1961 - 1980
- Lord Todd, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, is appointed Polytechnic Visitor.
- Over 10% of the 4,000 students are from more than 40 different countries .
- Students’ Union social centre opens.
- Wall Hall and Balls Park teacher training colleges merge to become Hertfordshire College of Higher Education.
- Hatfield Polytechnic takes over Balls Park.
- Charles Percy Snow, Baron Snow of the City of Leicester, is appointed visitor.
- An observatory is added to the Bayfordbury Campus.
- W. A. Hill is appointed board of Governors.
- Hatfield College of Technology is redesignated Hatfield Polytechnic.
- L. E. Haines is appointed Chair of Governors, but dies shortly after appointment and is replaced by F. Bramston Austin.
- Bayfordbury is acquired for the college.
- Sir Norman Lindop joins as Principal of the College of Technology.
- The council for National Academic Awards is formed to replace the NCTA.
- Hatfield is recognised for 13 Honours Degree courses.
- The Governors pave the way for a computer science degree with the purchase of a digital computer at a cost of £29,201.
- Nine years after opening it becomes one of 25 regional colleges in England and Wales.