University of Hertfordshire | World renowned university

An outstanding place to study 

With its heritage in Britain’s pioneering aeronautical industry, the University of Hertfordshire has been an innovative force in education since the early 1950s. Set across two vibrant and inclusive campuses in Hatfield, the University boasts a thriving community of over 25,000 students studying more than 550 flexible undergraduate, postgraduate, and research degrees. 

Globally, the University partners with institutions in countries all over the world and is home to 4,000 international students representing over 100 countries. The University has more than 6,000 students taking courses outside the UK through international partnerships and franchise arrangements, and has over 2,600 staff members and a global network of over 270,000 alumni.  

Innovative and enterprising, the University focuses on transforming lives and is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. Over 50% of their students are female and more than 52% are Black and Minority Ethnic, with a significant number of students being the first in their family to go to University. 

The University is home to eight academic Schools of Study, each of which is led by one of their experienced Academic Deans. The Deans and their Associate Deans have both research and industry experience, providing each of the School’s leadership teams with the knowledge and skills that their students need to achieve high quality graduate jobs across a breadth of industry sectors. 

These Schools of Study include the Hertfordshire Business School, Hertfordshire Law School, School of Creative Arts, School of Education, School of Health and Social Work, School of Humanities, School of Life and Medical Sciences, and School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science. 

Approach to learning

The University of Hertfordshire’s academics are experts in their field and many are focused on researching solutions to the grand challenges of our time. From developing a humanoid robot that can support children with autism, to using a pioneering laser facility to deliver critical insights into climate change, staff drive forward and deliver cutting-edge research. The University received a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for their excellent student outcomes, outstanding tutor support, professional accreditations, and investment in facilities and resources.

Excellent teaching and support can be expected at the University alongside access to a wide range of on-campus wellbeing support, award-winning careers services, and online learning materials. The goal is to provide their students with a unique on-campus community experience, which puts their health and wellbeing first.  

Normally, the University is primarily campus-based and places an emphasis on face-to-face teaching. However, following national safety guidelines, they have rolled out the latest technologies to deliver rich and high-quality teaching through guided-learning and live, interactive sessions to offer the best possible student experience during these ever-changing times. 

The University is committed to providing their students with the skills, knowledge, experiences, and support they need to launch their rewarding careers. With over 80% of their courses accredited by professional bodies and strong relationships with numerous industries, the University’s graduate employment rates are consistently outstanding, at over 96%. 

Core values

The University is friendly, ambitious, collegiate, enterprising, and student-focused.

The University provides opportunities to attract, retain, and develop people. Passionate about building a diverse and inclusive community, they respond with flexibility to the challenges of the changing world. Their values underpin everything they do and are an integral part of their strategic plan to support a diverse range of students, staff, businesses, researchers, and members of the community to drive their potential and power them to succeed. 

Strategic Plan 

The University’s strategic plan for 2020 – 2025 was launched at the start of 2020, with a vision to transform lives and open up horizons. It reflects on the ambitions and inspiration that is central to the University and is built on the belief that whatever a student’s background, wherever they are from, the University will drive their potential, powering them to succeed. 

The University’s new strategy will enable its students to power their potential and help them achieve their goals by offering opportunity, building community, and embracing flexibility. 

Pillars of activity

These are the key areas in which the University operates, and its strategy is embedded in each, enabling the University to achieve its vision:

• People: The University fosters a supportive and friendly environment to support both staff and students to transform lives by providing opportunities to attract, retain and develop individuals, building a diverse and inclusive community, and responding with flexibility to the challenges of the changing world.
• Education and student experience: The University delivers high-quality and distinctive education that transforms lives.
• Research: The University carries out research that transforms lives, addressing fundamental global and societal challenges.
• Global engagement: The University is globally engaged.
• Enterprise: The University creates transformative benefits for the economy and their communities through world-class expertise in business, innovation, and skills.

Working with our local communities

The University of Hertfordshire has been an anchor institution for the regional economy and community since its beginning. Through its all-campus incubator ethos and status as an Enterprise Zone, the University gives hundreds of local businesses the support and facilities they need to learn and grow each year to think bigger, stand out, and positively impact local, national and international communities. 

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