Research management and strategy

Welcome to Research at the University of Hertfordshire

Excellent research enriching the student experience

Professpr John SeniorWe have a strong commitment to excellence in diverse research that has a powerful impact on the wider world. It is central to the mission of the University and the experience of all students is enhanced through exposure to the extensive range of research and scholarship undertaken by our enthusiastic and competent staff.

The outcome of the 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) demonstrated that an impressive 11% of our research was world-leading with over 85% being of international quality.  

Research impact on business and society  

Our research addresses important aspects of the major issues facing both business and society. It has been transformational, changing processes and lives, making a real impact on the world we live in. This includes the potential to save lives by protecting the people most at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres and also making available the detailed case histories of a world famous court through the Old Bailey Online

The University takes its role in the community very seriously. To support the development of our vital public engagement work, we have signed the manifesto of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).

Research institutes and partnerships

All our research takes place within three dedicated research institutes spanning linked disciplines across the breadth of the University activities. These broad-based research institutes are:

Health and Human Sciences

Science and Technology

Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

They incorporate research centres, research themes and research groups bringing together a blend of research-focused staff facilitating both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, while enabling the development and nurturing of research partnerships with other universities, industry, business and public/charity sector organisations.

These partnerships are drawn from across the globe as well as in the UK, together with the local region which underlines the importance of our research role in the community.   

Professor John Senior, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and International)

The University is committed to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the Vitae Researcher Development Framework and holds the HR Excellence in Research Award.