A group of American students are arriving at the University of Gloucestershire for a taste of British justice.

The 18 students are all studying Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida and arrive on February 28 to learn more about crime and policing with students studying Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire.

Collaboration with Gloucestershire Constabulary has meant that their itinerary will include a tour of Waterwells Police Headquarters in Quedgeley, finding out about rural and wildlife policing, meeting dog handlers and visiting the armoury. They will also be spending a morning at Gloucester Crown Court including an interview with Judge Jamie Tabor. They will also be participating in a focus group on the death penalty for a student dissertation,

The scheme is organised by Dr Carol Jones, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, who initiated the exchange programme in 2011. The exchange will start with a reception at the University’s Francis Close Hall campus in Cheltenham on February 28. The students depart for Chester on March 6.

Dr Jones said: “The world is a small place and we have to acknowledge there are other cultures that on the surface appear to be like ours but actually they are very different, and this is the best way to explore that. In 2012 I took students on a field trip to Orlando, Florida where they were guests of the University of Central Florida and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Our students went behind the scenes with security at Disney, went on duty with deputies, and saw a completely different side to Orlando compared to what most visitors see. We hope to offer the American students a chance to see a different side to British life. As well as finding out more about the British justice system, some of our students who are looking forward to a field trip to Florida in 2014 will be buddying them during trips to attractions in the area in their free time.”

About the University of Gloucestershire

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 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 www.glos.ac.uk

Source: The University of Gloucestershire