use the vacuums that you empty the dirt containers regularly and report any faults to the Undergraduate Office immediately, so that we can investigate/solve any problems promptly for you.

Formal Place
A 23 bedroom property situated on Southgate Street, Gloucester accommodating our 5th year students. The property is split into a mix of 1 & 2 bed flats all with bathroom and/or ensuite, kitchen/diner and lounge area. There is NO parking at this property although there is an NCP car park at the rear of the accommodation.

Henley Court
A 16 bedroom property situated on Montpellier Place, Gloucester accommodating 4th year students. The property is split into 1 & 2 bed flats all with bathroom and/or ensuite, kitchen/diner and lounge area. There is NO parking at this property.

Whitfield House
A 61 bed property situated on Whitfield Street, Gloucester accommodating a mix of 3rd and 4th year students. The property is split into a mix of 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 bed flats all with shared shower rooms, kitchen/diner and lounge area.

Trust accommodation Cheltenham

5th years studying in Cheltenham will be accommodated in Caduceus House, Christowe Lane (a 16 bed property split into four 4 bedroom single sex flats) and 4th years studying CMOP in Cheltenham only will be accommodated in one 6 bedroom house in Sandford Mill Road.

These properties are managed by the Trust accommodation provider, Sovereign Housing Group and come fully furnished.

They also come with a housekeeping service once a week for communal areas and bathrooms and laundry service (for bed linen that has been provided only) on a weekly basis.

The house in Sandford Mill Road has two off road parking spaces only.  There is no parking available at Caduceus House.

All of our accommodation in Cheltenham is fully furnished with:

  • bed
  • wardrobe
  • chest of drawers
  • desk
  • chair
  • bedside table and lamp
  • fridge and freezer
  • microwave
  • kettle
  • ironing boards and irons
  • basic cooking utensils
  • pans
  • crockery

You will be provided with a set of bed linen, and bath and hand towels, but you may wish to bring extra bed linen and towels with you.


How to find us

See more useful information on getting to our hospitals.

Facilities for students

There is a medical student common room (with free wifi), a shared kitchen facility (with a dedicated medical student area and fridge providing free tea, coffee and milk) at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital located in a new facility at the rear of Fosters Restaurant.

There are dining rooms at both Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals located in the main hospital buildings.

Redwood Education Centre, Gloucester & Sandford Education Centre, Cheltenham both have their own dining rooms with food counter service for you to purchase sandwiches, snacks and drinks.


Student Social
The Undergraduate Department organise various social events for all medical students on placement in Gloucestershire.

More details will be provided during your placement.


What do I need to bring with me?

If you are staying in any of our accommodation in Gloucester you will need to bring cooking utensils, pots & pans, duvet, pillows, bed linen and towels with you as they are not provided. A personal crockery pack will be provided containing crockery and cutlery. Our accommodation in Cheltenham is fully furnished including crockery, cutlery & utensils, microwave, iron, kettle, vacuum cleaner etc. All rooms in Cheltenham are provided with one set of bed linen, and laundry change weekly.

Can I bring my car?

You may bring your car with you to Gloucestershire if you wish however, with exception of Yr4 accommodation in Cheltenham (which has a small number of parking spaces at the property) none of our accommodation has parking. If you bring your car you can apply for a Trust parking permit, which allows you to park at the multi storey car park at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital or in standard user parking spaces at Cheltenham General Hospital for £1.50 per 24hrs, or you can apply for a Gloucester resident parking permit, details for which will be included in your accommodation key packs on arrival. All of our accommodation is less than a 15 minute walk from either Gloucestershire Royal or Cheltenham General Hospitals.

Where do I collect my keys from and return them to when I leave?

Instructions for key collections will be included in your welcome emails/reporting instructions. On your departure Gloucester accommodation keys must be left in the Student Digs Gloucestershire key box located in each property entrance/stairwell (N.B. Not the individual flat post box, also found in the property entrance). Keys for accommodation in Cheltenham can be collected from A&E reception at Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH) on the day of your arrival (please see welcome email/reporting instructions for detail). They must be returned in person to A&E reception CGH by 8.30am on the morning you vacate the accommodation so we can prepare for new arrivals. N.B. Posting your accommodation keys to us after you have left Gloucestershire is not acceptable and may result in a charge.

What if I do not require accommodation?

Please let us know ASAP if you will not be needing accommodation whilst on placement with Gloucestershire Academy. We have to let our accommodation providers know in advance of your arrival and if they prepare a room for you and you don't arrive we are charged a fee, which we pass on to the student.