University of Hertfordshire2014 League Table Ranking 53
2014 Overall Score 622
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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
- Sites in Hatfield and Bayfordbury (a rural field station and observatory outside Hertford).
- The £120-million de Havilland campus opened in September 2003. Humanities and Education and Business are based on this campus.
- 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. It has recently expanded into Northampton.
- Applications welcome from those from non-traditional backgrounds and without formal qualifications. Applications are considered on an individual basis.
- More information on entry standards at the University of Hertfordshire is available online.
- More than 27,200 students studying at the University, with 2,800 students from 85 countries.
- The male to female ratio is 44:56.
- The University also has a global network of over 175,000 alumni.
- 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.
- An excellent reputation for learning and teaching, with accreditation by professional bodies for many of our courses.
The university has been awarded a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Chair for Information and Computer Ethics; the fourteenth to be established in the UK.
- The prestigious National Teaching Fellowship has been awarded to 12 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.
- 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.
- Awarded the European Commission HR Excellence iin Research badge in 2010 and is now one of only 23 UK Universities with this accolade.
- 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.
- 91% of our graduates work in London and the East of England and South East Regions.
Student facilities, including library and computing
- 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.
- A nursery with 80 places for student and staff children.
- The Careers and Placements Service provides a professional service to students, graduates and alumni throughout their lifetime.
- 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.
- For information on disability services at the University of Hertfordshire contact Lena Kloos, Disability Officer: telephone 01707 284454, email L.J.Kloos@herts.ac.uk or visit the website.
- 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.
- On 8 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. The Olympic Torch, carried by 17 year old Talya Jacobson, a tireless fundraiser who has raised over £60,000 for various charities, entered the University next to the new Law Court Building and continued towards the Hertfordshire Sports Village for the customary 'kissing of the flames'.
- The University also 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.
- 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.
- Kevin Rideout – Asian Head of Equities, Citigroup.
- 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.
- Betina Korshoj Anderson – currently developing a revolutionary foetal monitoring strap for use by midwives (Fetofit).
- 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.
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