Sprawled across 200 hectares comprising of four campuses (College Lane, De Havilland, Bayfordbury Campus, and Meridian House), the University of Hertfordshire is Great Britain’s premier business-facing university.
Formerly known as Hatfield College of Technology, the University of Hertfordshire was granted university status in 1992. With over 25,130 students including more than 5,200 international students that together represent 100 countries, Hertfordshire has a global network of over 210,000 alumni.
The University of Hertfordshire claims an innovative approach to teaching and a wide variety of work placements and overseas study that appeal to employers. The university is one of Hertfordshire’s largest employers with over 2,700 staff, 812 of which are academic members of staff and has a turnover of more than £235 million.
The university has 11 schools: Hertfordshire Business School, Computer Science, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering and Technology, Health and Social Work, Humanities (which oversees its CATS programme), Hertfordshire Law School, Life and Medical Sciences, Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics and Hertfordshire Higher Education Consortium.
The university’s School of Pharmacy is granted full Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain accreditation. The university has also received recognition for its research – it’s one of only a few UK HEIs to have been awarded a ‘European Commission HR Excellence in Research’ badge.
The University of Hertfordshire offers different programmes under preparatory courses, undergraduate courses, postgraduate courses, research degrees, foundation degrees, short courses and degree apprenticeships.
- 88th in the Times University Guide 2020
- 92nd in the Guardian University Guide 2020
The University of Hertfordshire continues to be one of the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old and is currently 71st in post 1964 UK universities.
In the latest Research Excellence Framework, 90% of submitted research was judged to be of international quality, while History was rated first in the UK in terms of impact. 57% of Hertfordshire submitted research was judged to be of world-leading and internationally excellent quality across all 12 units.
The International Student Support Team is fully trained to help with employment, visas, financial and personal matters. Free in-sessional English lessons are available for all international students and are tailored to be relevant to the course of study.
Pre-sessional English courses are also available. Before term starts, the University runs a free airport collection service from Heathrow. With lots of outdoor space and sports facilities, the university has plenty to offer. With a strong ecological focus, the university is dedicated to protecting the environment, which has been recognised with first class awards in the People & Planet Green League every year since its inception in 2007.
The university also attracts Harry Potter fans as it offers tours to ‘Muggles’ of the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden where filming took place. Hertfordshire students, via the university’s film and media courses, also worked on the special effects for Harry Potter, as well as films including Clash of the Titans 2, X Men and Captain America.
The university boasts impressive alumni, including Helen Lederer – writer/comedian; Alyssa Smith jewellery designer; Owen Farrell – Rugby Player; Lisa Lazarus – Model and Actress; Sanjeev Bhaskar Comedian.
(The author is the Founder & CEO of IMFS)