Studying at Herts
By joining Herts you’ll be in charge of your own learning journey. University is more than lectures, workshops or practicals. It’s about making the most of your time here, by learning in your taught sessions, through directed and self-guided activities and taking advantage of opportunities to develop yourself to reach your goals. You’ll be encouraged to ask questions and we’ll support your curiosity to learn more by welcoming you into our learning community.
Your timetable is just the starting point for your learning and development at Herts.
When you arrive, one of the first things you’ll want to do is connect to our free Wi-Fi on campus. You can connect using eduroam or UHWifi.
You can also download Herts Mobile which is a free app created for Herts students, staff and visitors which will help you stay connected to the University. Through the app, you can access local bus times, your timetable, campus maps, find available computers, teaching rooms and much more!
Develop your digital skills
At Herts, you’ll be able to develop your learning and digital skills, taking advantage of Canvas, our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment. You’ll learn how to best use the technology, software and resources available to you. You can also track and monitor your own performance using your own student engagement dashboard.
You’ll use a mix of technologies and platforms such as Canvas and StudyNet that will support your learning. These types of software may be new to you, but don’t worry, as you’ll receive information and instructions on how to use the systems needed for your programme throughout your studies. You’ll also have access to these and plenty of other guides to help you throughout your time at Herts by using our University search engine, Ask Herts.
Our Library and Computing Services team and Student Technology Mentors are also on hand to provide any additional support you need. Our friendly teams will help you with all your set-up related queries, from how to reset your password to connecting to the internet and how to print.
Find out where to study on campus
There will be days where you have a break in your timetable where you can use your time to prepare for classes, review class notes and recordings or spend some time working on your assignments. Getting ahead with your studies and using your independent study time is crucial to staying on top of your programme and meeting deadlines.
Depending on how you prefer to study, you’ll find a variety of places you can use to make the best use of your independent study time. From informal, busy group spaces to quiet rooms and silent study, as well as studios and computer labs.
Learning Resources Centres (LRCs)
Learning Resources Centres (LRCs). Based on each campus and open 24/7, the LRCs are home to thousands of books and journals, a wide selection of study spaces (including silent study zones, and group work pods), PCs and Macs, laptop loans, a wide range of software, hi-spec computing rooms and printing facilities. Find out why Student Technology Mentor, Joanna, loves studying in the LRCs.
At Herts, we have a variety of cafés including Café Ambition, Café Rore, the Art and Design Gallery Café, cafes in the LRCs and Hertfordshire Sports Village and Starbucks. You can grab a bite to eat or a coffee and work from any of these locations. There’s also the EleHouse too!
In the Hutton Hub and Chapman Lounge (in main reception), we have plenty of seating so you can grab a table and spend time working independently or in a group. Both are very light and bright spaces and conveniently close to our food outlets!
Studios and labs
As part of your programme, you may need to use our studios or labs to complete your assignments. Make sure you check in with your programme leader about the best places for you to work.
Help with studying
To help you with your studies, you’ll also receive, and have access to, support from across the University.
- Your personal tutor helps you get the most out of your programme by supporting and guiding you. You’ll be assigned a personal tutor when your programme starts and it’s important to make time to meet with your tutor regularly to get the most out of your time at Herts.
- Study Success Hubs are located on the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) at both campuses. The Study Success Hubs provide academic English and Maths support, one-to-one advice on finding the best resources, guidance on how to make the most of the online library and support to develop your digital skills.
- Herts SU can support students with learning techniques to help you organise your workload in a way that suits you. You can book a one-to-one SU Study Smart session with an academic and welfare adviser.
- Your School will also offer subject specific support, so make sure to check your Canvas programme site and talk to your School team.
We are here to support you in your learning every step of the way. Check out the getting ready to study at Herts module that has been specially created to provide you with the information and tools you need before you start your studies, including helping to familiarise you with Canvas which you will use throughout your programme. The module will take around one to two hours to complete and you can always go back to it at any point over the academic year.