The history and development of the University of Hertfordshire
On this page you will find the key milestones and achievements in the University of Hertfordshire's history - spanning half a century of innovative higher education in Hertfordshire.
Celebrating 25 years of university status
In 2017, the University of Hertfordshire celebrates 25 years of being a university and 65 years of delivering first class higher education.
Our history goes back to 1941 when Hertfordshire County Council entered in to partnership with the de Havilland Aircraft Company to train 15 and 16 year old aircraft apprentices. Then, in 1952, Hatfield Technical College was built by Hertfordshire County Council. We achieved university status in 1992 and are now focused on becoming internationally renowned as the UK's leading business-facing university.
Browse key achievements and events in our history
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Hatfield College of Technology
Hatfield Technical College
1952 saw the opening of a new Technical College in Hatfield. With its roots in Britain’s pioneering aeronautical industry, the College soon established itself as an innovative force in education.
If you are interested in local and regional history, you may also find the Heritage Hub a good source of information. Please contact the Heritage Hub directly if you have any queries about local and regional history.