University of Hertfordshire

2015 League Table Ranking 60
2015 Overall Score 639
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Entry Standards 340 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.40 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 799 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 3.89 Help
Student Satisfaction
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Facilities Spend 957 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 62.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 83.2 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 66.8 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 43.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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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 25295 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

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 13 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.
  • The University of Hertfordshire was awarded the European Commission HR Excellence iin 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 fo Research Degree Programmes.

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.
  • 88.8% of our full-time, first degree UK graduates are in work or further study.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 80 places for student and staff children.

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.
  • 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.


  • The £15-million Hertfordshire Sports Village, situated on the de Havilland campus, offers some of the best university-based sporting and fitness facilities.
  • The 25-metre pool is rated in the country's top 50 and other facilities include a state-of-the-art gym and climbing wall.
  • 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.
  • In July 2012 the University welcomed the Olympic Torch Relay through its de Havilland Campus, as it made its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games and hosted training sessions for international teams and athletes prior to the London 2012 Olympics – British Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, Afghanistan.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Facilities include Film, Music and Media Building, a Health Research Building, which houses simulation laboratories and a training pharmacy.
  • The £38-m Forum opened in September 2009. The 8,000 square metre development is designed for students and the wider community housing a main auditorium, a club, and several bars. The new Student Forum is designed to be water efficient, energy saving and waste management effective.
  • The new Law School opened in September 2011 on the University's de Havilland Campus. It hosts a fully functioning court room with a public gallery, mediation centre, law clinic, café and a range of teaching rooms.
  • In the summer of 2011 the University’s Board approved the 2020 Estates Vision.
  • The 2020 Estates Vision is ambitious in scope, delivering a greater number of significant academic buildings than ever before. De Havilland projects include Informal learning and Social Spaces, Sports Village Gym Extension and the Plaza and External Spaces. College Lane projects include Hutton Hub, Reception and Learning Zone, Student Accommodation, Science Building, Engineering Building, Senate Building, Main Building and Lecture Theatre, Teaching Building and the Conference Centre.
  • The University has been given first class awards in the People & Planet Green League every year since its inception in 2007 – Hertfordshire is ranked 38 out of 145 universities with a score of 41.5 out of 70 (People & Planet Green League 2012).

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.

Notable Alumni

  • Helen Lederer – actress, comedian, writer and television and radio presenter.
  • Alistair Spaling – 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.
  • Matthew Saunders – entrepreneur, MD of the Fat Cat Group.
  • Nicki Combarro – consultant physiotherapist for the English Institute of Sport and the London 2012 olympics and paralympics, owner of Bodybalance Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic.
  • 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 iin both Shell's Women of the Future Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 award and the Lloyds TSB Enterprise awards.
  • Commander Sarah West RN – mathematics graduate and first woman in the Royal Navy’s 500 year history to command a major warship – HMS Portland. Also received an Honorary Doctorate from the University in 2012. 

For further information

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

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