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The University of Hertfordshire is a university based largely in Hatfieldmarker, in the county of Hertfordshiremarker, Englandmarker, from which the university takes its name. It is home to HIBT, an on campus pathway provider to the University. It has more than 23,000 students.


In 1951, the de Havilland company gave land in Hatfieldmarker adjoining the A1marker 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.
  • de Havilland Campus, also a Saracens training ground
  • St Albansmarker 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 (LRC), 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.

The 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 Albansmarker, near to the law courts. There were formerly campuses in Watfordmarker (Wall Hall) and Hertfordmarker (Balls Park), but these were closed when the de Havilland campus opened. A fourth site in Bayfordburymarker houses the university's observatory and the biology plus geography field stations. The University has particular research strengths in History, Engineering, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Astrophysics, Philosophy, Nursing/Healthcare and Paramedic Science.

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 Zoomarker. A new student social space, 'The Forum', which will offer an entertainment venue, bars, shops and cafés, is due to open in September 2009.

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


The Sports Centre, De Havilland Campus

The College Lane Learning Resource Centre

The Learning Resource Centre, De Havilland Campus

Accommodation on the College Lane Campus

The Halls of Residence, De Havilland Campus

UH Racing's car in the class 1-200 event FSUK 2006

UH Racing, Victorious Silverstone 2007

Hertfordshire was described as "the flagship of the former polys" by the Independent in 2002. 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:

(Schools of Study)

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, 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 Service. The 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.


Of the 2010 league tables published so far the University of Hertfordshire was ranked 66th overall in The Times Good University Guide, which is a 13 place rise from the previous year. 45th overall by the Independent, which is a 9 place rise from the previous year and 97th by The Guardian, which is a 3 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 Universitymarker'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).

Professional accreditation

  1. The Royal Aeronautical Society
  2. The British Computer Society
  3. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  4. The Engineering Council
  5. The Institution of Electrical Engineers
  6. The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
  7. The College of Radiographers
  8. The Health Professions Council
  9. The General Social Care Council
  10. The Nursing and Midwifery Council
  11. The British Psychological Society
  12. The Institute of Health Care Development
  13. The Law Society
  14. The Institute of Biomedical Science
  15. The Society of Sports Therapists
  16. The Arts Therapists Board
  17. The CFA Institute
  18. The Chartered Institute of Marketing
  19. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  20. The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
  21. The British Wittgenstein Society
  22. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

University symbols

Academic dress

The University of Hertfordshire prescribes academic dress for its membersChristianson and Piggott, Academic Dress in the University of Hertfordshire, ISBN 1-898543-01-1. Both dress and undress are prescribed, though only dress is used in practice - for example, at the graduation ceremonies, held in St Alban's cathedralmarker.

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 Districtmarker, 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 Hertfordshiremarker. 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.

See also


  1. HIBT link between HIBT and HU.
  6. Award for Industry
  7. The Blended Learning Unit
  8. Fair Trade News
  15. Martyn Pugh , Furniture - at Commission a Craftsman

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