University of Hertfordshire

University of Hertfordshire

The University Of Hertfordshire Has Been Shortlisted In The Most Improved Student Experience Category At This Year’s Times Higher Education Awards.

The University of Hertfordshire is a university in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. The university is based largely in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Its antecedent institution, Hatfield Technical College, was founded in 1948 and was identified as one of 25 Colleges of Technology in the United Kingdom in 1959. In 1992, Hatfield Polytechnic was granted university status by the British government and subsequently renamed University of Hertfordshire.

The university was among the top 50 best UK universities chosen by major employers for producing ready-to-work graduates in Times Higher Education’s 2015 ranking and it is one of only a few UK HEIs to have been awarded a European Commission HR Excellence in Research badge.


University Details

Motto Quaere scientiam tota vita
Motto in English
Seek Knowledge Throughout Life
Type Public
Established 1952
Endowment £2.62 m (2015)
Chancellor The Marquess of Salisbury
Vice-Chancellor Quintin McKellar
Students 24,655 (2015/16)
Undergraduates 19,010 (2015/16)
Postgraduates 5,645 (2015/16)
Location Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Campus 199.79 hectares, Urban
Affiliations Association of Commonwealth Universities
University Alliance


The original campus for the University was at Roe Green in Hatfield, where it was founded as a technical college. The Gape family of St Michael’s Manor in St Albans owned the land at Roe Green from the late 17th century. In the 1920s they sold it to Hill, a farmer, who then sold it to Alan Butler, chairman of the de Havilland Aircraft Company who lived at Beech Farm nearby. In 1944 he donated 90 acres (36 hectares) of land at Roe Green to be used for educational purposes. In 1948 building commenced. The first principal W.A.J Chapman started on 1 January 1949 and in spring 1952 the 33 full-time and 66 part-time teachers were appointed. Hatfield Technical College opened with 1,738 students in September 1952 and in December officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh. It was the first large technical college to be established in England after the war. Students attended the college on part-time or full-time courses.

In 1958 it was renamed Hatfield College of Technology and by 1960 offered four-year sandwich diplomas in technology. In 1961 it was designated a regional college in England and Wales by the Ministry of Education. The governors purchased a digital computer at a cost of £29,201 in 1962 so that a computer science degree could be established. The Council for National Academic Awards was formed in 1965 and Hatfield College was recognised for 13 honours degree courses.

Word Rankings

QS 66
THE 60
Times/Sunday Times 89(national)
The Guardian 102(national)

University of Hertfordshire ranks 501–600 among world universities by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015. In another university ranking published by Times Higher Education (THE 100 Under 50 universities 2015), a global ranking of the top 100 world universities under 50 years old, University of Hertfordshire was placed 71st.

In another league table released by Times Higher Education in January 2015, Hertfordshire ranks 84th in the top 100 most international universities in the world. The rankings are based on excellence across teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

More about university

  • £10m Law Court building that has been voted the eighth most impressive law school building in the world.
  • £50m state-of-the-art Science building.
  • £250,000 auto-mobile simulator and four-post vehicle dynamic rig.
  • In-house commercial flight simulators where you can fly a variety of aircraft including those you design yourself!
  • £200,000 Smart Systems laboratory fully equipped for designing solutions to modern-day technological challenges.
  • The largest Clinical Simulation Centre in the UK.
  • Dedicated Dietetics and Nutrition laboratory.
  • Modern Psychology Observation suites equipped with the latest technology and software.
  • Bayfordbury Observatory for astronomy and astrophysics which is regarded as one of the finest astronomical teaching observatories in the country.

Available Transfer Pathways:

Engineering Programmes (2+1 Pathways)

  • BSc. (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • BSc. (Hons) Electronic Engineering and Mechatronics
  • BSc. (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Computing Programmes (2+1 Pathways)

  • BSc. (Hons) Information Technology
  • BSc. (Hons) Computer Science

Business Programmes (2+1 Pathways)

  • BA (Hons) Business Administration