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University of Hertfordshire

2016 League Table Ranking 75
2016 Overall Score 612
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Entry Standards 316 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.8 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.61 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 969 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.92 Help
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Facilities Spend 890 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 67.9 Help
Graduate Prospects
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Degree Completion 86.1 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 67.0 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 47.6 Help
Green Score
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  • A model 21st-century university, international business-facing and business-like in its approach.
  • Gained university status in 1992.
  • Post-war technical college (Hatfield), reincarnated as Hatfield College of Technology and Hatfield Polytechnic.

Location and Transport

  • Two sites in Hatfield and Bayfordbury (a rural field station and observatory outside Hertford).
  • Good transport links to the rest of the UK, well located with London only 25 minutes' by train to London King's Cross tube and rail station.
  • Uno Bus, a University of Hertfordshire owned bus company, was set up by the university in 1992 to provide student transport to the expanding university from local areas as well as improving east–west travel across the county and opening up new links from North London.

Entry Standards

  • Applications welcome from those from non-traditional backgrounds and without formal qualifications. Applications are considered on an individual basis.

Student Mix

The 25,295 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
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Part Time
Student gender

• International students from 100 different countries. The University has a global network of over 195,000 alumni.

Course Flexibility

  • Courses are up to date, relevant, and responsive to the needs of the students. All courses are devised with input from industry and the professions to create relevant degrees for employable graduates.
  • Blended learning, work and industrial placements, part-time, full-time, distance and international learning.

Teaching Standards

  • An excellent reputation for learning and teaching, with accreditation by professional bodies for many of our courses.
  • The prestigious National Teaching Fellowship has been awarded to 14 of our lecturers. It celebrates individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience through individual excellence.
  • An external audit of the University of Hertfordshire in March 2009 found that confidence can be placed in the University's present and likely future management of the academic standards of its awards and the quality of the learning opportunities available to students.

Research Standards

  • The University has three research institutes: Health and Human Sciences Research Institute; Science and Technology Research Institute; Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Institute. Also an expanding research profile with key strengths in areas of nursing, psychology, history, philosophy, physics and computer science.
  • Over 650 research students at the University enjoy benefits such as the Doctoral College which helps with all key milestones of the research degree process for students and their supervisors. It also provides research training for students and staff.
  • The University of Hertfordshire was awarded the European Commission HR Excellence in Research badge in 2010. The award is in recognition of the University's commitment and achievements in implementing the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers and the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes.
  • 57% of the University's research submissions achieved a 4 or 3 star rating in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. This is an increase of 11% when compared to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008.
  • The University's research impact for history when compared to all UK universities was rated the best and its quality of history research topped all other University Alliance Group universities.
  • The University also did particularly well in Nursing which achieved 82% 3 and 4 star ratings and Philosophy which made a huge leap from 35% of its research being awarded 3 and 4 star ratings in 2008 to 66% this year.

Academic Strengths

  • More than 50% of our academic staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, recognising their commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning.
  • The University's School of Pharmacy has been awarded full Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain accreditation.
  • The University of Hertfordshire is now one of the top twenty universities in the world to study animation.
  • 93.2% of our full-time, first degree UK graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2012–13).

Student Facilities

  • Students are well served in information technology. The Library and Resource Centre on the College Lane Campus offers 24-hour access to hundreds of computer workstations.
  • A second centre on the de Havilland campus provides another 1,100 workstations.
  • The virtual learning environment has been a leader in its field, giving all staff and students their own storage space. Students can use it for study, revision or communication, as well as to access university information.
  • UHArts is an umbrella organisation promoting the arts and maximising the use of the University's arts venues, performance spaces and galleries for professional arts events.
  • A nursery with places for student and staff children aged 3 months–5 years.
  • The main source of nightlife is the Forum – it offers the best live entertainment and club facilities available in Hertfordshire. With a total capacity of 2,000, the Forum is a sophisticated venue with three entertainment spaces, a restaurant, a café, multiple bars and onsite parking.
  • The 'local pub' on campus, the revamped Ele house, holds comfy seats, big screen TVs, and pool tables providing a convenient location to socialise. Open daily from 11.00–23.00 with food served every day.

Disability Services

  • Disability Services offer specialist advice and guidance for all students and staff regarding their diverse range of available specialist provision.
  • For more information on these services please contact, telephone 01707 281338 or visit our website.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union at the University of Hertfordshire represents all students in the university by organising campus activities and running different clubs and societies, from sports to entertainment.
  • For more information on the Hertfordshire Students’ Union please contact, telephone 01707 285 000 or visit


  • The £15-million Hertfordshire Sports Village, situated on the de Havilland campus, offers some of the best university-based sporting and fitness facilities in the UK
  • 2014 saw the opening of a large free weights area, performance gym and Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic as part of an extension to the Sports Village plus a smaller gym within the new Oval building on the College Lane Campus.
  • There is a 12-court sports hall accommodating all indoor court sports, 3 artificial turf and 4 grass pitches, squash courts, a cricket hall and an aerobics studio.

Athletic Union

  • Also located within the Sports Village is the University of Hertfordshire Athletic Union, which is responsible for the management and development of 29 student sports clubs – most of which compete in the inter-University BUCS leagues.

Sports Scholarships

  • Sports Scholarships are available for High Performance Athletes looking to combine their sport with education, enabling student-athletes to successfully train, compete and study within a tailored performance environment.

Active Students

  • Active Students is a Sport England funded project, which offers over 80 hours of free sports, dance and activities each week to students.
  • Active Students aims to encourage non-sporty and semi-sporty students into being more active whilst at university with our 'No Sign Up, No Commitment, No Cost' ethos.
  • We offer many less traditional sports and activities alongside the traditional favourites on both campuses and in a range of facilities.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In the summer of 2011, the University’s Board approved the 2020 Estates Vision; an ambitious ten year building programme delivering a greater number of significant academic buildings than ever before.
  • A £2-million investment in the Weston Atrium transformed a previously underused area into a vibrant focal point at the de Havilland Campus. The space offers an area for informal learning, meeting, socialising and events.
  • A new main reception opened at the College Lane Campus in June 2014, followed by the new Chapman Lounge; a relaxed and informal learning space that brings together students and staff with access to AV equipment, Wi-Fi, computers and a café.
  • Opened in January 2015, the new Hutton Hub offers a single point of access to student services including Student Centre, Wellbeing, Students’ Union, Careers advice. The building also has an informal learning space and a small café.
  • A three year project to transform student accommodation is now in its second stage at College Lane. Stage one completed in September 2014 with 700 new bedrooms, campus gym, external sports pitches and a central common room. Stage two opens in 2015 and stage three in 2016.
  • Currently under construction, a £40-m state of the art Science Building will open at College Lane in 2016. This purpose built facility will primarily offer teaching laboratories, a range of research laboratories and a café.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Student Job Centre is part of the Students' Union, which promotes part-time and volunteering roles for students.
  • There are part-time employment opportunities in the local area including retail and office work as well as at the university, for example, working for its own arts organisation, as a student ambassador or EcoRep.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers and Placements Service provides a professional service to students throughout their time at the University and for up to two years after graduating.
  • The Enterprise Team at the University provides students and graduates with support and advice to help turn their business and not-for-profit ideas into established and successful ventures.
  • For more information on the Careers, Placements and Enterprise service, please visit

Notable Alumni

  • Dr Diana Hodgins MBE – 2014 Alumnus of the Year with over 30 years’ experience as an engineer and entrepreneur.
  • Helen Lederer actress, comedian, writer and television and radio presenter.
  • Alistair Spalding Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler's Wells Theatre.
  • Nitin Sawhney world-renowned music producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural pioneer.
  • Sir Stuart Matthews 2010 Alumnus of the Year with a highly decorated 53-year career in the aviation industry.
  • Frank Ogilvie former aerodynamics director and deputy head of overall aircraft design for the Airbus A380 double-deck 'superjumbo jet'.
  • Kate Bellingham broadcaster, engineer, keynote speaker and Ambassador for Women in Engineering.
  • Diane Maclean world-renowned sculptor and environmental artist.
  • Alyssa Smith international jewellery designer and social media entrepreneur, resident entrepreneur at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Hertfordshire, Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday award winner, shortlisted in both Shell's Women of the Future Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 award and the Lloyds TSB Enterprise awards.
  • Stephen Borthwick Saracens and England Rugby player.
  • George Kruis Saracens and England Rugby, under 20s player.
  • Jackson Wray Saracens and England Rugby, under 20s player.
  • Kim Little Seattle Reign FC, Scotland and Team GB ladies football player.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 1707 284000
  • University of Hertfordshire
    College Lane
    AL10 9AB
UCAS Code H36

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