University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire is a vibrant, inclusive campus-based university located 20 minutes by train from central London. Its vision is to be internationally renowned as the UK's leading business-facing university: all courses are underpinned by industry insight and 80% are accredited by professional bodies. Students graduate with the skills and attributes required for successful professional lives.

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: H36

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 72%
  • Part Time 28%

Where students come from

  • UK 84%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 13%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The university offers integrated computing, library and media services at two Learning Resources Centres (LRCs), plus plenty of support and services to help students find resources.
  • The LRCs are open 24/7 providing some 3,000 study places and over 1,200 computers, as well as extensive digital and printed library collections.
  • The university's online learning environment, StudyNet, is the main portal to many of its services, as well as being an important means of communication within the university. Personalised for each student, it includes content such as lecture notes, course materials, online discussions, email, group work, coursework submission and tutor support. Other IT includes a free licence for MS Office365 and plenty of digital storage space.

Student jobs

  • The Careers and Employment Service supports students to find part-time work while studying. The team run a part-time job fair as part of WorkFest Week, checks CVs, and hosts an online CareersHub where students can find part-time work.
  • Additionally, the Students' Union has an online Job Centre, advertising part-time and volunteering roles for students with local employers.
  • There are many part-time employment opportunities in the local area including restaurant, retail and office work, as well as roles within the university.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employment Service provides an extensive service to help students with careers advice and development during their time at university and for up to two years after graduation.
  • Support includes a programme of workshops, webinars and one-to-one sessions to support the recruitment process, alongside recruitment fairs with a wide range of employers keen to employ the university's students.
  • To help prepare for their future career, second year students can practise assessment centre skills at workshops and half-day assessment centres.
  • Long-term partnerships with industry provides students with placements and work experience in a wide variety of sectors relevant to their course.
  • An Enterprise Team helps students turn business ideas into established and successful ventures, with business start-up programmes, an annual business start-up competition (Flare), and a business incubation centre.

Health services

  • The medical centre is an NHS surgery on campus providing doctor and nursing services for students.
  • The campus pharmacy provides over-the-counter services and advice, including flu vaccinations, a stop-smoking service, pregnancy tests, weight management service and more.
  • The Healthy Students programme has been developed to help students live happy and healthy lives and to know where they can access help.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The Student Well-being counselling team provides support for any emotional or psychological difficulties that students may experience. Issues covered include difficulties with partners, friends or family; anxiety, worries or depression; feeling lonely; self-harm; and problems with food, drugs, sex and alcohol.
  • Counselling is tailored to a student's individual requirements and delivered in a number of ways, including in-house individual and group support, a wide range of workshops, and in partnership with local NHS services.

Disability support

  • The Student Well-being disability team offers specialist advice and guidance for students with a range of disabilities.
  • It works to agree adjustments for their studies, including support for a wide range of mental health difficulties.
  • A number of adapted rooms are available in the accommodation on campus for students with a disability or a specific need.

Other services and facilities

  • The Hutton Hub on College Lane campus provides a one-stop shop for students. Information and advice is provided by the student centre on a wide range of issues such as student finance.
  • Other facilities include a nursery for the use of students and staff with children aged between three months and five years, based on College Lane Campus; a bank; and Students' Union (SU) shops at College Lane and de Havilland campuses, along with food and coffee outlets.

Students' Union

  • Hertfordshire Students' Union brings the university experience to life. The SU represents students' interests and provides hundreds of opportunities to get involved in all the university has to offer.
  • A range of support and activities are on offer to complement students' academic studies, from societies and volunteering opportunities to enhancing students' CVs, to a world-class nightlife venue for students to let their hair down.
  • The SU is a not-for-profit charity, so every penny that students spend there goes back into providing services for students.


  • The university's history stems from its close links with industry, starting out as Hatfield Technical College, established by the de Havilland Aircraft Company as a centre of excellence for engineering.
  • The college later became the Hatfield College of Technology and then Hatfield Polytechnic, bringing in other disciplines. It gained university status in 1992.
  • An early pioneer in computer science, in 1960 the university hosted the first 'Computers in Education' conference, which proved a key moment in the progression of computer science as an academic discipline internationally.

Fascinating Fact

  • University of Hertfordshire astronomers were instrumental in discovering the closest planets to our solar system.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Kate Bellingham – presenter, engineer and STEM advocate.
  • Grace Ononiwu – Chief Crown Prosecutor, West Midlands CPS.
  • Helen Lederer – actress and comedian.
  • Alistair Spalding – artistic director and chief executive of Sadler's Wells.
  • Nitin Sawhney – composer, producer and musician.
  • Jon Symonds – chair of HSBC.
  • David Sproul – partner with Deloitte.
  • Billy Vunipola – Saracens and British and Irish Lions rugby.
  • Danielle Carter – Arsenal Ladies and England Ladies football.
  • David Henson MBE – Parasport athlete – represented Britain at the Invictus Games, World and European Championships and bronze medal winner at Rio Paralympics 2016.


University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB