“When I went for an open day the students and staff were all really helpful, positive and cheery. The accommodation and buildings were super, and I love how modern it all is!” –Human Resource Management student
Campus based university
We’ve invested heavily in our campuses so that we can offer you the best possible environment to study. Our two modern campuses, de Havilland and College Lane, are just a 5 minute drive apart and are home to amazing facilities and award winning accommodation. The £50m science building on College Lane opened in September 2016 and provides world class laboratories for teaching and research. The £10m Law Building on de Havilland offers spectacular facilities, including a full-scale mock courtroom. We are continuing to invest in and transform our campuses through the 2020 estates vision.
Our green campuses have a vibrant community spirit and are modern, self-contained and inspiring places to learn. Everything you need is on campus including a bank, pharmacy and shop, however when you need a break from studying, the cinema and shopping centre are just a short walk away. Nearby Hatfield and St Albans have loads to offer, and London is less than half an hour away.
Excellent teaching and research
The University’s teaching has a reputation for excellence, and is underpinned by research of the highest quality. More than 55% of our research has been rated ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ in the Government’s 2014 Research Excellent Framework. We have also been awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 in recognition of providing outstanding outcomes for our students.
Careers, employability and partnerships
Our courses are informed by our relationships with business and industry. They are therefore shaped to give you the transferable skills to enable you to make an effective and lifelong contribution to your chosen field. More than 96% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating.
Work placements and study abroad
Many of our courses offer the opportunity for a work placement or to study abroad. These are opportunities to put into practice what you are learning, to build valuable contacts, and to broaden your skills. And it makes a great impression on future employers!
We offer a number of degree apprenticeship programmes that have been created by employers. They are a great way to study whilst gaining invaluable on the job experience. The programmes are taught through a combination of classroom, online and work-based activities.
The University scored highly compared to other universities across the region in the National Student Survey 2017, with an ‘Overall Satisfaction’ rating of 83%. A number of courses scored particularly well, including Tourism Management, Illustration, History, Digital Technology, Dietetics and Bioscience which all received a satisfaction rating of 100%.