What to expect this academic year

The new academic year will be here soon, and we can’t wait to welcome you to Herts!

We're ready to deliver an outstanding university experience for you, with inspiring and engaging teaching, fantastic extra-curricular activities, and the tools to prepare for you for the career of your dreams.

Herts students and staff work together. Students consistently tell us they feel listened to, and that we value their opinions and act on these. They feel part of our strong, supportive, and diverse learning community.

Students have told us they value the support they get from staff, choice and flexibility in their learning and the opportunity to spend time on campus with friends. And our plans for this academic year are driven by this feedback.

So, what will this academic year look like?

Herts beat the sector again for Learning Resources with excellent feedback from 74.85% of surveyed final year students.

National Student Survey 2021

69.23% of surveyed final year students feel that Herts staff value their views and opinions. We outperformed the sector!

National Student Survey 2021

Your learning community

Learning is easier when you have a great support system. It’s why we have created a learning community where you can get to know Herts students, draw on the experiences and expertise of our academic staff and seek extra help when you need it.

For all our students, we will provide in-person on-campus teaching.  Alongside the time you spend with lecturers and tutors in classrooms, studios, labs and other specialist spaces, we give you a greater choice on where, when, and how you learn as well as access to the latest high quality digital resources.

The balance may vary from programme to programme, but will include:

  • In-person on-campus teaching: Teaching sessions that you physically attend on campus at a scheduled date and time. Learning and teaching will take place in group sizes designed to give students the best possible learning experience.
    Practical classes and teaching in specialist spaces will continue in-person, and in smaller groups.
  • Live online: A live and interactive teaching session that takes place through Zoom or Microsoft Teams at a scheduled date and time.
  • On-demand: Recorded sessions available to view when it is convenient for you - allowing you to pause, make notes, or watch as many times as you need to!
  • Personal tutoring: Through regular small group and one to one sessions, you will have lots of opportunity to work with students on your course and get tailored support from your personal tutor.

In addition, you can expect outstanding facilities, and amazing learning spaces across both campuses that you can access 24/7 to work alone or with your fellow students. Whether you are commuting or living on campus; are an early riser or a night owl, there will always be a place where you can work or socialise.

If you’re a new student or coming back to carry on with your course, you will hear from us in late August on how to get started at Herts.

Student life at Herts

Right from the start there will be lots for you to get involved with including a fun Welcome events programme organised by our Students’ Union. With more than 100 societies from Anime and Manga to Urban Dance, we encourage you to get stuck in and meet new people.

In September, the Students’ Union will be opening their brand-new bar and nightclub – The Loft and Seventy7. We’ll see you there for a range of club nights! And don’t worry about going thirsty or hungry. We have an amazing range of food and drink outlets including Subway or Starbucks for our coffee lovers!

If you are into competitive sport or want to play for fun; check out our Herts Squad and Active Students programme, students can take part in lots of different activities from football to fitness classes.

For our creative-minded students, check out UH Arts and Culture programme.

You can also get involved with our community garden project, our Connect Common Reading Experience programme, volunteering opportunities and more. Taking part in these activities is a great way to build extra skills to help you to achieve our prestigious Go Herts Award, a scheme which recognises participation in extra-curricular activities making your CV more attractive to employers.

We recognise the importance of flexible part-time jobs that fit in with your course, so we have lots of opportunities. You could become our next student ambassadors, student technology mentors and more.

Keep a look out for updates on our social media channels.

Keeping you safe

We are working to deliver an exciting, fun, and vibrant student experience on campus whilst making sure your safety is key. By joining Herts, you join our community, so it’s important that you also take your personal safety and that of those around you seriously.

We have a team of 22-qualified, SIA licensed and DBS-certified security officers working around the clock to make sure our community is kept safe. Our officers patrol both campuses and are supported by our security department's 24-hour manned control room and a network of over 800 security cameras.

Your health is just as important as your personal safety. We will continue to maintain our enhanced cleaning regime while encouraging you to vaccinate and take regular at-home COVID-19 tests.

Following the latest Government guidance, while we have removed social distancing requirements, face coverings will be encouraged in busy areas such as corridors, food outlets, toilets, the Learning Resources Centres, teaching rooms and shuttle buses. For some programmes, there may be some extra requirements including mandatory face covering so that you can study safely.

As always, we will keep monitoring Government guidance so that you can be confident that Herts is safe.

Support and wellbeing

When you join Herts, you become part of our family and that means we are always here to support you, no matter what. We have a fantastic diverse student community from all over the World including just down the road! That’s what Herts is about – powering your potential wherever you are from.

We make sure everyone has the opportunity to succeed at university and through our hardship funds, scholarships, and bursaries hope to lighten the financial burden for some of our struggling students.

Support is also about your academic and emotional wellbeing, and at Herts you can access our counselling, mental health and disability services, careers advice, study support and much more. All our services are here to ensure your time at Herts is fun, rewarding and as stress-free as possible so make sure you reach out if you need us!