Book an open day
Open days are the perfect opportunity for you to explore our vibrant campuses, get a taste of your course(s) of interest and hear first hand from our staff and current students about life as a student at Herts.
Our next open day is Saturday 27 April 2024 from 09:30 - 15:00.
You will receive complimentary travel across the UNO bus network on the open day dates (whether you undertake your whole journey via the Uno network or just use it to access our campuses from Hatfield or St Albans train stations). Once you've registered, keep an eye on your emails for your free pass!
MPhys (Hons) Physics
Olaitan - Week at a glance
My week at a glance
Most days I wake up and usually jog around the field by the de Havilland campus. When the sun is just coming up and you’re surrounded by cows and nature there's no better way to start the day.
During lectures, I try to ask as many questions as possible. I try to clarify what I take from the lecturer at once, so we’re both on the same page. Afterwards, it’s straight to the library. Depending on the day, I’ll do problem sheets or take notes on a module in one of my many self-made booklets. If I need a textbook I can usually consult the online library portal. I’m not particularly good at programming, so If I need help, I can go to the programming support sessions they offer every Wednesday.
If I’m struggling with a subject, I’d bring it up with my lecturer, most have an open-door policy and are super chill.
If it’s a particularly beautiful day, my course mates and I will grab a couple of drinks at the EleHouse. I’ve had countless fond memories there. The staff are friendly and there’s usually deals on food and cocktails to keep you coming back.
I’m on the kickboxing AU team and train three times a week which is very intense but it’s also incredibly rewarding. I’ve never been very sporty, so I took a big risk in joining the sessions. One year later, I’ve gone from third place at sports day shot-put (with three competitors) to the president of the team. The exercise is an awesome way to destress after a full-on day. In the time I’ve spent kickboxing I’ve gone to my first competition and gone up in two belt grades. Most days we get a pint in after which isn’t bad either. I’ve made so many lifelong friends and learned so much about myself in that space of time.
Olaitan - Things you should know
Things you should know before starting your course
So you’ve just started at the university and you want to get stuck in. Here are a few things you should know.
Join a sports club. This is one of the most obvious pieces of advice you’ll hear but you will truly understand how important it is once you’ve joined. If you don’t want to be too committed to a sports team or you’re not regularly active, that’s cool. There are loads of ways to get involved. Active students is a program at the University that offers free, yes FREE, no commitment sports sessions. There are loads of various activities from badminton to parkour. We have way too much choice for you to be a couch potato. Once you get settled in a club, it can be the easiest way to make friends and a support system.
Be welcoming to international freshers. For many of those guys, it’s their first time out of their country. So uni might be a massive culture shock. If their English isn’t great, be patient. If you see someone who looks a little quiet in your lectures, have a chat with them. All their friends might be 1000s of km away.
Get to know your lecturers and make your face regular in your school’s building. If you keep building good relationships with your lecturers, you will get the most out of your course. Lecturers teach dozens of other students so it’s worth making yourself known and you will hit the ground running. Be the first at the gate. I’m obviously not asking you to be a square but you might as well get your money's worth(since the university is so expensive).
The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is...
...Start studying one week before your course starts.
Super simple. If you think about it, most learning isn’t done at lectures. It’s usually at the library. Of course, you should go to lectures, they are vital. However, from my experience lectures work better when you already understand the context of what's going on. And there is nothing more uncomfortable and morale destroying than not understanding what’s going on.
Olaitan - Local area
Things to do in the local area
Let's say you've done everything on campus and you want to do a bit of exploring nearby. What do you do? Well here are a few fun places in the area that are only a short journey away.
Firstly, in Hatfield, we have the Galleria. It’s our local shopping centre just outside the campus. You’ll find yourself at the Nandos or cinema I bet. Moreover, we now have a sweetshop and free books shop. The book shop is my favourite. I have unearthed some rare once in a lifetime treasures. Walking around the Galleria is a great date. Getting some coffee, a bite to eat or just wandering around the shops. If you really want to have some fun there's a shiny SEGA arcade hidden in the back.
Although it doesn’t initially seem like it Hatfield is plentiful with large green open spaces. Just behind the sports fields on the de Havilland campus, there are massive farmlands that are perfect for summer walks and runs. Additionally, if you step just out of the station you can find Hatfield house. This is where they usually host Slam Dunk Festival. It’s a popular UK pop-punk, emo, metal, and alternative music festival. How insane is that?!
St Albans is a beautiful little city only a short train or bus ride away. It has a cute villagey feel with a huge open park by its town centre. You can lose yourself in the restaurants and nightlife or stroll around its various markets and high street shops. Incredibly good for exploring with its gigantic cathedral and museums.
London is a 25-minute train ride from the University of Hertfordshire. If you have a spare day, why not treat yourself to a trip to the big city.
Meet Jordan Skilling whose Physics degree took him on an unexpected journey into the financial sector. Jordan is now a Commodities Trade Support Analyst for Morgan Stanley.Read more stories BSc (Hons) Physics
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Going to university gave Jordan the chance to study his favourite subject area and see where it took him. While he was interested in both Astrophysics and Physics, at the University of Hertfordshire he knew he would have access to one of the largest teaching observatories in the country, Bayfordbury Observatory. This was ‘a major plus’ when Jordan was making his university choices.
He decided to study Physics, but also developed a keen interest in Mathematics. He learnt to grapple with abstract ideas and make accurate and clear summaries of his thoughts. Jordan tells us how the logical thinking skills he developed at university helped him to ‘handle life in investment banking.' Furthermore, he liked the social side of student life. He was involved in societies and remembers ‘many funny days, laughing with housemates.'
After graduating, Jordan landed a job with Merrill Lynch in Chester. It involved supporting the sales and trading desks in Singapore, London and New York. Jordan recommends new graduates consider starting out in a company’s off-site location as it’s a ‘fantastic way of getting your foot in the door, giving you the opportunity to learn a wide range of processes’. This experience was beneficial when Jordan later moved to London to become a Commodities Trade Support Analyst for Morgan Stanley.