Within the University we are promoting open-source GIS through the use of open-data sources and the teaching of open-source software such as QGIS. We teach at Undergraduate and Postgraduate to provide training in both paid and open-source GIS software to give our students experience of the potential variety of software used in different industries.
For the first time in 2019 we are introducing a Postgraduate course in Conservation GIS (Postgraduate Certificate) due to a huge demand for professional ecologists and conservation practitioners with applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills. The explicit aim is to allow students to integrate both basic and advanced GIS skills into their everyday conservation tasks and activities, principally using the QGIS open-source system
At the University of Gloucestershire we aim to continue to grow the open-source training we provide within our taught courses.