Assessment Centre Experience

The Assessment Centre Experience (ACE) is an ISE award winning mock assessment centre simulation, run by the University of Hertfordshire in partnership with Smart Resourcing Solutions. ACE has been recognised as one of the largest mock assessment centre simulations in the UK and will be attended by over 3000 students of the University of Hertfordshire in 2019.

ACE will be taking place during three weeks in November at Watford Football Club, where students come with passion to learn, network with employers, grow in confidence and develop critical skills that will help them secure placement and graduate roles.

ACE is embedded within the vast majority of undergraduate courses, giving students an outstanding opportunity to take part in a realistic mock assessment centre with bespoke assessment materials directly relating to their degree.

Students that have attended ACE have reported an increase in confidence in applying for placements and graduate schemes. On average across all schools, only 14% felt confident in these applications prior to ACE. Post ACE this increased to 58% of students feeling confident or very confident.


ACE is an excellent opportunity to see students in a recruitment environment and can be a useful talent spotting tool for your company, with the chance to have a pop-up stand to network with students.

ACE is run at Watford Football Club, which offers a professional environment offsite, giving a more realistic experience to those involved. Employers are invited to participate in this not to be missed event as:

  • An assessor
  • An observer


Weeks Commencing: 4 November, 18 November and 25 November 2019.

Each school of study are assigned certain days to attend ACE with employers welcome to join any days they wish.

Humanities: Thursday 7 November
Engineering and Technology: Monday 18 - Wednesday 20 November
Business: Monday 4 - Wednesday 6 November
Creative Arts: Thursday 21 November
Computer Science: Monday 18 - Wednesday 20 November
Law: Tuesday 26 & Thursday 28 November
Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics: Monday 18 - Wednesday 20 November
Education: Wednesday 27 November
Geography, Environment and Agriculture: Wednesday 27 November
Biosciences: Monday 25 November
Psychology: Thursday 28 November
Nutrition and Dietetics: Wednesday 27 November

Register your interest

Eligible students will see ACE added to their timetables automatically and do not need to register.

If you are an employer and wish to attend - please complete this form to register your interest.

Feedback from 2018

The number of students attending our Watford assessment centres has grown year on year and we are expecting the same rise in 2019 with student and employer feedback being extremely positive:

Amazing. One of the best university external experiences I have had. I'd like to say thank you to the organisers and the mock interviewers, all of whom were fantastic.

2nd year student

I found it life changing, I received feedback that will help be personally and professionally that I would have never known about had I not come.

2nd year student

Impressed by how they showed such potential as graduate employees.  The atmosphere was just right -  relaxed, friendly and seamlessly efficient.


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