Impact of research

The University of Hertfordshire has long been recognised for original, high-quality research, with applied research being a particular strength. Today, our research community is committed to finding inspiring and sustainable solutions to fundamental social, economic and environmental problems.

Climate change, energy, engineering, healthcare, science and technology are just some areas where we are breaking new ground for the benefit of people in the UK and across the globe. In moving forward this ambitious agenda we engage with other academic institutions, business and industry, public and third sector organisations. Our research culture, which is defined by a strong spirit of enquiry, innovation and enterprise, also feeds into teaching and learning to enrich our students’ experience.

Take a look at the case studies below to find out how the University is making a tangible difference in society through our business-like approach to generating ideas and sharing our knowledge and expertise.

Research case studies

Impact of research in Agriculture and Food Science

Agriculture and
Food Science

Farmers across the UK and Europe are looking to the University of Hertfordshire for advice on agricultural policy...

Impact of research in agriculture and food science
Impact of research in Business and Management

Business and

Research at the Hertfordshire Business School helps shape international policy...

Impact of research in business and management
Impact of research in Computer Science

Computer Science

Boundaries of computer science are pushed by researchers developing advanced techniques...

Impact of research in computer science
Impact of research in Creative Arts

Creative Arts

With impact in the areas of video and performance art, public sculpture, applied arts, design and media history...

Impact of research in creative arts
Impact of research in Engineering


From microfluidics and microengineering to sustainable energy technologies and aerospace engineering - our research is far reaching...

Impact of research in engineering
Impact of research in English literature and Language

English Literature
and Language

Our wide range of activities have a strong public-facing, community-based agenda which contributes to the high standing of research...

Impact of research in english literature and language
Impact of research in History


Our broad ranging History research has shown impact in both academic circles and communities around the world...

Impact of research in history
Impact of research in Nursing and Allied Health Care

Nursing and
Allied Health Care

Research impacts are of direct and applied relevance to the Allied Health professions with practitioners working in a variety of environments...

Impact of research in nursing and allied health care
Impact of research in Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Pharmacy and Pharmacology

With direct impact on optimisation of drug efficacy, safety, toxicity risk mitigation and the understanding of pathological processes...

Impact of research in pharmacy and pharmacology
Impact of research in Philosophy


Our Philosophy research has made genuine impact internationally...

Impact of research in philosophy
Impact of research in Physics and Astronomy

Physics and

The research findings on a broad range of key questions in physics and astronomy have far reaching impact...

Impact of research in physics and astronomy
Impact of research in Psychology


From changes in behaviour and gestures in communication to dance psychology and cognitive neuropsychology, our research has great impact...

Impact of research in psychology