University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire is a public research university in Hertfordshire, England.

A model 21st-century university, international business-facing and business-like in its approach. Gained university status in 1992. Post-war technical college (Hatfield), reincarnated as Hatfield College of Technology and Hatfield Polytechnic.

The University of Hertfordshire’s history goes back to 1952
Here are some of the milestones and achievements in over half a century of innovative higher education in Hertfordshire.

KASPARThe KASPAR project receives a £180,000 donation from an international grant making foundation, which will be used to further the University’s research into the use of robotics to support the social development of children with autism.
The announcement is made that the Olympic Flame will pass through the University on the afternoon of Sunday 8 July.
The University officially launches the new Centre for Learning Disability Studies, which aims to prepare, support and sustain the development of the health and social care workforce.
Santander adds the University of Hertfordshire to its Universities network and will generously fund a series of activities over the next three years.
Professor Quintin McKellar replaces Professor Tim Wilson as Vice-Chancellor of the University.
The Hatfield Beacon is restored and repositioned at the new Law School site.
The new Law School building opens, which includes a state-of-the-art replica Crown Court.
Ross Renton replaces David Ball, who has taken retirement, as Dean of Students for the University.
law-buildingUH Racing’s Formula Student team is named the best in Britain at Formula Student 2011.
Named as Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year.
The traditional turning of the sod ceremony takes place at de Havilland Campus to mark the development of the new Law Court Building.
Professor Tim Wilson announces his intention to retire from his position as Vice-Chancellor after over nineteen years at the University.
forumThe Forum opens on College Lane Campus, an 8,000 square metre entertainment venue designed to accommodate the widest possible range of entertainment for students and the community.
The Learning Resource Centre is renamed the Buxton Centre for Learning in honour of former Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Buxton. Prof. Buxton was awarded a Honorary Doctorate at the University 2009 award ceremonies.
Shortlisted for Times Higher Education University of the Year Award.
hydrogencarFormula Student Team win cup for ‘Least Carbon Produced’ for their Hydrogen Car at the Mechanical Engineers Formula Student competition. The car runs completely on renewable fuel and has no carbon dioxide emissions.
The MacLaurin building opens – named after the former Chancellor to support the University’s business facing activities.
School of Film, Music and Media is established.
Saracens Rugby Club relocate their training and administration to the University of Hertfordshire.
HEFCE select the University as one of 5 universities to deliver a unique £4.2m project aimed at driving employer activity.
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School and the School of Pharmacy is established.
Lord Salisbury succeeds Lord MacLaurin as Chancellor of the University.
School of Law launches a pro-bono law clinic offering legal advice to the public and running innovative ‘street law’ projects in the local community.
Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade is awarded to the University, acknowledging its entrepreneurial success.
Automotive Engineering Centre opens on College Lane.
Professor Tim Wilson succeeds Professor Neil Buxton as Vice-Chancellor of the University.
£120m de Havilland campus opens, Hertfordshire Sports Village opens and on College Lane a £4.5m Innovation Centre opens, providing 800 square metres of hi-tech office space for spin-out and start-up companies.
50th Anniversary of the University; 21,695 students now attend the University.
The Key opens: a new multi-faith, multicultural centre.
Work on the de Havilland Campus begins.


•    Hertfordshire Business School
•    Computer Science
•    Creative Arts
•    Education
•    Engineering and Technology
•    Health and Social Work
•    Humanities
•    Law
•    Life and Medical Sciences
•    Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics
•    Hertfordshire Higher Education Consortium

• Students are well served in information technology. The library and resource centre on the College Lane Campus offers 24-hour access to hundreds of computer workstations.
• A second centre on the de Havilland campus provides another 1,100 workstations.
• The virtual learning environment has been a leader in its field, giving all staff and students their own storage space. Students can use it for study, revision or communication, as well as to access university information.
• 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.
• UHArts is an umbrella organisation promoting the arts and maximising the use of the University’s arts venues, performance spaces and galleries for professional arts events.
• A nursery with 80 places for student and staff children.