Start of Term 2020/2021

This September, The University of Hertfordshire will be open and we can’t wait to welcome you!

Spread across two campuses, we are well-placed to give students the best possible learning experience. Our emphasis is on face-to-face teaching and this will continue from September, following the most up-to-date physical distancing and government guidance to keep everyone safe.

So, what will the 2020/2021 year look like?

Academic Year 2020/21

The University has made some changes to the academic year to help you access your education and student experience at the right time for you, and in the safest possible way for everyone.

Our official start date for most courses is Monday 21 September 2020 (Monday 26 October for International students), and we are looking forward to welcoming you at this time! A handful of our courses have an earlier start date. Should you choose to join us, your exact start date for your course will be confirmed with your joining instructions later in the year.

However, we know that some students may be unable to start their studies straight away due to health, travel problems and possible quarantine restrictions. We want to give everyone the chance to join us this year so, if you have any extenuating circumstances, we will be offering you the opportunity to enrol by Monday 26 October.

If you are unable to join us in September, don’t worry. You will be offered additional support so you can catch up with your studies and you will be sent information in advance so you can prepare as much as possible. You will also have access to our virtual events, online groups to meet other students, as well as wellbeing support if you have any concerns.

If you have any questions, please drop us a line at

Your education

Once you arrive, every student will have face-to-face tuition and access to our state-of-the-art facilities, where we can offer this safely. We will be running a full timetable and maintaining contact hours for all our courses, and students will have the same opportunities to interact with our staff both in a physical and virtual environment. We will communicate clearly what learning and assessment activities you will be expected to engage in for your course, each week and for each semester.

Where required, we will also be using technologies to deliver rich and high-quality teaching through guided-learning and live, interactive sessions to give the best possible student experience. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with our staff and each other.

We know how important this interaction is to our students so we will be using a rich mixture of educational approaches that focus on high student engagement and involvement. From collaborative brainstorming sessions to capture ideas and encourage participation, we can also use technology to enable students to work together in smaller groups and report back on discussions to their lecturer.

At Herts we are proud of our TEF Gold-rated teaching, and this is no different whether students are in a physical or virtual environment.

Your student experience

We know that University is also about having amazing experiences and that so many of you are looking forward to joining social activities, sport, clubs, societies and more. All of this will be taking place and we are planning carefully about how to make it happen so that we are always following the latest Government advice at the time.

All of your usual services will also be available for you to access including wellbeing and advice and support - we are here for you.

As lockdown rules change, we will react quickly and adapt our plans keeping you informed and safe every step of the way. The measures we are putting in place on our campuses will ensure that our University is safe for everyone who works and studies here. To see what this will look like, read our page on how we’re getting ready.


By the way, you don’t have to wait until you’ve got your results to apply for our accommodation. You just need to have an offer from us. Take a look around now.

Student Finance

If you haven’t yet applied for Student Finance you should do this now here. If you’re concerned about your student finance for next year, or want some tips about budgeting, we have lots of tools to help you out. Read some top tips from other students or reach out to our student finance team.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Herts soon, and please do read our FAQs or get in touch if you have any questions.