The Collection

Christiana Joseph
Christiana Joseph

This blog was initially meant to be a poem. It's basically food for thought and hopefully inspire and give someone hope.

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.

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.

Tia Hope
Tia Hope

The article highlights what the “A Changed World” project is all about, the goals for the project and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Matthew Weait and Project Coordinator Jo Ahlberg’s outlook on the project as a whole.

Tia Hope
Tia Hope: Interview with Matthew Weait

Tia Hope, a third-year journalist student from the University of Hertfordshire expertly interviews Matthew Weait, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and sponsor of A Changed World on the impact and future of the project.

Alison McCree
Alison McCree

The Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, based at the University of Hertfordshire, is a professional membership organisation, incorporated by royal charter, set up to improve standards in educational assessment.

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UH Arts

In autumn 2020 UH Arts ran an event for local visual artists. This event aimed to share what other artists had been up to during 2020, to create connections and to share methodologies for working in this unusual time.

Tara Campling
Tara Campling

'The New Normal' is a phrase that is becoming all too familiar. Face masks, hand sanitiser and social distancing has become a key part of our daily life. But how is London coping with this? Are people listening to the advice, or are they doing as they please

Daniella Gregory
Daniella Gregory

A new pilot initiative from the University of Hertfordshire’s Law School and Citizens Advice Stevenage will offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience under the supervision of experienced welfare benefit specialists.

Amanda Thurston
Amanda Thurston

Amanda Thurston, Director of Hertfordshire Law Clinic, provides us with an update on its latest activity. They have been highly commended in the National Law Works Awards for best pro-bono activity.

Diana Kirsch
Diana Kirsch

Hertfordshire Law School is working in collaboration with Citizens Advice Stevenage to provide a new online service to people wishing to appeal the refusal of welfare benefits.

Poetics of place poster
Poetics of Place

UH Arts is thrilled to present Poetics of Place. This physical group exhibition in the Art & Design Gallery (22 October 2020 – 9 January 2021) and a digital exhibition considers the ways in which our perceptions of place shape our thoughts, memories and dreams.

Akshay Deshmukh
Akshay Deshmukh and Vaishnavi Pawar

Ever wanted to know how to get your dream work placement? Engineering alumni, Akshay and Vaishnavi, provide some excellent tips and tricks – for home students and international students to get the best out of the application process.

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The UH Arts team

UH Arts tells the story of how its live arts and culture programme transformed into an online digital offer; working with artists, performers and partners to ensure events continued, and how the benefits of a blended live and online offer will endure beyond the pandemic.

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Poetics of Place: Introduction

UH Arts is thrilled to present Poetics of Place. This physical group exhibition in the Art & Design Gallery (22 October 2020 – 9 January 2021) and a digital exhibition considers the ways in which our perceptions of place shape our thoughts, memories and dreams.

Peter De Santis
Peter De Santis

This brief philosophical reflection addresses how, despite being limited and affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, our free will is still intact, which can serve as a fundamental reminder about what makes us human.

Lewis Stockwell
Lewis Stockwell

In this part prose poem, account, reflective essay, Lewis Stockwell reflects on transforming a Masters module to entirely online learning during the 'COVID-19 summer'. Just as the pandemic has made us think and work in different ways, this piece makes us read and engage in different ways.

Matthew Weait
Matthew Weait

To complement the project, the University of Hertfordshire organised a very successful online teaching and learning event: A Changed World University-Wide Make-Along.

Emma Beach
Emma Beach

This paper explores how the utilization of language has the capacity to construct meanings and realities. To varying degrees, mainstream news media have evidently exploited the concepts of war and imprisonment in response to the COVID-19 crisis to generate different meanings and realities of events.

Emily Turner
Emily Turner

Couples living apart during lockdown faced months of not being with their partner. This image inspired by Rene Magrittes "The Lovers" takes on a humours spin of how couples felt during lockdown.

James Hatcher
James Hatcher

‘Journey’ is a quiet and sensitive observation of everyday life today, during a global pandemic. ‘Journey’ portrays the narrative of a student using public transport during these times, but with the new restrictions (for example, social distancing) in place.

Stevie Kilgour
Stevie Kilgour

To complement the project, the University of Hertfordshire organised a very successful online teaching and learning event: A Changed World University-Wide Make-Along.

Harriet Riddell
Harriet Riddell

To complement the project, the University of Hertfordshire organised a very successful online teaching and learning event: A Changed World University-Wide Make-Along.

James Nichols
James Nichols

To complement the project, the University of Hertfordshire organised a very successful online teaching and learning event: A Changed World University-Wide Make-Along.

Shantel Thomas
Shantel Thomas

To complement the project, the University of Hertfordshire organised a very successful online teaching and learning event: A Changed World University-Wide Make-Along.

Maya Horton
Maya Horton

I spent my teens being home schooled in the middle of nowhere. This is an essay about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way I look back on that experience.

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Active Staff Team

Active Staff is all about keeping our staff community at the University of Hertfordshire fit and healthy. Look at the ways that the Active Staff team have adapted their programme to keep everyone happy and healthy at home during lockdown

Elspeth Mathie
Dr. Elspeth Mathie

This presentation gives a flavour of how our research work, on dementia care and supporting people living and dying in care homes, responded to questions asked by care home staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fiona Souter
Fiona Souter

For #interfaithweek2020, the Chaplaincy hosted a Jewish/Muslim/Christian discussion on how our faith feeds us in these particularly difficult COVID-19 times.

Andrew Bowskill
Andrew Bowskill

An animated poster made as a response to 'Stay Safe Stay Sane', an open call project initiated by Studio Lennarts & De Bruijn for artists to share posters giving advice, documenting the pandemic and improving mental wellbeing during these uncertain times.

Christine Mekonnen
Christine Mekonnen

Christine MeKonnen, a graduate of the University of Hertfordshire’s Law School explains the Law Clinic’s quick move online and what this experience was like.

Susanna Candlin
Susanna Candlin

This is a short film made over the course of a single sunny day in May, a record of my own family’s experience of lockdown.

Amanda Thurston
Amanda Thurston

Hertfordshire Law Clinic opened in October 2019 so was still a fledgling clinic when the University went into lockdown in March 2020. In one day, the staff had to find a way to continue to run the clinic online, or face it being closed down.

Alic Okunowo
Alice Okunowo

This is a poem I have written in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Julie Kelly
Julie Kelly

An interactive quiz illustrating some of the difficulties faced by Academic Registry during the COVID-19 crisis.

Mike Wyeld
Mike Wyeld

Mike Wyeld (University of Hertfordshire) suggests a list of digital works rethinking how we use online video.

Natalie Pattison
Natalie Pattison

This presentation covers some of the clinically relevant issues related to caring for critically ill patients, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 organisational and social perspective of the role of trust with innovative information and communication technologies (ICTs).

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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.

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.

Raphael Assaf
Raphael Assaf

Raphael Assaf is a director and producer, primarily known for the multi award winning feature films The Zero Sum (2009) starring Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down) and I Am My Father (2001).

Helen Clarke and Bethanie Willis
Nacent

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

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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
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
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

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
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.

Sorrells
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
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

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.

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Joanne McDowell

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

Grae Wall
Grae J. Wall

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

Lorna Gibb
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 Willetts
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

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
Mohammed Ilyas

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

Phil Porter
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.

Quintin McKellar
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.

Damian Ward
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.

Richard Wiseman
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 Henrich

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.