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The University of Hertfordshire is a university based largely in Hatfield, in the county of Hertfordshire, England, from which the university takes its name. It has more than 23,000 students. Over 85 per cent of the submitted research was judged to be of international quality in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Quick Facts

Motto Seek Knowledge Throughout Life
Established 1992 - University Status
1967 - Polytechnic
1952 - Technical College
Type Public
Chancellor Lord Salisbury
Vice-Chancellor Tim Wilson (Retires 2011)
Quintin McKellar (From 2011)
Students 23,725
Undergraduates 19,170
Postgraduates 4,040
Other students 515 FE
Location Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England
Campus Urban
Affiliations Alliance of Non-Aligned Universities
Association of Commonwealth Universities


In 1951, the de Havilland company gave land in Hatfield adjoining the A1 to Hertfordshire County Council for educational use in perpetuity; the Council used this to build and operate Hatfield Technical College, which trained aerospace engineers for Hatfield's then-dominant aerospace industry. In 1967 it became an early polytechnic, The Hatfield Polytechnic. With the passage of the Further and Higher Education Act, 1992, the institution gained university status.


There are three campuses of University of Hertfordshire.

  • College Lane Campus.
  • Bywaters Campus.
  • De Havilland Campus, also a Saracens training ground and business campus
  • St Albans Campus, also a law campus

The main site of the university remains the College Lane campus, which houses the original Hatfield Technical College building, though the site has had many new buildings added since. Notable among these is the Learning Resources Centre, a combined library and computer centre. Computer Science, Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Health & Human Sciences are all based on this campus, as are a substantial collection of halls of residence and student houses, and the University of Hertfordshire Students' Union.

de Havilland campus is situated within 15 minutes walk of College Lane, and is built on a former BAe site. The Business School and the faculty of Humanities and Education are based here, along with another LRC. The Law School is based in St Albans, near to the law courts. There were formerly campuses in Watford (Wall Hall) and Hertford (Balls Park), but these were closed when the de Havilland campus opened. A fourth site in Bayfordbury houses the university's observatory and the biology plus geography field stations. The University has particular research strengths in History, Computer Science, Astrophysics and especially Engineering given the university's history in training Aerospace Engineers as a polytechnic.

The University of Hertfordshire Students' Union (UHSU) hosts frequent events at the College Lane campus. These formerly took place in the Union's Hutton Hall or the peculiarly shaped building commonly known as the "Elehouse", named due to its original architecture being similar to the elephant house at London Zoo. 'The Forum', a new student social space offering an entertainment venue, bars, shops, and cafés, opened in October 2009.

The University of Hertfordshire is also home to HIBT, part of the Navitas group, providing a direct pathway for international students to the university, on campus. to the University.


Hertfordshire was described as "the flagship of the former polys" by the Independent in 2002.[6] As a polytechnic, it was strong in aerospace engineering and computer science. More recently, it has built up its strengths in other areas such as pharmacology, history, geography and astrophysics. Entry requirements have been rising in recent years.

The university has five faculties

  • Business School
  • Faculty of Science, Technology and Creative Arts (formerly 'Creative and Cultural Industries' and 'Engineering and Information Sciences')
  • Faculty of Health and Human Sciences
  • Humanities, Law and Education
  • Note that Computer Science is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS)

Recent developments

The university has invested £ 200 million over the last ten years in developing facilities on the two main campuses, including the new de Havilland campus in Hatfield (opened 2003/2004), the Learning Resources Centre on the College Lane campus, the Hertfordshire Sports Village, new teaching laboratories in most Schools, including a state-of-the-art medical simulation centre called HICESC (Hertfordshire Intensive Care & Emergency Simulation Centre), and most recently the Forum, opening in academic year 2009/10.

Paramedic Science

Hertfordshire was one of the first universities in the country to develop a Paramedic Science degree  They are now also providing a Critical Care Paramedic course and an Emergency Care Practitioner course. The university still provides BSc (Hons), BSc, FdSc, and Diploma level Paramedic courses. The University's 4 year Paramedic Science course also features a period of elective study which can be undertaken anywhere in the world, and a sandwich year working for the Ambulance ServiceThe university is also among the first four universities in the country to offer the Postgraduate Diploma in Physician Assistant studies, and the first in the UK to offer the option of an MSc in the field

UH racing

The University of Hertfordshire has one of the most successful Formula Student teams in the world. UH Racing have competed in many countries and have won many awards. The UH Racing cars can accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds and pull over 2g in the corners. Students from the Engineering degrees can join the team, with students from the Sports Science, Marketing, Art and Business Schools playing a vital role. There are over 400 universities that race at Formula Student events worldwide, with UH finishing in the top 10 consistently.


Queen's Award for Industry

On 1 July 2004, the University of Hertfordshire was presented with the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade in recognition of outstanding achievement. The University received a special message of congratulations from the Queen, and the Vice-Chancellor and International Office staff also attended a special reception at Buckingham Palace.

A Centre for Excellence

In 2004 the University of Hertfordshire was awarded £4.5M by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to establish a Centre for Excellence in Blended Learning. This award enables the university to establish its profile as a leading institution combining established ways of learning and teaching with the opportunities offered by technology to ensure students have the best possible learning experience.

Fair Trade University

In March 2005, University of Hertfordshire was officially certified as a Fair trade university.

National Teaching Fellowships

Seven members of staff have achieved lifelong Fellowship awards as outstanding teachers, as part of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme introduced in 2000 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland.

e-Tutor of the Year

One of the engineering staff at the University of Hertfordshire, Mark Russell successfully entered the e-Tutor of the Year in an annual national competition, launched in 2002 by the Higher Education Academy and the Times Higher Education Supplement.

Moss University of the Year 2009

Awarded to Agneta Burton for outstanding services to Mosses over her lifetime.


Of the 2010 league tables published so far the University of Hertfordshire was ranked 41st overall in The Complete University Guide, published by The Independent which is a 4 place rise from the previous year. 15th in the Engineering schools, which is a 9 place rise from the previous year  and 60th by The Guardian, which is a 37 place rise from the previous year.

Hertfordshire is also the only British new university (former polytechnic) to be ranked in the top 503 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, being ranked equally with 100 other universities in the 402-503 range (after the first hundred the rankings are divided into large blocks to reflect the more approximate nature of the lower rankings).

University symbols

Academic dress

The University of Hertfordshire prescribes academic dress for its members. Both dress and undress are prescribed, though only dress is used in practice - for example, at the graduation ceremonies, held in St Alban's cathedral.

The academic dress of bachelors of the university is a black stuff gown, with facings and long open sleeves gathered to a point at the elbow with a button. The master's gown is similar, but with spade sleeves. With these, on formal occasions such as graduations, is worn a hood of grey or white silk and stuff. In dress, grey hoods are worn by holders of diplomas below bachelor's level, and white hoods by bachelors. Masters add a border of purple silk. Because of the university's emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, there is no distinction between the academic dress of the various faculties.

In dress, holders of initial doctorates wear red gowns with purple facings; higher doctorates have purple gowns with white facings. In undress all doctors wear master's gowns. The university is unusual among former polytechnics in also prescribing academic dress for undergraduates - the black stuff bachelor's gown with no hood - although, again, this is not used in practice.

Coat of arms

The University's coat of arms was granted in 1992. The shield is charged with an oak tree taken from the coat of arms of the former Hatfield Rural District, the constellation Perseus and a representation of the letter "H" recalling the emblem of the former Hatfield Polytechnic. The crest, a Phoenix, represents the University's origin in the aviation industry. The two harts supporting the shield represent the County of Hertfordshire. A scroll bears the motto "Seek Knowledge Throughout Life".

Ceremonial mace

The ceremonial mace was produced in 1999 by craftsman Martyn Pugh. Its design symbolises the University's origins, expertise and associations. Its shape is inspired by the shape of an aeroplane wing symbolising the university's origin in the aviation industry. The head of the mace is engraved with zodiac symbols representing the university's contribution to astronomy and also contains the DNA double helix representing the biological sciences and microprocessor chips representing information and communications technology.

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This University offers the following courses:

Course Name JACS Code
Academic Studies in Education X300
Accounting N400
Acoustics F380
Acting W410
Adult Nursing B740
Advertising N561
Aerospace Engineering H400
Air-Freight Transport Engineering H412
All Other Medical Sciences B990
Anatomy B110
Ancient History V110
Animation Techniques W615
Applied Biology C110
Artificial Intelligence G700
Astrophysics F510
Automotive Engineering H330
Aviation Studies H460
Biotechnology C560
Broadcast Engineering H642
Business Studies N100
Ceramics Design W270
Cinematics & Photography W600
Clothing/Fashion Design W230
Cognitive Modelling G750
Cognitive Psychology C850
Communication Studies P910
Communications P900
Complementary & Alternative Medicine B300
Computer Science G400
Dietetics B410
Digital Circuit Engineering H651
Drama W400
E-Commerce G571
Economics L100
Education and Teacher Training X000
Electronic & Electrical Engineering H600
English Language Q310
English Literature Q320
Environmental Sciences F850
European Business Studies N110
Film Studies P303
Finance N300
Fine Art W100
French Studies R100
German Studies R200
Glass Crafts W770
Graphic Design W210
History by Period V100
Human & Social Geography L700
Human Resources N600
Illustration W220
Imaginative Writing W800
Industrial/Product Design W240
Information Systems G500
Interior Architecture K120
International Business Studies N120
International Marketing N550
International Relations L250
International Tourism n840
Internet Technology G580
Italian Studies R300
Journalism P500
Law M000
Learning Disability Nursing B761
Linguistics Q100
Management Studies N200
Manufacturing Systems Engineering H710
Marketing N500
Maths G100
Mechanical Engineering H300
Media & Communication P000
Media Studies P300
Mental Health Nursing B760
Microbiology C500
Molecular Biology, Biophysics & Biochemistry C700
Multi-Media Computing Science G450
Multimedia Design W212
Music W300
Networks & Communications G420
Office Administration N710
Other Aerospace Engineering courses H490
Other Business Studies courses N190
Other Cinematics & Photography courses W690
Other Computing Science courses G490
Other courses in Academic Studies in Education X390
Other courses in Biology C190
Other courses in Maths G190
Other Design Studies and Creative Arts courses W900
Other Design Studies courses W290
Other Fine Art courses W190
Other Mechanical Engineering courses H390
Other Media Studies courses P390
Other Music courses W390
Other Publishing courses P490
Other Software Engineering courses G690
Paediatric Nursing B730
Paramedical Nursing B780
Pharmaceutical Chemistry F151
Pharmacology B210
Pharmacology, Toxicology & Pharmacy B200
Philosophy V500
Physical Geography F800
Physics F300
Physiology B120
Physiotherapy B160
Psychology C800
Public Relations P210
Radiography, Diagnostic B821
Radiography, therapeutic B822
Social Work L500
Software Engineering G600
Spanish Studies R400
Sports Science C600
Statistics G300
Teaching English As A Foreign Language (TEFL) X162
Telecommunications Engineering H641
Tourism, Transport and Travel N800
Training Teachers - Primary X120
Transport Logistics J960
Types of Music W340
Visual & Audio Effects W614


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    A positive experience!

    Most lecturers go the extra mile to make sure you're getting a good teaching experience! As far as nights out go, the forum is amazing :) Ive also always found the library to be well equipped and maintained!

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