The Collection

Trust in the future team
Trust in the Future team:

A team of four researchers from the Hertfordshire Business School at the University of Hertfordshire provides an organizational and social perspective of the role of trust with innovative information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Two female students walking outside in sunshine
Hertfordshire Students' Union

Earlier this year we, the Students’ Union, asked Herts students how the pandemic was impacting their studies and wellbeing.

Nick Reed
David Winter and Nick Reed

This blog is based on an article we wrote that sought to show how the COVID-19 pandemic can be construed in very different ways and the different reasons for these.

Surya Maruthupandian
Surya Maruthupandian

his is a short poem on how life feels when we never let go of past or if we keep living hidden in our memories. And what we feel when we finally let go.

Jane Turner
Jane Turner

An article by Prof Jim Al-Khalili in the Guardian in April about the importance of scientific literacy prompted this resource for teachers to use to stimulate and support conversations in primary school classrooms to help children to make sense of the experience of living through a pandemic.

Elizabeth Babafemi
Elizabeth Babafemi

The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming our society. Human Resources will also be changed. It must manage, among other challenges, the increase in remote and teleworking.

Dominik Brotherton
Dominik Brotherton

A poem in 4 parts, addressing different aspects of the corona virus in the early stages of lockdown.

Rob Godman
Rob Godman

Towards the end of March 2020, at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK, I put out a call via social media for solo 'performances' of an extract from Bizet's L'Arlesienne.

Chloe Haden
Chloe Haden

A short article exploring the challenges posed to Article 8 stemming from the executive's response to the pandemic, and a consideration to the future impact on privacy.

Ornella Corazza
Dr Ornella Corazza

The current coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is posing new critical challenges on mental health, especially among the most vulnerable, due to (a)  widespread social alarm, with overall increase of anxiety states, somatic concerns and mood sensitivity; (b) long lasting‚ physical distancing‚ as a result of public health protection measures or voluntary conduct.

Daksha Trivedi
Dr Daksha Trivedi

Dr Daksha Trivedi from the University of Hertfordshire highlights the need to adapt to a COVID-19 changed world. She uses the READY Trial to show how her team have adapted their research plan to evaluate exercise for improving the wellbeing of young people‚ and mental health.

Kerri Vasillou
Kerri Vasiliou

Throughout the last months, I have been lucky enough to continue with my photography practise. During August and September, I had the opportunity to shoot at a variety of local businesses located in North London.Doing these photoshoots during this uncertain time has made me realise how important it is to help each other succeed in business and life in general.

Helen Clarke and Bethanie Willis

Creative Arts presents Helen Clarke and Bethanie Willis, the curators and organisers of this piece.

EDI team
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team

Since the start of the pandemic the University has been working tirelessly to ensure that our staff and students were supported. We in the equality office understood that the pandemic not only had an impact on the way in which we worked but also has brought inequalities to the forefront.

Alana Jelinek

Dr Alana Jelinek draws on her teaching of BA Fine Art and her research as an artist into the role and value of art in society to discuss creativity and metaphor, drawing out themes from her forthcoming publication, 'Between Discipline and a Hard Place: the Role of Contemporary Art' (Bloomsbury 2020).

Bim Afolami MP

Bim Afolami’s conversation with Julie Newlan, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University, explores the future of the community and how the upward trajectory can best be supported when life becomes more normal.

Daisy Cooper MP

Daisy explores the nature of work and how it might change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson, Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire discusses her study into how COVID-19 and the lockdown is changing the way people eat and shop for food in the East of England.

Daniel Grey

Historian and researcher Daniel Grey looks at how India has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and what a future India might look like.

John and Frances Sorrell

Frances and John Sorrell talk about their creativity work over the years with young people, that lead to the creation of the Sorrell Foundation and the Saturday Club.

Hannah Higham

Dr Hannah Higham reflects on the origins of the sculpture, Moore’s own circumstances, and what his work during this ‘transitional age’ might teach us as we face the uncertain times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harriet Riddell

Harriet Riddell talks about her unique artistic practice using a sewing machine and a bicycle. She recalls the journeys it has taken her on and the people she has met along the way. The artist also explains how she has responded to making art during the pandemic.

Joanne McDowell

Principal Lecturer Dr Joanne McDowell shares her thoughts on the need to degender jobs, as a response to the pandemic.

Grae J. Wall

Grae performs three of his poems around the theme of ‘A New Normal’

Lorna Gibb

The readings for the Festival of Ideas come from Childless Voices and illustrate three different experiences of global childlessness, framed within the context of how the pain and difficulty of the involuntary childless experience may be overlooked and forgotten during a pandemic.

Lord David Willetts

Lord David Willetts, Chair of the Resolution Foundation, wrote The Pinch in 2010, arguing that the economic prospects for young people were not nearly as good as for earlier generations. Updated last year, he discusses the ideas from his book with Professor Quintin McKellar, and what this might tell us about the economic prospects for young people today.

Owen Davies

Owen Davies, a Professor of Social History in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, explores the epidemics of past and present through a unique lens of fear and folklore.

Mohammed Ilyas

Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Hertfordshire, Mohammed Ilyas shares his thoughts on how to be an ally.

Dr Phil Porter

Dr Phil Porter, an experienced glacier scientist, discusses the impact the pandemic has had on climate change and how this could shape the future of our environment.

Professor Quintin McKellar CBE

Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire looks at how the food we eat may change in the future.

Professor Damian Ward

Dean of Hertfordshire Business School, Professor Damian Ward shares his thoughts on the shape of our economy post the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Richard Wiseman

Can You Save the World? Professor Richard Wiseman introduces his new online video game that teaches the importance of social distancing and the vital part it plays in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Theresa Lola
Theresa Lola

Award winning poet Theresa Lola reads some of her pieces that relate to coping with today’s anxieties.

Josh Gaddes
Josh Gaddes aka Afari

Afari's contribution is full of personal songs that he wrote at different times at university reflecting his challenges, highs and lows and the different seasons of life. It has a combination of chill vibes, sad vibes, as well as a more energetic track, and powerful lyricism with messages that others may relate with and find hope in difficult times.

Dr Lindsey German
Dr Lindsey German

This is a short chapter for a book on social work and the corona crisis. It covers women's particular issues as a result of the crisis, including childcare and their role in social reproduction.

Ignasi Torrent
Ignasi Torrent

This revealing beyond-the-human entanglement calls into question the anthropocentric character of modernity and retrieves an appropriate sense of modesty to reimagine liveable, durable worldly alliances.

Dr Sam George
Dr Sam George

Dr Sam George is an Associate Professor of Research working in the area of gothic studies and literature and folklore. This article interrogates Corona Gothic via Amabie, a Yōkai and mer-monster from Japan's Edo Period (1603-1868), who is being revived to ward off the COVID-19 virus in 2020.

Matthew Weait
Professor Matthew Weait

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Matthew Weait reads one of his short stories, the days he had seen, which was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2009.

Vean Ima
Vean Ima

Vean recites her Ally Anthem, written in response to George Floyd’s death alongside poetry for black women and white women allies, demonstrating poetry as both a tool for activism and a tool for peace.

Joanna Czutowna
Joanna Czutkowna

Joanna Czutkowna discusses why right now is one of the best times in history to bring about a more sustainable future. It’s time to rewrite the rule book.

Claudia Carr
Claudia Carr

A consideration of allocation of NHS resources in medical law in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barbara Brownie and Nicola de Main
Barbara Brownie and Nicola de Main

What might you wear on a trip to Space? De Main and Brownie will discuss some of the concerns that designers will need to consider when creating garments for microgravity, and the need to revisit and rethink fashion and design practices that have been taken for granted in Earth gravity.

Shaun Borstock and Catherine Scorey
Catherine Scorey Jobling and Shaun Borstrock

The global shutdown has resulted in the consumer rethinking their shopping habits, wants and needs. There is however still the need to sell, and to buy. Catherine Scorey Jobling, Chief Operating Office at All Saints discusses the future of fashion and retail in conversation with Dr Shaun Borstrock.

Mike Newell and Howard Berry
Mike Newell and Howard Berry

In this interview with Howard Berry, Mike Newell discusses the need for film and television during the lockdown and examines the future impacts on film and television production in a world of social distancing.

Eureka Henrich
Dr Eureka Henri

Just before the UK locked down in March 2020, the University's Oral History Team decided to start a very different kind of history project. Student, staff and community members began recording their own audio diaries, aware that this was a moment in history that needed to be captured.

Jonathan Beale
Jonathan Beale

This op ed argues that spreading misinformation during a crisis is highly dangerous. It does so by drawing attention to the panic-induced dangers brought about by the misinformation Donald Trump has spread about potential treatments for the coronavirus, through discussion of ideas in The Plague, by Albert Camus.

Jon Berry
Dr Jon Berry

'A provocative blogpost, designed to elicit comment and argument about the nature and purpose of education in a post-COVID world

Loren Aliu
Loren Aliu

A short article detailing the effect of the pandemic on the judiciary, and how the criminal justice system can be improved post COVID-19.

Helen McCarthy
Dr Helen McCarthy

Dr Helen McCarthy, Reader in Modern and Contemporary History shares her thoughts on working mothers through history.