The University of Hertfordshire is a university in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. The university is based largely in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Its antecedent institution, Hatfield Technical College, was founded in 1948 and was identified as one of 25 Colleges of Technology in the United Kingdom in 1959. In 1992, Hatfield Polytechnic was granted university status by the British government and subsequently renamed University of Hertfordshire.
Hertfordshire’s enrolment has steadily increased since it was awarded university status. With a student community of over 25,130 including more than 5,200 international students that together represent 100 countries, the university has a global network of over 165,000 alumni. The university is one of Hertfordshire’s largest employers with over 2,700 staff, 812 of which are academic members of staff and a turnover of more than £235 million. The university is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities and University Alliance.
The University offers over 800 undergraduate, postgraduate, CPD, online distance learning and short courses in its 11 schools of study, within which there are around 50 academic departments and 24 research centres.
- Hertfordshire Business School
- Computer Science
- Creative Arts
- Engineering and Technology
- Health and Social Work
- Law, Criminology and Political Science
- Life and Medical Sciences
- Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics
- Hertfordshire Higher Education Consortium
The university requires the students to have at least two A levels (or equivalent) to begin an Honours undergraduate degree programme or at least one for a Foundation degree. The entry requirements for undergraduate degrees are given generally in UCAS tariff points.
Most undergraduate courses at the university have their own entry requirements.
To see the specific entry requirements for each degree programme, please use the course search on their website.
More than 50% of their 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.
95.2% of their students are in employment or further study within six months after graduation. (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2013–14).
The university invests significant resources in building partnerships with industry to ensure their students benefit from those relationships.
They have an excellent reputation for learning and teaching, with accreditation by professional bodies for many of their courses.
The prestigious National Teaching Fellowship has been awarded to 14 of their lecturers. It celebrates individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience through individual excellence.
An external review of the University of Hertfordshire in December 2015 found that:
the academic standards of the university’s awards, the quality and enhancement of the learning opportunities, the quality of the information they provide on those learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.
The Careers Employment and Enterprise service (CEE) is the university’s careers service.
The CEE provide workshops and seminars to gain career skills and one-to-one sessions for career advice and mock interviews.
Career Hub, the university’s job portal, allows students to search for jobs, including internships, placements and part-time opportunities. The portal also contains resources for students, such as CV and cover letter guidelines.
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.
The university has a range of long-term partnerships with industry to help support students with placements and experience in key jobs. These include Engineering and Creative Arts.