2001 - 2010



  • Named as Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year.
  • The traditional turning of the sod ceremony takes place at de Havilland Campus to mark the development of the new Law Court Building.
  • Professor Tim Wilson announces his intention to retire from his position as Vice-Chancellor after over nineteen years at the University. 


  • forumThe Forum opens on College Lane Campus, an 8,000 square metre entertainment venue designed to accommodate the widest possible range of entertainment for students and the community.
  • The Learning Resource Centre is renamed the Buxton Centre for Learning in honour of former Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Buxton. Prof. Buxton was awarded a Honorary Doctorate at the University 2009 award ceremonies.


  • Shortlisted for Times Higher Education University of the Year Award.
  • hydrogencarFormula Student Team win cup for 'Least Carbon Produced' for their Hydrogen Car at the Mechanical Engineers Formula Student competition. The car runs completely on renewable fuel and has no carbon dioxide emissions.


  • The MacLaurin building opens – named after the former Chancellor to support the University's business facing activities. 




  • HEFCE select the University as one of 5 universities to deliver a unique £4.2m project aimed at driving employer activity.
  • Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School and the School of Pharmacy is established.
  • Lord Salisbury succeeds Lord MacLaurin as Chancellor of the University.
  • School of Law, Criminology and Political Science launches a pro-bono law clinic offering legal advice to the public and running innovative 'street law' projects in the local community.


  • Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade is awarded to the University, acknowledging its entrepreneurial success.
  • Automotive Engineering Centre opens on College Lane.


  • Professor Tim Wilson succeeds Professor Neil Buxton as Vice-Chancellor of the University.
  • £120m de Havilland campus opens, Hertfordshire Sports Village opens and on College Lane a £4.5m Innovation Centre opens, providing 800 square metres of hi-tech office space for spin-out and start-up companies. 


  • 50th Anniversary of the University; 21,695 students now attend the University.


  • The Key opens: a new multi-faith, multicultural centre.
  • Work on the de Havilland Campus begins.