Week off for some University of Gloucestershire students as race week curtails lectures

Several lectures at the University of Gloucestershire have been cancelled this week during the Cheltenham Festival.

Many of the university’s students find temporary work at Cheltenham Racecourse for the week and some course leaders have taken the decision to move formal lectures to other times of the year, although personal tutor sessions and some workshops are still going ahead.

A spokesman said The Festival represented a ‘normal teaching week’.

 

In a statement released by the university, they said: “Race week is a normal teaching week at the university.

“During any teaching week, where any decision is taken at a local level to cancel an individual lecture for variety of reasons, steps will always be taken to reschedule that teaching session as soon as possible.”

Strong winds and the threat of Storm Gareth have not stopped thousands of punters from attending the horse racing event this year.

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Racegoers wait in the rain for the gates to open

Princess Anne, Lilly Allen, Jeremy Kyle, Liz Hurley, Chris Evans, Carol Vorderman, Rory Bremner and Katie Price are among the famous faces spotted at the event this year.

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Temporary structures are located throughout the racecourse, and last year the world’s longest 180m long triple decker accommodated over 25,000 hospitality guests across the four days.

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Carol Vorderman came prepared for the weather

All of the executive tents need to be monitored closely in the face of such extreme conditions.

Doubts have arisen about Cheltenham Racecourse being able to stage day two of The Festival.

Officials at the track are monitoring conditions closely, as ‘strong gusting winds’ are predicted to batter the venue.

 

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