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The University of Hertfordshire is a “business-like and business-facing” university. Entrepreneurial and enterprising are its favourite words and it aims to have a “revolving door with business”. Whilst that might put you more in mind of comedy mishaps, what the University of Hertfordshire is really getting at is a “true interaction” with businesses, putting business needs at the heart of all their courses.
But enough business speak; let’s have a look at its history. The University of Hertfordshire can trace its roots back to 1952 with the establishment of the Hatfield Technical College. Several mergers and name changes later, it became the University of Hertfordshire in 1992. It now has a whopping 25,000 students, 42% of which are mature students.
The University of Hertfordshire offers courses in around 50 undergraduate subject areas and 40 postgraduate study areas. It has 14 academic schools divided into four faculties: Business; Health and Human Sciences; Humanities, Law and Education; and Science, Technology and Creative Arts.
The University of Hertfordshire’s notable alumni include: footballer and manager Iain Dowie, Prince Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, actor and comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar, politician John Cryer, and various rugby players and sculptors.
The two main campuses of the University of Hertfordshire are located in Hatfield. What can we say about Hatfield? Well, there’s a big factory outlet shopping centre, a cinema and two supermarkets. Hatfield was one of the post-war New Towns built after the war and it was a big centre for the aerospace industry.
Really, the star of the town is the University of Hertfordshire and they’ve pumped a huge amount of money into their facilities to make up for the uninspiring location. The £120 De Havilland Campus and the College Lane campus in Hatfield are home to an impressive sports village, and specialist teaching and learning facilities, such as teaching observatories, a flight simulator, film and media studios, and a mock courtroom.
Each campus has its own learning resource centre. These have study spaces, computer facilities and over 800,000 books. The University of Hertfordshire also has its own theatre and galleries. Student experience is important to the University: it has invested a cool £38 million into constructing The Forum Hertfordshire: a huge entertainment venue with three bars, a restaurant, auditorium and student shop.
If you’re living away from home for the first time, the quality of the student digs are going to be at the top of your priority list. Happily, the University of Hertfordshire has a solid offering of on-campus accommodation. At the De Havilland Campus, there are 11 halls of residence consisting of en-suite rooms arranged into flats. Weekly rent averages around £113.
Unfortunately, there’s no en-suite accommodation at the College Lane Campus. Still, first year students can apply for rooms in six halls of residence or for a room in one of the student houses on Roberts Way.
Of the six halls of residence, five of the halls are older (let’s call them retro) and consist of rooms along corridors sharing kitchen and bathroom facilities. The more modern option is Telford Court. Rooms are arranged into flats but again they aren’t en-suite. Rent for student accommodation on College Lane campus ranges between £69 and £98 a week.
Students can also find private accommodation nearby the campus. Prices are usually between £63 and £100 per week for a room in a shared house.
The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate degrees for UK and EU students range between £7,400 and £8,500 a year. Most nursing and midwifery students will have their fees covered by the NHS.
Eligible students will be able to procure a tuition fee loan from the government to cover the cost of their tuition fees. For more information on the tuition fee rise, check out this article.
The University of Hertfordshire estimates that students will need between £130 and £150 a week to cover day-to-day living expenses, such as accommodation, food, travel etc. Budgets will obviously vary student to student, with some expecting to spend more than that.
As the University of Hertfordshire is just outside London, students avoid some of the steep costs of going to university in central London.
Other than tuition fee loans and maintenance grants, how else can you fund your university education?
Students on particular courses will have access to a range of NHS bursaries. Otherwise the University of Hertfordshire has over 250 National Scholarships on offer. These are for undergraduate students with a household income of £25,000 or less and who live in an area of low participation in higher education. Also eligible are those receiving incapacity benefit or care leavers.
The scholarship amounts to £6,000 worth of support. In their first year, eligible students will get a £1,000 tuition fee discount, £1,000 to go towards accommodation or a laptop, freshers’ pass and clubs and society membership up to £100, a £100 book voucher, £500 voucher to support subsistence and access to a final year mentor. In the following years of their course, students will receive £1,500 worth of support.
In addition, the University of Hertfordshire will be awarding academic based Chancellor’s Diamond Scholarships of £3,000 a year to undergraduates who have a minimum of 400 UCAS points and meet other criteria. There are also High Achievers’ Diamond Scholarships of £2,000 a year for students with 450 UCAS points or above.
Hatfield hasn’t really got much nightlife: a clubbing mecca it ain’t. There are a few pubs and bars and a cinema in the galleria. What Hatfield lacks, the University of Hertfordshire more than makes up for. Not many universities can boast of a £38 million live music and club venue. That’s right, the University is home to the Forum Hertfordshire with its huge auditorium, three bars, club, restaurant and student shop. Previous acts in its 1,500 capacity auditorium have included will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Chase and Status, N-Dubz, Scouting for Girls, Doves and Diversity.
Students might venture to Watford (it has an almighty Oceana) for nightlife or the much nicer St Albans which has a handful of clubs and a number of bars and pubs. If you really feel like splashing out, then you could always plan a hedonistic night in nearby London. In short, aside from on-campus nightlife, you’ll have to travel a bit to go out.
The University of Hertfordshire’s De Haviland Campus has £15 million sports village. This consists of a big climbing wall, cricket hall, exercise studio, gym, sports hall, outdoor pitches, outdoor pitches, two squash courts and a 25 metre, eight lane swimming pool. There are a number of exercise classes to get involved with and plenty of sports clubs and teams.
Alternatively, you can join one of the University of Hertfordshire’s eclectic societies. There’s a whole bunch of them, from international and faith societies, to common interest and subject based ones. They’ve even got a few dance ones too.
Pull up those party socks, the University of Hertfordshire Students’ Union puts on a packed calendar of events during Freshers’ Week to get you mingling with your fellow students and having a rollicking good time. There are a number of themed parties, fairs, meet and greets, comedy and quiz nights. 2011 Freshers’ Week saw gigs from Wheatus and the Noisettes, plenty of club nights, a comedy night, and an almighty Freshers’ Fair.
The Careers Service is there to help you land that first graduate job. They maintain a database of graduate job, work experience opportunities and part-time work. They hold careers events, arrange employer presentations and various workshops to get you networking and working on your employability skills. Students can also get CV, job application and cover letter feedback from experience careers advisers and have access to an extensive range of careers resources.