About the University of Hertfordshire

With heritage in Britain’s pioneering aeronautical industry, the University of Hertfordshire has been an innovative force in education since the early 1950s. Today, we host a thriving community of more than 30,000 students, studying 550-degree options at our vibrant, inclusive, campus-based institution. Our strong relationships with industry and award-winning careers services complement high-quality teaching to ensure Herts' students gain the knowledge and skills they need to match their ambition and succeed.

Our academics are experts in their fields, powered by curiosity and driven to deliver research that’s making a meaningful social and environmental impact in the UK and beyond our shores.

Since the last REF (Research Excellence Framework) delivered in 2014, the University of Hertfordshire has moved up the research excellence rankings by 21 places to position 62 of 129 institutions. Over three quarters (78%) of our research has been ranked as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

In addition to our excellent overall performance, we have risen 61 places to position 32 in the ranking for research impact, a greater rise than any other university. This means that the impact of our research exceeds that of any post-92 university, and is within the top 25% of all universities. 90% of our research has been classified as having ‘outstanding’ (4*) or ‘very considerable’ (3*) impact.

And we're proud that Herts has jumped 12 places in the 2023 Complete University Guide league table, now seated at 68th in the country. This is the third highest rise in the East of England this year.

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Social Mobility
We're ranked 16th in England for social mobility impact (IFS, 2021)

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Enterprising Ethos
We're one of only 20 universities awarded Enterprise Zone status

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Research Excellence
We're ranked 4th globally for research culture (PRES, 2019)

The University of Hertfordshire has been an anchor institution for the regional economy and community since its beginning. Through its all-campus incubator ethos and status as an Enterprise Zone, the University gives hundreds of local businesses the support and facilities they need to learn and grow each year.

We partner with institutions around the world, and welcome over 10,000 international students from over 140 countries to our UK campus. Our UK-based students are encouraged to take the opportunity to study abroad at one of over 170 universities worldwide.

We support our students, staff and regional businesses alike to consistently reach their full potential. Our people dream big. They stand out and deliver, making a positive impact on their communities – local, national, and across the globe.

Quintin McKellar CBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire

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