7 Cheltenham organisations paving the way for science and technology

With some of the world's leading organisations paving the way for science and technology right here in Gloucestershire, SoGlos has rounded up 7 of the best.

From protecting the country’s cyberspace to leading the way in engineering education, discover 7 Cheltenham organisations paving the way for science and technology in this hot list.

1. Cheltenham Ladies’ College

Providing engaging lessons which are both experimental and practical, Cheltenham Ladies’ College teaches its students everything from engineering principles to computer-aided design (CAD) and the design life cycle.

With projects including building a kit car and working with local technology firm GE Aviation, Cheltenham Ladies’ College provides students with fantastic experience and even allows them to assist in building a green powered car.

Cheltenham Ladies’ College has technology at the forefront of its teaching, having pioneered science teaching since the 1800s, the College now sees a third of its students go on to study STEM subjects at university every year.


Possibly one of the most famous organisations in Cheltenham, GCHQ uses state-of-the-art technology and the most advanced methods to tackle terrorism, serious crime and improve the country’s cyber security.

Forming part of GCHQ, the UK’s cyber security is managed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Protecting cyber security, providing advice and improving technology, NCSC’s mission is to protect from cyber-attacks.

3. University of Gloucestershire

Voted as the UK’s most sustainable university in 2019, the University of Gloucestershire is leading the way for tackling climate change across its campuses.

Since 2005, the university has reduced its direct carbon emissions by 47 per cent, helped to put in place the Gloucestershire Energy Strategy and constructed its Pittville Student Village and Business School Growth Hub with multiple sustainable features.

4. GE Aviation

GE uses specialist engineering and technology to invent advancements in aviation, renewable energy and healthcare.

Running its GirlsGetSET scheme for girls aged between 11 and 18 years-old, GE Aviation, in Cheltenham, heads out to multiple schools across the county and beyond to excite students about Science Engineering and Technology (SET) subjects.

5. STEMworks

Striving to drum up excitement around technology, science, maths and engineering, STEMworks are based in Gloucestershire and provide sessions to promote STEM skills.

From working with businesses to get employees invested in STEM skills to running workshops for primary or secondary school children on everything from coding and robotics to wind turbine workshops.

6. Cheltenham Festivals

Bringing together some of the world’s leading scientists, hands on interactive exhibits and family friendly events, Cheltenham Science Festival aims to answer some of the biggest mysteries and questions in the universe.

With names including Professor Brian Cox, Richard Dawkins and Robert Winston all appearing at previous Cheltenham Science Festivals, the annual event showcases cutting edge technology, discoveries and pioneering engineering.

7. Kohler

The company behind Mira showers, Kohler is based in Gloucestershire and invented the bathtub in 1883. Since then, Kohler has paved the way for innovative products for bathrooms, kitchens and homes.

Using state-of-the-art technology to invent a touchless toilet lid and customisable digital showers, Kohler Mira is based in Cheltenham.

© SoGlos
Monday 01 March 2021

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