A new academic year is a time for fresh starts, making new friends and a time to gain new skills and try new activities.
Given the current situation, the University of Hertfordshire understands that some students may be feeling anxious about what the start of term will look like. The university is currently working to get their campuses ready, to ensure students feel safe and prepared for their new adventures with Herts.
University of Hertfordshire has achieved the top gold ranking in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2018.
The University of Hertfordshire is located in Hatfield, just 25 minutes north of London by train. Their amazing facilities including a full-scale replica Crown Court, multi-million-pound Science building, in-house flight simulators and £38m entertainment venue.
There are over 800 courses to choose from including undergraduate, postgraduate, continuing professional development, online distance learning and short courses. Whether students dream of studying Psychology, Mathematics, Law, Engineering, Economics, Health courses or more, the university will help students achieve it.
The university is committed to helping students achieve their ambitions. Over 96.5% of graduates are in employment or further education within six months of leaving the university and overall student satisfaction sits at 82% according to the National Student Survey.
“The university is really beautiful and there’s nothing to change about that. My experience was the best till yet, and I’m still looking forward for more”.
“I've really enjoyed it. I've made some great friends and I feel like I'm learning a lot of skills, both due to independence and from the course itself.”
“Brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and liked the lecturers. I felt well supported in my studies and the coursework and lecture content was stimulating”.
The university’s Careers and Employment service is on-hand to help students with anything from writing a standout CV, brushing up on interview skills to starting their own business.
There’s also plenty of help online, through the virtual hub. The team helps guide students through their career decisions, from working out what students want to do, how to secure a job to information on work experience and volunteering opportunities. There is also an ‘Ask a Question’ feature where for students to talk to experts from the comfort of their own home. Careers fairs, workshops and other events (including the award-winning mock assessment centre) are also planned to run virtually across the next year to support students during this time.
Almost all undergraduate programmes at the University of Hertfordshire include a work placement opportunity, and the university has strong links with professional organisations.
“They have many events like fairs, sessions, workshops”
“My course was specifically very industry focused. We took part in live briefs with external clients, this helped build our portfolio from an early start”.
“There are lots of resources online. Employability events are arranged as well as job fairs some that are specific to subjects taught at uni. Lots of personal support is also available”.
There are over 250 undergraduate courses available to study. Modules are designed to teach academic theory, along with the practical skills required for work. Several courses are also available to study part-time or online via distance learning.
Many of the courses offer the option to study abroad for three months, a semester or even a whole year. The university has partnerships with universities around the world in the USA, Canada, Latin America, South Africa, China, Korea and Japan, South East Asia and Australia. This offers students great opportunity to learn about a new culture, expand their global network all whilst improving their language skills! Students also have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement related to their programme of study, meaning graduates can leave with a year of global educational experience and industry practice.
University of Hertfordshire students are taught in lectures, seminars and tutorials and digital resources, which are available via the online student network, StudyNet. Assessment methods vary between courses but could include essays, exams, coursework, group and research projects.
In addition, the university offers several study spaces equipped for silent study or group work. These are available across both campuses, allowing students to study between lectures at ease.
“The tutors and course leader are lovely approachable and professional, they work very hard to give each student the best and most well-rounded experience at uni, and they do an excellent job of delivering that”.
“I have really enjoyed my experience at uni, especially thanks to the events and societies hosted by the SU, careers centre and from having opportunity to study abroad”.
“Tutors and feedback are great. Some tutors are also visiting/external tutors, so they have amazing industry experience that caters for the specific project you're working on”.
Hertfordshire Students’ Union is overseen by 5 full-time and four part-time officers, who each have specific portfolio responsibilities and are trustees of the Students' Union.
They work together to ensure the student voice is heard by the university and local community. The team organise a variety of great activities and social events for students to enjoy.
Students at the university can take part in the award-winning Active Students programme which offers 20+ different sports and activities on campus 7 days a week all for free! It’s a great way of trying something new and making new friends.
In 2019, University of Hertfordshire were Varsity champions for the 8th consecutive year. An annual sporting event held against the University of Bedfordshire up until 2018, and against the University of Derby since then.
When it comes to Netball, the first team currently compete in the BUCS Premier South and made history in 2018-19, as they won the Premier South and also retained their National Championship title.
“I Love our students union so much that I now work for them part-time while studying my post graduate degree. They host so many day and night events to ensure that all students have a good social experience at university. They offer over 100 societies and have Advice and Support services”.
“The variety of different clubs you can join and events is so large it gives everybody a chance at some point to have fun and meet new people”
“The Students' Union has been a crucial part of the Hertfordshire community. It has made university life more interesting, relaxing and most of all a platform for students to air their opinions”.
“Students' Union is very supportive and encourages participation”.
Living on campus is a great way to get the most out of Herts experience and have easy access to all the sporting, studying and social facilities available. There is a range of accommodation types available, both on and off campus, depending on a student’s requirements and budget. In 2017, the College Lane accommodation was awarded ‘Best Student Housing’ at the CUBO awards.
Accommodation is guaranteed for first-year students so long as you apply and accept your offer by the deadlines set. You can preview room types and find current costs on the university website.
Watch the latest video to get a taste of what students can expect at the University of Hertfordshire as they actively prepare for students safe return during and post COVID-19. Students can expect safe and clean accommodation, access to additional facilities and organised campus activities and additional support from resident assistance and the universities support service teams.
“Ideal sized and good quality”
“The university accommodation is amazing. Great room sizes and feels very new. The location is perfect with only a short walk to the Forum and bus station”.
“Just how I would expect a uni room. Love all the people in my flat. No issues moving in and understanding about student finance situations. Warm in my room, lots of storage and mini fridge”.
The university has amazing facilities for students to use throughout their degree, these include one of the largest Clinical Simulation Centres in the UK, multi-million-pound Science building, smart systems laboratory, creative studios and a Law Court building. The university is also home to one of the UK’s best equipped astronomical observatories featuring 7 large optical individually housed telescopes, 4 radio telescopes and a high definition planetarium. This is in addition to the two Learning Resource Centres study spaces.
Sports facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, indoor climbing wall and pitches for football, rugby and hockey. A wide range of professional sportspeople and teams use the Sports facilities as a training base. So, students may find themselves training with Olympic athletes, England Squads or the Arsenal Women’s football team.
There are a number of restaurants, cafés, shops and a bank on campus. Due to COVID-19, some facilities may be affected to fall in line with government guidelines. Keep up to date with their website for the latest information.
“The university has some amazing facilities, with amazing tutors/teachers/technicians working there. They are all friendly and are more than happy to help you”
“Good gym, good eateries and shops”
“The university's facility are among the best. A lot of money has been invested in state of the art libraries and other facilities for their respective study programmes, such as music studios, chemistry labs and law courts. All facilities are modern and in a good condition. A new building will open this year, offering more study space”.
Hatfield is a community that is well connected with transport connections, with London just 20 minutes away on the train. For students wishing to stay close to home, the Galleria outlet shopping centre is a 10-minute walk away from campus. While nearby St Albans is home to a historic cathedral (where graduation takes place), and centres around high street stores, farmers markets and independent bakeries.
The SU also runs a bus service to clubs in the local area and London including The Horn in St Albans – which has a vibrant live music scene.
“University is very good in distance. Shuttle between campuses also makes it easy. I live close to a supermarket too”.
“City is amazing people are very cooperative and good in nature. All the groceries stores are nearby around 0.5 miles from everywhere”.
“It´s quite, but the student Unions always provide us countless events and activities so that we can do, to meet new people and have some fun”.
There are over 100 clubs and societies for students to join offering a great way of trying something new and making friends for life. Herts students can start their own society with the help of the Students’ Union.
Current societies include the Salsa Society, Live Music Society, Baking Society, Vietnamese Society and the Pub Society. Student media includes a radio, TV station and print publication – written, designed and edited by students.
“Incredibly varied. These societies organised lots of trips, tournaments etc. and had a generally good time”.
“Lots of variety and very good gym”.
“A different range of competitive sports such as martial arts, lacrosse, swimming and ball sports is offered. Students can join for fitness purposes too. Competitions are held regularly against other universities”.
The university offers a number of services to ensure that students are as stress–free as possible. The Student Wellbeing team delivers a range of professional, specialist services to support students with emotional, mental health, disability and health related issues. The counselling service provides individual and group sessions, as well as workshops and an online peer support group.
There is also a team to support you with your finances, childcare on offer for those with children under the age of 5, and a disability centre that offers specialist mentoring and tuition. Other services include a multi-faith Chaplaincy, the Campus pharmacy and The Student Support Centre, which offers advice and support for international students, as well as information on scholarships, bursaries and accommodation.
“Very good, there are many options for extra help and lecturers are quite good at answering emails. on the personal side they have a wellbeing team and an on campus pharmacy”.
“Excellent. Always support when needed”.
“University have a very good personal counselors for the students and if someone asks me to give Marks to the uni out of 10 then I would like to give 10/10”.
The latest information on fees and the funding options available to students is on the university website. There’s also tips on how to manage your finances and save money.
The university website lists the range of scholarships and bursaries the university offers to help alleviate some of the costs of studying.
Some of the universities academic and research strengths include:
Kaspar - a child-sized, socially interactive robot developed by the School of Computer Science which is changing the lives of children with autism around the UK and internationally and was selected to be part of a special Robots exhibition at London’s Science Museum.
EU2P - Hertfordshire is one of six universities working together to deliver EU2P, an online European MSc programme in pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology.
Creative Arts - Graduates from the School of Creative Arts have gone on to work for a wide range of big-name companies, and have won Oscars, BAFTAs and Emmys for their work on blockbusters such as Inception, The Jungle Book and Game of Thrones.
Bold Hearts - the university’s robot football team who reached the Quarterfinal of the 2017 Robocup.
Food Science - the university is in the top 12 for Food science according to the Times and Sunday times league table results.
Herts Law clinic operates in conjunction with leading law firms. The service works to improve access to justice, providing free legal advice to the local community. Students at the university can enjoy several great volunteering opportunities, which provide practical experience to enhance their employability.
The university is also home to the UK’s most successful Formula Student Team of all time. Students can get involved in the design, build and racing of single seater race cars in the UK Formula Student Competition. Since 1997, Herts Racing Team have won countless awards, and have been entered into competitions worldwide with their cutting-edge petrol, electric and hydrogen power cars.
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