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- Olivia de Havilland, cousin to Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, visits the University to mark the inauguration of a project to build a new campus to be named after Sir Geoffrey.
- Sir Ian MacLaurin is appointed Chancellor of the University.
- Jim McGown becomes Chair of Governors.
- The Law School moves to St Albans.
- The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban becomes the setting for the University’s graduation ceremonies.
- League tables are published for the first time and Hertfordshire is named the top New University.
- UH Arts launches.
- Hertfordshire College of Health Care and Nursing Studies and the Barnet College of Nursing and Midwifery merge with the University.
- Hatfield Polytechnic becomes the University of Hertfordshire.
- Sir Brian Corby becomes the University’s first Chancellor.
- Dr Mary Archer is appointed visitor.
- UniversityBus goes public, making the University the first to run its own bus company.
- The Fielder Centre, a conference centre built for business opens. Named after Jack Fielder who became a Governor of Hatfield Polytechnic in 1981 and played a major role in the smooth development from polytechnic to the University of Hertfordshire.
- Following Prime Minister John Major’s announcement that polytechnics will be abolished, Hatfield announces its intention to apply for University status.
- The St Albans-based Hertfordshire College of Art and Design merges with the Polytechnic.