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The Friends' Fund

The Friends’ Fund is a way for former and retired staff to give back to the University of Hertfordshire. The Friends’ organising committee decides the area of the University every year that will be the beneficiary of funds raised.

The current chosen fund is the University Student Trust Fund. In the wake of COVID-19, and with the cost of living rising far faster than wages and student funding, financial support for our most financially disadvantaged students is more important than ever. Money donated to the University Student Trust Fund is directed to wherever student need is greatest, with the majority of funds going to the Financial Assistance Fund.

We are happy to accept one-off (by online payment or cheque) donations. Gift Aid is also applicable on these donations, if you are an eligible UK tax payer.

To set up a donation, please click on the button below and select ‘Friends Society Fund’.

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For those wishing to stay more involved with the University, there are opportunities to volunteer to support the UH Arts events programme. As a volunteer you set your own level of commitment and have the chance to benefit from complimentary tickets for our fantastic events.

You can also apply to be on the UHCasual bank of casual staff and help to support the University’s key events and activities throughout the year.


UH Arts + Culture

UH Arts + Culture (University of Hertfordshire Arts + Culture) brings a rich arts and culture programme to our campus and our local communities. We share the best visual arts, live arts, music, film, design and media across our university sites, in Hatfield and St Albans. Collaborating with artists and performers, we commission and present ambitious and relevant work, informed by research. We seek to engage the public as audience members, participants and active co-producers. Reaching across our county, we are committed to strengthening Hertfordshire’s arts and cultural offer with our partners.

We would not be able to operate without the invaluable support of our volunteers, there are many different roles and opportunities to get involved with our work.

Voluntary Roles





Reporting to

Front of House Usher

Live Arts

  • audience wayfinding
  • customer   welcome and assistance
  • scanning   tickets
  • selling programmes
  • fire marshal
  • flyering
  • tidying up.

The Weston Auditorium,

de Havilland Campus

Duty House Manager

Private View Assistant

Visual Arts

  • welcoming   invitees
  • taking the   register
  • helping to   service drinks
  • answering   customer enquiries
  • helping clear   up.

Art + Design Gallery,

College Lane Campus

Visual Arts Programme Manager

Exhibition Install Assistant

Visual Arts

  • setting up furniture
  • making areas safe and tidy
  • unloading vehicles
  • unwrapping and wrapping artwork
  • touching up paint on walls
  • putting out signage
  • helping move larger boxes/objects.

Art + Design Gallery,

College Lane Campus

Principal Technical Officer

Exhibition Workshop Assistant

Visual Arts

  • helping set-up the workshop
  • assisting the artist with putting out materials/   resources
  • helping participants find their way to the   workshop space
  • assisting anyone needing help in the workshop
  • helping clear away.

Art & Design Gallery,

College Lane Campus

Visual Arts Programme Manager

Marketing and Promotion Assistant

All Art forms

  • helping put up/circulate printed marketing   materials around campus
  • helping run marketing and promotion stands at Herts such as Freshers Fairs.

UH Arts + Culture Office, across College Lane or de Havilland Campus

Marketing Co-Ordinator

Health and safety

Each of the venues we operate in have its own health and safety measures in place, these are very important and are there for you, and our visitors’ wellbeing whilst on campus. Your reporting supervisor will brief you on arrival of any matters you should be made aware of and will have a personal risk assessment for you in place. Should you have any additional needs that we should be aware of, please ensure these are discussed before your first day on site.

Available shifts

Where possible, we will offer our volunteers shifts before our events start for the season such as in January and then again in July, however we might only have a short notice period to offer events depending on when they are scheduled.

We try and offer our volunteers as many shifts as they would like and the amount of commitment in time our volunteers allocate is up to them. We just ask that you commit to the shifts you are allocated, as the successful running of our events is down to all the staff and volunteers fulfilling their individual roles.

If for any reason we no longer need your support on an event we will give you as much notice as possible.

Shift timings

You will be advised by the manager in charge about what your expected arrival time should be. Please ensure you arrive promptly and if you are going to be late for any reason, to inform the manager in charge as soon as possible.

Dress and etiquette

The different roles have different dress code expectations so please ensure you have discussed this with the manager in charge before you come onto campus.

As an UH Arts + Culture volunteer you are representing the University and are expected to follow the University’s professional rules of conduct at all times.

UH Arts + Culture Volunteer policy

After you have had your initial volunteer meeting with one of the programme managers and you are happy to start volunteering with us, we ask for you to read, agree and sign our volunteer policy. This document outlines the expectations we have of you and what we offer in return. It is not a binding contract, but if you wish to cease volunteering with us at anytime we ask for as much notice as possible, please.

Register your interest

if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, register your interest on the  UH Arts + Culture website.

Contact us

Contact Melissa Alexander, Programme Manager Live Arts, Music + Media

Contact Elizabeth Murton, Programme Manager: Visual Arts, Design + Collections

Contact Asa Miller, Principal Technical Officer

Contact Mel Proctor, Marketing Coordinator

For general enquiries please email


Clinton Baker Pinetum

The Clinton-Baker Pinetum at Bayfordbury is a 10-acre site owned by the University, but entirely managed by volunteers (with assistance from one staff member).  The Pinetum is a collection of conifers (approx. 178 species) set in native woodland, a short walk from the main campus buildings. Planting was initiated in 1767 with trees being added at various stages over the subsequent years.  The current restoration project commencing in 1994 under the guidance of the Curator, Dr Edward Eastwood.

Work parties take place every Wednesday, starting at 9.30am. We have a lunch break in the Pinetum and usually finish around 3.30pm. However, no need to commit to the whole day – you can come for just a few hours if you wish. Once you know your way around, you could simply join us in the Pinetum at a time that suits you.  We also have the occasional Saturday work party.

Work times and dates can change due to unforeseen factors (e.g. weather conditions) and this will enable us to contact you personally in such circumstances. On your first visit we will give you a tour, talking about the history of the site and the current restoration aims.

Where do I meet?

Park in the car park by the main building of the University’s Bayfordbury Campus (SG13 8LD) where there is ample free parking.  We normally gather a short distance away, but you will be met in the car park on your first visit.  Please note that the car park is not normally open outside of normal working hours..

What should I bring?

Wear outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for working on potentially muddy and uneven surfaces: walking or work boots are ideal.  Tools and gloves are provided but you might wish to bring your own gardening gloves.  Bring food and drink if you are staying for lunch.

What can I expect?

The nature of the tasks is very varied and are often decided on the day. All volunteers regardless of experience, age or level of fitness are welcome and full training in the use of any tools will be given.  It’s fun and it’s sociable - we spend time together on group tasks and have lunch together.  You will be in the open air; you’ll get exercise and there are a wide variety of tasks to experience with like-minded people.  You can learn new skills or share your skills with others. If you know people from similar groups, please spread the word and bring them along!

Duties could include:

  • keeping paths and open spaces accessible
  • tree planting and aftercare
  • mowing
  • occasional tree felling and removal of fallen timber
  • construction projects involving carpentry and stonework / bricklaying
  • tending the woodland garden
  • having bonfires every now and again!

There is some activity for every level of experience or fitness, and you might learn a new skill in a friendly environment.

Contact us and more information

For more information, you can visit The Clinton-Baker Pinetum website.

If interested in attending or need further information on this opportunity, please contact Ian Flack.

Paid casual work

There are a variety of paid casual opportunities at the University, and we welcome applications from former staff to support these key activities, events and research. More information on the current casual work available can be found below.


Surrogate patients in Optometry

The University of Hertfordshire delivers an integrated Masters of Optometry programme. Clinical training is provided for the students on the College Lane campus, in a specially developed optometry examination areas. We are looking for patients of all ages and backgrounds and you do not need to be a spectacle or contact lens wearer.

We would like to invite you to assist as a surrogate patient, or ‘mock patient’ where you will be assisting students in their clinical training. Each training session will be structured in 90-120 minute blocks and you can choose to attend a number of sessions during one day. Each training session will mimic parts, if not all, of an eye appointment.


Assisting students in their clinical training, by:

  • agreeing to have an eye examination
  • agreeing to have a contact lens check or a spectacle fitting as a surrogate patient.

All sessions are supervised by qualified Optometrists, who are also registered with the General Optical Council.

Please note that being an optometry surrogate patient must not replace your routine eye examination and/or contact lens check with your optometrist.

You will be paid an hourly rate of £15 per hour.

Contact us

To register or for more information please email us via (preferred method of contact) or call us on 01707285169.

This has been approved by Health and Human Sciences ECDA Protocol number: cLMS/MOptom/UH/02261)


Ushers at Graduation

You will work as part of the Exams and Awards team to ensure the smooth and celebratory running of our graduation ceremonies. You will be briefed on your duties and will work as part of a team in order to support the Exams and Awards staff, as well as our graduates and their guests, on their big day.

Our graduation ceremony sessions take place over two weeks in September (2-14 September 2024) and one week in February (exact dates tbc for February 2025). All ceremony sessions are held at the Abbey of St Albans.

Please note: this role does require a level of physical mobility. A full day can be long and you may be on your feet for much of it, although it is not obligatory to work at each session on a given day. The grounds at St Albans Abbey are in some places uneven (such as the cobbled stones) and will be cold in February!

In the run up to the events, we will email you asking for your availability. Once you have let us know, we will rota you in and confirm your working hours. You can claim for your parking and will be reimbursed. Salary: UH2.8.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • showing graduates and guests to their seats
  • ability to carry out physical tasks
  • taking tickets
  • directing graduates and guests to the post-ceremony marquee
  • answering general queries
  • just being a friendly face on the big day!

Contact us

If you are interested in becoming a casual for the Exams and Awards team, please let us know by emailing We will invite you in for an informal interview to get to know you and your preferences in May / June 2024.

Leaving a legacy

Remembering the University of Hertfordshire in your will can provide continuing support to future generations of students, providing support for many students in need through the financial assistance fund, or even by providing a scholarship.

Find out more about legacy giving