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. Over the past two years it has risen an impressive 75 places in the rankings. Hertfordshire is also ranked in the top two universities in the east of England region for employability, second only to Cambridge. Being one of the most technologically advanced institutions in Europe, Hertfordshire’s enrolment has steadily increased since it was awarded university status. With a student community of over 25,130 including more than 5,200 international students that together represent 100 countries, the university has a global network of over 165,000 alumni. The university is one of Hertfordshire’s largest employers with over 2,700 staff, 812 of which are academic members of staff and a turnover of more than £235 million. The university is a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities and University Alliance.