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THE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE Shortlisted for the Heist awards’, ‘Alumni Publication of the Year’

SUMMER 2009

The R Word...

Why your University is a powerful tool in a recession

From fresher to

fashionista The Faculty for Creative and Cultural Industries showcases its 2009 graduate talent

RESEARCH

Strictly Hormonal

Sex, psychology and the way we dance

Hidden Spaces

Celebrating campus life beyond the prospectus

Announcing the coming season’s Arts and Galleries programme


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If you want to get more from your career, why not get more from your University?

04 He said, she said... In our pigeonhole 05 Benefits A little something from us to you

No matter what degree you already have from the University of Hertfordshire, a postgraduate degree from the Business School could improve your job prospects and help you realise your career ambitions. And with many of our programmes offering accreditation by professional bodies such as CIMA, CIM, CIPD and CMI, you could boost your CV even further.

06 News Like the student rag, but all grown up 08 COVER STORY Graduating into the creative and cultural industries... 12 Business Services New section: helping your business in the recession 14 Retrospective The 50th anniversary of ‘Operation Matador’

What’s more, your undergraduate degree could entitle you to a substantial 20% discount off full-time study, and 10% off part-time study for your first year*.

16 Pictorial Deep inside the hidden campus... 18 Global Futures Ekta and the Kenyan Alumni chapter

Make more of your future with a postgraduate degree from the Business School.

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Our Postgraduate Courses DMan Organisational Change

MA Human Resource Management

DBA Business Administration

MA Human Resource Management and Employment Relations

MBA Master of Business Administration MSc Leadership and Management in Public Services

MA Marketing

MSc Accounting and Financial Management

MSc International Business

MSc Applied Accounting MSc Finance and Investment Management

MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management

MSc Finance and Corporate Governance /Grad ICSA

CIM Chartered Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing

MA Management

Graduate Certificate in Business

MSc Project Management

CIMA Professional Qualification

MSc Strategic Marketing MSc International Tourism Management

www.herts.ac.uk/business * Please see our website for full terms and conditions.

19 Research How attractive is the way we dance?

Find out more about our courses by emailing business.school@herts.ac.uk or call 01707 285419

23 Interview with an alum Disabled badminton champion, Gobi Ranganathan

Editor: Steve Corbett Art Editor: Dani Corbett Production Manager: Jeremy Reid Publisher: Alison Coles Proofing: Dawn Howton

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Special thanks to: Kate Bellingham, Arisa Fukumoto, Louise Burns, Jane Housham, Ekta Shah, Dr Peter Lovatt, Gobi Ranganathan, Kelvin Ward, Jo Wearne, Anthony Myers, Simon Evans, Kate Weaver, Rebecca Hobbs, Natalie Fountain, Katie Buckhaven, Amisha Karin, Dawn Causon, Liz Mortimer, Lindsay Tuke, Naomi Hecker, Tonia Harvey, Tim Longden, Sharon Maxwell Magnus, Belinda Mobbs, Ross Renton, Caroline Green and Ann Bruno Contact us: Development and Alumni Office, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB Telephone: +44 (0)1707 284480 Switchboard: +44 (0)1707 284000 Email: alumni@herts.ac.uk Website: https://alumni.herts.ac.uk

25 Alumni Profiles Where are you now? 28 Graduate Futures Finding employment during hard times... 30 UH Arts and Galleries Events this autumn 32 UH Press Introducing books on Gypsies 34 Kate Bellingham On being a part of your Alumni Association...

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LETTERS

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We’d love to hear your feedback on Futures or anything to do with your time here… Please email us at: alumni@herts.ac.uk, or write to: Development and Alumni Office, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB

For everyone concerned, there is always something very moving about the end of the final academic year. While friends, parents and staff bask in the poignancy of the end of this incredible year – awash with a sense of both pride and sadness – the student, with all their finals and coursework over, looks towards graduation and a huge sense of achievement. And having been lucky enough to attend the end of year showcases for fashion, art and design, never has all of the above been so visually apparent. Notably professional work, by notably skilled individuals (with notably proud friends and family in tow!). Very exciting careers beckon all of our Creative and Cultural Industries graduates – and congratulations to all of those who won awards for their work this year (including our BA (Hons) Fashionista, Arisa Fukumoto, who designed the stunning look featured on our front cover). You can read about the fantastic 2009 shows on page 8... Also in this issue, we have some great new regular features from UHArts and Galleries, UH Press, and the University’s Business Services – the latter outlining how they can help support small and fledgling businesses in these testing times. So whether you have just finished your finals, or if that feeling is but a distant memory these days – I hope you enjoy the summer. A time when we of course in the Alumni Association get ready to welcome Arisa Fukumoto, around 5,000 new friends into our community – so for us, it’s a whole winner of the ‘Best Comm new beginning. ercially

Alison Coles Head of Development and Alumni

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Continue your future with us, and enjoy the host of benefits available to you. From alumni membership at the Hertfordshire Sports Village, to discounted entry at Merlin attractions and UHArts and Galleries events...

UHArts and Galleries

Merlin Entertainment Attractions

Alumni Subscriptions

Arena Flowers

Beauty Expert

UH Press

National Car Rental

Conference Hertfordshire

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Hertfordshire Sports Village

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Learning Resource Centres

futuresÈ My name is Mohd Azman Abas from Malaysia. I graduated 1st Class Honors in BEng Automotive Engineering from University of Hertfordshire, 2001 until 2004. The graduation was held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I really enjoyed my university life at Hatfield and became one of my best moments in life, thanks to you guys! Mohd Azman Abas. In March this year my husband, Keith Murray Rutherford, sadly passed away. I would, however, like to tell you how amazing University of Hertfordshire was to him. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1988 and due to various operations was left handicapped

and unable to continue with his work. He obtained another degree (BA) to add to all his law qualifications, becoming a solicitor in 1998. The University worked around his illnesses and thanks to yourselves he had a second career. He got back his self respect and enjoyed his time as a solicitor. I believe I have not thanked the University for the opportunities you offered my husband, and would be grateful if you could hand on my belated thanks. Diana Rutherford. When I retired in 2000, I decided to try to find as many people from the 1959-1961 group at Wall Hall, as I could. I managed

to contact over 30 people and we had a reunion of about 20 of us, actually at Wall Hall before it closed. Some of us hadn’t met since college days so it was great to exchange news. Each year in May we have a mini-reunion in London for a bar lunch and a chat. If anyone reads this who is not in touch with us, please contact me and maybe you can join us at our next reunion. We would like to find anyone who was at Red House, as so far we have no information from that group. Cynthia Bull (Nee Page). If you would like to get in touch with Cynthia, please write to the Development and Alumni Office at our usual address.

The R Word...

Why your University is a powerful tool in a recession

From fresher to

fashionista The Faculty for Creative and Cultural Industries showcases its 2009 graduate talent

Announcing the coming season’s Arts and Galleries programme

RESEARCH

Strictly Hormonal

Sex, psychology and the way we dance

UHSU Licenced Venues

Mankind

Chesterton Humberts

Futures Magazine

UH Business Services

Global Marketing

On-line Alumni Community

Further Study at UH

The University of Hertfordshire

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Celebrating campus life beyond the prospectus

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A snapshot of news bites from around your University this summer...

Graduate Scholarships The University’s Graduate Scholarship offers up to 20% off the normal tuition fee for those students that have graduated from a University of Hertfordshire undergraduate programme. It is available for Home/ EU or international students who are taking a full-time or part-time postgraduate or research degree programme in 2009/2010. For more details of the University’s Graduate Scholarship, how to apply for a postgraduate programme, or for a copy of the postgraduate prospectus, visit the Student Centre at College Lane or call them on 01707 284800.

HEIST AWARDS Earlier in the year we were thrilled to report that your magazine had been shortlisted for ‘Alumni Publication of the Year’ at this year’s Heist Education Marketing Awards. 7 May saw the Development and Alumni team attend the black tie Gala Dinner at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, accompanied by the President of the University of Hertfordshire Alumni Association, Kate Bellingham. Futures was Nominated alongside the University of Oxford, King’s College London, Birkbeck University of London, and City University London/Hudson Fuggle, and congratulations went to King’s College London. We are extremely proud to have been shortlisted as one of the top 5 alumni publications in the sector.

School of Life Sciences leading on drug safety in Europe

Notable results in University League Tables We are proud to report that the University has done extremely well in the recent round of national (and international) league tables. The Times Good University Guide ranked Hertfordshire 66th out of 114 Institutions, while the Complete University Guide published by the Independent placed us in the top 50; 45th out of 113 Institutions. In the Complete Guide, the University has risen from 94th in 2008, to 54th in 2009, and 45th in 2010 - now holding the position as the highest ranked of Universities created since 1992 (and ranked ahead of a number of pre 1992 universities). The University has also been ranked in the top 500 universities in the world by the Shanghai Jiao Tong ‘Academic Ranking of World Universities’ 2008. This is a well-respected league table used primarily by the research intensives to understand their place in the world rankings. Hertfordshire was ranked at 471 (out of 1,600 global institutions), and in this table, the only post 1992 University to appear. A stunning result which is already having a very positive impact on the world stage. 06

Celebrating continuing success at the Annual Scholarships Evening 2009 Thursday 30 April this year saw the 4th Annual Scholarships evening take place at the Art and Design Gallery on College Lane, celebrating another fantastic year for the University’s Externally Funded Scholarship Programme. An impressive showcase of projects from around the University was on display, including a hovercraft, KASPAR the fully cognitive child-robot, and a recreation of Galileo’s astronomy telescope. Scholars met with their sponsors, giving them a chance to thank them personally. There was also a VIP champagne reception in the ceramics studio, where guests included Lady Staughton, Lord and Lady Cobbold and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Wilson. The programme now has more than 140 externally funded scholarships, and is the largest of its kind in the UK. For more information, contact Joanne Wearne, j.r.wearne@herts.ac.uk

The Forum – Opening 7 Sept 2009 The Forum - one of the University’s most exciting projects to date – is now on the cusp of completion, and will be ready to welcome the new intake of undergraduates this autumn. The £38 million build based on the College Lane Campus in Hatfield will be a focal point for the University of Hertfordshire community. It has been designed to enhance the student experience and will bring real benefits to local business and the local community. The facilities will be on a par with those provided by commercial operators with the latest equipment and contemporary interior designs and will accommodate the widest possible range of needs and interests, whether a person is looking for a social scene or a quiet area to study or reflect. In June, University staff were given tours around the impressive building, which isdue to open on 7 September. We look forward to welcoming you in September 2009 and hope that you are as excited about the opening as we are! If you require further information about the Forum development or have any additional questions please contact us via email... info@forumhertfordshire.co.uk

Dr Sherael Webley and Dr Chris Benham, Senior Lecturers from the School of Life Sciences have been successful as part of a €3.7 million bid to develop a Europe-wide platform of training in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology. The University of Hertfordshire is the only UK University within a consortium of eleven European partners. Professor Robert Slater, Head of the School of Life Sciences, originally chaired the development of the MSc in Pharmacovigilance at the University, the only course of its type in the world. Professor Slater said ‘The European Community is currently funding an Innovative Medicines Initiative to maintain Europe’s strengths in the pharmaceutical industry. Part of the development is to improve medicine safety evaluation. The award confirms our leading position in delivering Pharmacovigilance training to the pharmaceutical industry.’ For more information email Professor Robert Slater, r.j.slater@herts.ac.uk

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In staging their three annual, ‘End of Year shows’ – premiering the most breathtaking work in fashion, animation and art and design respectively – the Faculty for the Creative and Cultural Industries demonstrates how their graduates of today are already inspiring the dreams and imaginations of tomorrow...

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henever I find myself visiting the Art and Design building on College Lane, it is always a double-edged sword. Walking through any of the hangar-like workspaces – whether past the areas for block or screen printing, illustration, ceramics, model design and special effects etc. – it’s as big a visual feast as it is a pang of regret for not following up that art A Level. And it’s not just the works in progress that are inspiring... the whole space has an ambience that draws you in to its limitless potential for the fertile mind. Amongst the regular inhabitants there’s always a relaxed camaraderie of mutual respect, and creativity liberally coats every surface from floor to ceiling. Fitting then, that - being the glutton for punishment that I am - the most painful yet aweinspiring visits happen at the end of each final semester; when the accomplished works of three passionate years of perfectly honed talent are showcased to the world. And perhaps more importantly... to their coveted industries. This premiering of the brightest young things to emerge from the heavy glass doors of the Art and Design Gallery is traditionally three-fold. Firstly, a professional invite-only Fashion Show at an exclusive

venue in London - followed a few days later by the day-long Digital Animation Showcase (in a packed Weston Auditorium). This then climaxes that same evening with the private viewing of the end of year Degree Show - which goes on to be open to the public for a limited period afterwards.

Model Students This year, on 26 May the Graduate Fashion Show 2009 – with its stylishly minimalistic white embossed invites – hailed from the opulent environs of Il Bottaccio, in Grosvenor Place, London. The Grand Gallery Ballroom provided the backdrop for two shows; where professional models sternly strutted the collections of 37 BA (Hons) Fashion grads down the catwalk (to a full house of friends, family, staff, students and – all importantly –

Left SFX model by Sam Costidell Below Series of works by Christian Wildgoose

members of the fashion industry). A heady mix of grandeur and intimacy, it was the largest show to date, with the number of students enrolling on the course growing every year. And for this 2009 show the bar was truly raised in terms of both the quality of the work and its presentation. And to put on such an impressive showcase at one of the finest venues in the capital, the students themselves raised a not insignificant total of over £10,000 towards the necessary funds. But their collections were worth every penny. The ideas were innovative, the overall execution impressive, and not a single line would have looked out of place in London Fashion Week or Bryant Park. The ambitious looks were all about the creative, highly detailed tailoring, and the layering and combining of fabrics. And as

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Media, Art Therapy, and Graphic Design and Illustration, as you walked around the exhibition, every corner of the imagination was visited. Those recalling your art lessons at school – with perhaps the most exotic or exciting extents having been a kiwi or papaya in the fruit bowl for your watercolour still life – this showcase of student work embodies the true nature of the uncensored artist. Of the freedom not only to express oneself through whatever medium or aesthetic manner chosen – but to tailor those creative choices towards a career that both complements and propels the skills, subjects and interests of the individual. In line with the University’s traditional ethos – and recent accreditation as a Skillset Media Academy – these graduates have all been shown how to hone their artistic abilities towards tangible areas like innovative product design... imaginative book illustration... effective advertising... astounding special effects models... unique artisan jewellery. The examples and possibilities are nigh on endless. But inspiring though it was, the ‘Take-Off Degree Show 2009’ was only open to the public until 8 June – so if you weren’t lucky enough to catch it, I would certainly recommend pencilling it in for next year. If you would like to see images from this year’s exhibition however, just go to www.uhcreatives. co.uk/opening-night fÈ

anyone who has ever witnessed supermodel Heidi Klum and her panel of industry experts critique the works of fledgling designers on Project Runway will know – it really is a highly skilled craft and a very competitive industry. As Heidi says; “one day you’re in, and the next... you’re out”. But those who most definitely were ‘in’ on the night were the winners of the sponsored awards – kindly donated by Karen Millen, Tesco, BMW and River Island. Gracing our front cover this issue is an outfit designed by Arisa Fukumoto – who received a £1000 prize for ‘Best Commercially Viable Collection’ (sponsored by Tesco). To see a range of works from the show, go to www.uhcreatives. co.uk/fashion-09

Highly Animated With equal spades of vision, passion, skill, and pride, a very different art form presented itself on 2 June however – as the Weston Auditorium played host to this year’s Digital Animation Showcase. Classing myself as something of a veteran of this day-long celebration of all things animation – from industry talks and demonstrations to screenings and awards (for levels 2 and 3) – year after year, the atmosphere in the room never ceases to amaze me. Always a full house, always entertainingly compered by Senior Lecturer/ resident personality Sol Rogers, the appreciation for this ever-growing art is a spectacle of the day in itself. And as with the fashion show, along with friends, families and peers, watching carefully from the stalls are industry reps with an eye for talent. And what incredible talent this showcases. With digital animation being an integral part of film, TV, computer games, advertisements, music videos – and pretty much every form of visual media known to man – the futures of these highly skilled artisans are likely to be as exciting 10

as their computer generated creations themselves. Before they even graduate, many students will have worked on film or TV projects (usually as part of a team) already – and by this point, despite the painstakingly hard work and long days involved, wild horses wouldn’t keep them away from the industry. Highlights this year were the noticeable increase in 2D (as opposed to the more popular 3D) films, on show, as well as more from

Images A range of Level 3 work, by (Clockwise from bottom-left) Jennie Dex, Sam Miller, Christa Barraquias, Robert Hewlett and Charlotte Gillbanks

the growing Games Art course. For more (and to view the excellent trailer/showreel...), check out www. uhanimation.co.uk/2009/2009animation-expose

The Show Must Go on Premiering that same evening with a private view, the end of year Degree Show – sprawling throughout the labyrinthine Art and Design building – is an annual exhibition of artistic work from

across the entire Faculty. Drawing upon the University’s aviation heritage, this year’s show was entitled ‘Take-Off’– conceptualised by themed promotional literature, with the invitations taking the form of boarding passes (complete with arrival/departure times etc.). A nice touch – and fittingly creative prelude to the exhibition that followed. Encompassing the results of such degree courses as Fine Art, Product Design, Digital and Lens

Fancy getting your hands dirty? Check out the extensive list of Art and Design/Film and Media degrees and short courses on offer - and maybe even exhibit at next Summer’s Degree Show yourself! Who knows where it might take you? www.herts.ac.uk/courses/ subjects/art_and_design/ short_courses.cfm 11


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Getting down to business Staking our claim as one of the leading ‘business-facing’ Universities in the UK, Futures goes beyond the buzzwords, to let you know both what this means, and how you can be making the most of our expertise. Our new regular Business Services feature kicks off as the first part of two articles this issue, looking at how we can help you to counter and conquer the effects of our retrenched economy.

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he Recession. The Credit Crunch. The Pinch. The Big www.herts.ac.uk/ Squeeze. Ever since businessservices our cleverest economists spotted it coming our way – hurtling through the fiscal void like a metaphorical meteorite on a collision course with our pecuniary foundations – the current downturn has been referred to as many things. But whatever you want to call it – and whether you’re somebody who either obsesses over the latest forecasts, or who is sick to the back teeth of hearing these near copyrightable media monikers – it’s something we’re all feeling the effects of. Particularly if you’re running (or thinking of running) your own business. Indeed, who at the moment can’t empathise with Tom Cruise’s soletrading sports agent, Jerry Maguire, when screaming “Show me the money!” at his last remaining client down the phone? And businesses – like Mr Cruise himself – need the

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tenacity, the passion, the tools and their ‘people’ to keep them at the forefront of their game decade after decade. And as an alumnus, forget not, that we here at the University are your ‘people’; the bearers of expertise, contacts, influence and advice that can help make all the difference at times like these. So to make access to all of these elements as easy as possible, the University has purpose-created services, designed to do just that... The University of Hertfordshire Business Services * support an advantageous link between businesses and academia. Working in collaboration with local companies and departments/ faculties across our campuses, these innovative services can provide help on everything from creating effective marketing plans, to areas such as industrial design and statistical analysis – and are your link to such things as skills training, specialist facilities, and networking opportunities. And it

is these services’ collaboration with industry and commerce that underpins the ‘business-facing’ reputation that the University has garnered in recent years. It’s not about looking at businesses from afar, but being right there working with them. Ever since the Technical College was founded through its relationship with the de Havilland Company nearly 60 years ago, we have built upon this model. Not just in terms of incorporating mentorship and work placement as a key part of our teaching and learning strategies – but in carrying on providing these links with industry to (and through) our graduates once they enter the workplace. One such initiative is the three-way business collaboration known as a ‘Knowledge Transfer Partnership’. The KTP programme utilises government funding to place a highly skilled graduate into a business. Known as a KTP Associate, they then carry out project-based work which gives the

company access to the University’s expertise in a new field. A successful programme was recently entered into by Herbert Retail Ltd (a market leader in weighing and labelling solutions for major UK supermarkets), who worked with a graduate from the School of Aerospace, Automotive and Design

Above Three members of the Q&A panel at the successful Beat the Recession event in April this year

Engineering to further develop the company’s operating systems. As a result of this partnership, Herbert Retail expect to make a saving of £350,000 p.a. at a time that couldn’t be more beneficial to them. But Business Services are not just about investing in programmes on this sort of level. In April of this year for example, they drew in both University-wide expertise and external partners to showcase a successful evening event at the Weston Auditorium, pitched specifically for small and start-up companies. Entitled ‘Beat the Recession: Take Positive Action’, more than 200 attendees were inspired by the personal story of keynote speaker Sahar Hashemi – co-founder of Coffee Republic – before she joined a Q&A panel of 5 other business experts (including Roger Lewin – Senior Partner at Clydesdale Bank, and alumnus Matt Saunders – MD of the Fat Cat Group and co-founder of the Moleface Pub Company). With workshop sessions, stand-holders, and partners including Business Link and Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, incredible feedback from the event has secured the planning of a similar one taking place this October. Look out for details in our e-futures newsletter in the coming months. fÈ

University of Hertfordshire Business Services Take advantage of the University of Hertfordshire’s innovative services to improve your business performance and profitability Research and Development – access more than 2000 areas of specialist knowledge Consultancy – from creating marketing plans to design and prototyping Develop your team – unlock your people’s potential Work with Students and Graduates – from work placements to graduate vacancies and project work

Specialist facilities and workspace – including venues for meetings right through to sophisticated analysis and test equipment

Events – from informative conferences and workshops through to networking meetings across every industry sector Website: www.herts.ac.uk/businessservices Email: bpo@herts.ac.uk Telephone: 01707 286406

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futuresÈ RETROSPECTIVE

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1959. Four hundred miles, five students, one lawnmower… and a petrol-sodden haggis. This issue, Futures looks back at the anniversary of one of the most sleepdepriving, element-bracing, traffic-congesting, and derrière-numbing tests of engineering to have hailed from the Technical College era… The foolhardy ‘Operation Matador’.

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hrough the ages, ever since the dawn of pedagogy, man has always done crazy things whilst at university. At the same time as the environment nurtures and moulds some of the great minds that will go on to lead and inspire mankind – it also gives them the oncein-a-lifetime opportunity to cut-loose, throw caution to the wind, and emboldened with youthful optimism, try things that are just plain bonkers. Like, say, travelling 400 miles non-stop on a lawnmower for a total of four days and three nights, perhaps? Wednesday 6 May this year marked the 50 year anniversary of exactly such a feat - when five ‘Hatfield Tech’ students decided to ride a lawnmower on a continuous, 400 mile journey from Edinburgh to London. Being students of engineering – and former employees of the de Havilland Company – the project wasn’t as random as it may seem however. By pushing the machine to extremes; running it through day and night, wind and rain, town and country, the young engineers - John Wilson, Mike Smith, Hugh Tansley, Tom Hudson, and Mike Savage – wanted to test the overall reliability of a small petrol engine. But first, they

had to find the right specimen. After contacting various manufacturers, the mower they decided upon was a Ransomes ‘Matador’ – supplied by the company (today known as Ransomes Jacobsen, who still produce a somewhat higher-spec ‘Matador’ in their range), along with their backing and support. Advertised as ‘a powerful mower for hard work’, the Matador with its one-piece pressed steel frame, and air-cooled four-stroke engine, provided the ideal combination of power, strength and lightness – with only one minor modification needed to provide enough lubrication to go 400 miles without stopping. And so, ‘Operation Matador’ was set to go. Setting off from Edinburgh Castle – the rest of the team closely following in their Bedford Dormobile – the five students took shifts to sturdily trundle along at a congestionfriendly top speed of 3mph. Re-fuelling on the move, carrying a haggis in the grass-box, the journey took them down the A68, across the border, and down the A1 to London – travelling through most of the town centres (being before the age of the dual carriageway) en-route. Having travelled through four days and three nights

Above 1959 The Operation Matador team sets off on their 400 mile journey Below 2009 50 years later, the team reunite for a ceremonial re-enactment of their feat

without a single hitch, 99 hours later the Matador arrived at Hyde Park, London, to present the Keeper of the Royal Parks (a Scotsman) with the now petrolsoaked haggis. Greeted by the press and television crews, the triumphant team mowed a ceremonial strip of Hyde Park grass. And so, on 6 May this year, the Operation Matador crew – now all in their early 70s - were reunited at College Lane to celebrate 50 years since their epic and gruelling journey. Representatives from Ransomes Jacobsen attended, bringing with them a replica of the old 1959 Matador for the team to ride once again. After this, the five returning alumni presented the Vice-Chancellor with a symbolic memento (a haggis, naturally), before going onto Hyde Park to bestow a similar gift on the current Keeper of the Royal Parks. This time around however, the team’s journey was undertaken in slightly more traditional transport – despite the fact that although somewhat uncomfortable, back in 1959 their trusty mower didn’t let them down once in the entire trip. Unlike their Dormobile ‘support vehicle’ however – which for the record, broke down four times. fÈ

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The hidden campus It occurred to me while I was picture sourcing for e-futures a couple of months back, that despite the huge extent of photos we have in our image library, only a fraction of the University is represented there. Don’t get me wrong – everyone loves a good, neon-tinged shot of de Havilland at night – but for many of you, it’s the used and battle-scarred buildings and work spaces that represent what you will always think of as your campus. Walking around some of the older buildings, you get a real sense of timelessness... many locations deep in the College Lane underbelly, structurally unchanged in the past 50 years or so; a tapestry of 20th Century architectures and period history that you will perhaps never have seen unless studying a particular subject. And so, to celebrate those humble and most utilitarian of spaces, here is a snapshot from deep inside the hidden parts of campus... SC 16


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GLOBAL FUTURES

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Africa. A beautiful, breathtaking and still largely untamed part of the world. Which is why as well as set up an official Kenyan Alumni Association, 2007 Tourism Management alum Ekta Shah hopes to keep it that way...

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eturning home to Kenya after graduating two years ago, alumnus Ekta Shah spent 12 months travelling all around her homeland – and in doing so, experienced all manner of operators from luxury tours to rough and ready backpacking. And viewing the tourism industry through a new, learned pair of eyes – apart from conservation centres such as Daphne and Sheldrick Giraffe Centre – Ekta soon saw a reoccurring theme continuing throughout her travels. “I quickly learnt of the negative effects tourism is having on the surrounding environment.” She explains. “As a result, I realised I needed to make a change. That is when I started African Sojourn Ltd.* ” African Sojourn Ltd is a tour operator with a heart and a wider purpose – specialising in personalised and eco-friendly tourism around Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa. “My goal is to incorporate aspects of tourism planning and development to ensure that this industry is

sustainably developed without exploiting the resources which allow tourism to exist. I also want to promote and develop tours which help to conserve the surrounding environment and wildlife.” And as well striving to change the way in which the tourism industry operates, Ekta has also volunteered to start the latest international graduate chapter, as President of a new official Kenyan Alumni Association. “Today, I see how my experiences at the University of Hertfordshire have prepared me. From the students to the lecturers, everyone I met had some sort of a positive impact on me.” If you are a graduate who is living in or will soon be returning to Kenya, and would like to join your own chapter of the University’s Alumni Association, Ekta would love to hear from you. Please contact her at ekta@africansojournltd.com to help grow a social network in your country fÈ

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Herts is leaping up the league tables* – and you were there first. Time to show off a little.

www.uhshop.co.uk * Source: The Complete University Guide, published 30 April 2009 in the Independent newspaper. Placed 45 out of 113 universities, the University of Hertfordshire has gone up nine places since the previous year.

S Heart and Seoul

Sporting a string of Gold medals, alumnus Gobi Ranganathan is a force to be reckoned with on the professional disabled badminton circuit. And with the world championships approaching in Seoul this September, second year journalism student Anthony Myers caught up with him during his busy schedule to find out more about his incredible on-court successes...

ince disabled badminton champion Gobi Ranganathan graduated in 1999, the University has transformed. He believes: “The facilities are amazing now. The buildings are more modern and accessible. The whole place is wheelchair friendly and looks like a well-run university”. Gobi, a Computer Engineering Graduate from Stevenage, returns to the University on a very regular basis as he is able to train at Hertfordshire Sports Village several times a week for free. This is indeed a great help as he is self-funded, competing in the sport that has taken him Europe-wide for two years. Gobi first started playing badminton at school and joined the badminton club at UH. He also played socially, but it wasn’t until his discovery by coach Philip Gray that Gobi was encouraged to play competitively. “Philip spotted me with a view to setting up a badminton club for the disabled, but then realised I was just as good as able-bodied players, so I joined the Knebworth Badminton Club”. Since then, Highways Engineer Gobi has entered numerous tournaments, including representing England at the 4 Nations Disabled Championships, for which he is the current Men’s Singles Title holder. In addition to this he has also won 23

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the Men’s Double event three times. Indeed, he hasn’t lost a domestic game in over a year. His last defeat was in Dortmund, Germany, last May at the European Disabled Badminton Championships, where he was beaten by the world number one Dutchman Quincy Michielsen. “A lot of wheelchair-users who play the sport come from Holland, Germany and Israel. Many Israeli’s are ex-military, who have suffered accidents and injury and take up the game. But it is disabled tennis and basketball that are considered more glamorous and popular”. In order to promote the profile of badminton, Gobi visits the large club based in Nottingham. There, he helps young players to improve

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Nurse? Accountant? Fighter Pilot? Send us your profile, and let all those who knew you back then read about what you’re doing right now… Liu XiaoMei

Year Graduated: 2005 Course Studied: BA (Hons) Finance Current Employer: KPMG Malaysia Area: Malaysia My degree in finance with first class honors and best academic achievement award definitely earned me the chance to be interviewed by KPMG and other big corporations. When I first started working in KPMG, it was a dream come true. Working in the Financial Advisory Service in a Big Four accounting firm, advising merger and acquisition is everything I have ever wanted. Years of hard work had finally paid off. Even now, every morning, when I start working, I always feel grateful, and that gives me momentum to strive for my best. Many people think one must possess a certain innate gift to become a top performer. However, I realised that all you need is diligence and courage to face your weaknesses and improve them. There is no smooth sail to success, and the price of top-level achievement is extraordinarily high. It is inevitable that not many people will choose to pay it, so your willingness to do so will distinguish you all the more.

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their game. “I want to pass on my experience to build a team and so others can challenge me, it could become boring winning all the time.” The night before a big match, Gobi insists on his own room if travelling with his parents. “I like to chill out, focus, think about the game ahead. The last thing I need is being told when to get up and what to eat.” He undoubtedly needed to be prepared for his ‘grudge match’ in Northern Ireland last November, against his fiercest rival and doubles partner, Ryan MacDonald. “I had beaten Ryan controversially at the last tournament in Scotland, so he had a score to settle. He had been training hard, his serves were spot-on. I on the other hand hadn’t been playing well and knew I had my work cut-out.” Yet a triumphant Gobi comfortably beat his foiled opponent 21-15, 21-14. 24

Mick Harvey

Year Graduated: 1984 (BSc) and 1990 (MBA) Course Studied: BSc (Hons) Environmental Studies and MBA Current Employer: Self-employed Area: Northamptonshire I consolidated my first degree with an MBA. In order to gain man management experience I worked at a County Council in middle management. Redundancy led me to return to self-employment. I ran a successful gardening business until arthritis forced me to sell up and start a less physical enterprise. I obtained a level 3 teaching certificate and taught psychology to O and A level at a local education institution. This was shortly followed by obtaining a Diploma in IT and tutoring ITQ at a local Adult Learning Centre. I now provide IT support to private individuals and research family history. On a personal level I got married had 3 children, got divorced and have been happily living with my current partner for the past 8 years. My two girls are at Uni and my son is at catering college. I look forward to hearing from old friends.

The amount of hours the gold medallist trains equals a gruelling 16 hours a week. “My trainer Kelly, has recently ramped-up my training, to the extent I often feel sick. I circuit the court as fast as I can in order to enhance endurance and speed. Then, I’ll do shot practice.” Fortunately, the hard work is paying off as there’s been a noticeable improvement in Gobi’s

Above Alumnus Gobi is the current Men’s Singles Title Holder at the 4 Nations Disabled Badminton Championships

all-round play. Despite all the training, competing, working, travelling to home and away matches with QPR and writing a column for the football club’s programme, Gobi is off to Dortmund again this month and hopefully - if he can raise the funds - to Seoul for the World Championships in September. We wish him all the best. fÈ

Haseeb Ashraf

Year Graduated: 2007 Course Studied: Distributed Systems and Networks Current Employer: Vodafone UK Area: UK Being part of the University has a lot to offer for researchers and scientists. I believe that the best career move I ever made was to join UH as a student. I have been a Software Application Specialist at Vodafone UK for a year now, and have come to realise how much the University of Hertfordshire has to offer to students who are looking for a career in IT. The Masters degree programme taught me about different careers and gave me strong business and technical knowledge. I was involved in different Societies where I socialised with people from very different backgrounds. Many of my friends are still at Hertfordshire, which allows me to keep in touch with the student life I left behind! I am enjoying the start of my career with Vodafone which I achieved thanks to Hertfordshire’s interesting courses and motivating lecturers. All in all, I had an amazing 1 year at university. I wouldn’t change it for the world!’ 25

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Gemma Harris

Year Graduated: 2005 Course Studied: Digital and Lens Media Current Employer: Webcatch Area: Nottingham During my BA (Hons) in Digital and Lens Media, we were taught the basics in a range of media, including photography, film and interactive media. With my underlying interest in the interactive I choose to concentrate on this, establishing myself as a new media designer. In 2008 I decided to take the plunge and co-manage a young and upcoming web agency; WebCatch. With most web agencies offering either great design or amazing functionality we decided it was time the two were brought together as one complete package. As a company we offer everything you would expect from a web agency, from web design and development, to our in-house e-commerce solution with all the trimmings. UH played a great part in where I am today, through encouragement and guidance from tutors, to experiencing life and of course making lifelong friends. www.webcatch.co.uk.

David Whale

Year Graduated: 1992 Course Studied: BSc (Hons) Computer Science Current Employer: Thinking Binaries Area: UK On joining Hatfield Polytechnic, I gained access to the degree programme via HND first year top grades. My industrial placement was developing software at Neotronics, and I returned as a graduate for 3 years. In evenings I taught computer courses at local establishments, and turned this into a full-time role for 4 years. I returned to industry, first working for Wavedriver developing software for electric vehicles, and then 8 years at TTPCom in Cambridge. Here, I set up a worldwide training division, was part of a large team developing software, and also developed in-house databases. In 2006 I set up a software consultancy, allowing me to share my experiences and knowledge with a wider customer base. I recently joined the UH Alumni mentoring scheme and hope that through this I can give-back a little to the establishment that gave me the confidence and experience to launch into what continues to be an exciting and rewarding career.

Siraj Al Islam

Year Graduated: 1999 Course Studied: LLB (Hons) 2 Year Accelerated Programme Current Employer: Baker Botts LLP Area: Saudi Arabia After graduating, I went to Saudi Arabia and spent about a year, teaching English. On my return to the UK, I ended up doing a credit reconciliation job at a company called ISS UK Limited. ISS, sponsored my block learning LPC course which I did over two years and successfully completed in October 2002. I started my MA and secondment to Blake Lapthorn in October 2002, and my daughter Aisha was born then as well. It was a great challenge. I completed my training in May 2004 and went back to ISS, as it’s General Counsel (the youngest GC of a major international organisation, aged 28). I gained my MA in October 2004. I sadly left ISS at the end of January 2007 and joined Eversheds LLP and subsequently Clifford Chance LLP and I am now specialising in Islamic Finance at Baker Botts LLP, one of the best American law firms.

Terry Sadler

Year Graduated: 1988 Course Studied: Fine Art Current Employer: Volunteer on visual arts projects Area: Hertfordshire After a career in advertising and raising a family, Terry enrolled in 1984 on the first Hertfordshire Fine Art degree course, then located at the Herts College of Art and Design in St Albans. On graduating in 1988, the training and enthusiasm for the visual arts resulting from the course, combined with administrative experience from earlier days in advertising, led to a virtually full time involvement as a volunteer on various visual arts events and projects. First she set up ArtWorks with a group of fellow Herts graduates, and became involved in the organisation of the new Hertfordshire Visual Arts Forum, setting up and running the Herts Open Studios event for 9 years. In 1995 and 2000, she ran two Art at Work in Hertfordshire Awards with UH, and became project manager on several scultpure commissions in the county. 26

John Gyeni

Year Graduated: 2006 Course Studied: Business Administration Current Employer: Macmillan Cancer Support Area: London When I first left University with a BA Honours in Business Administration, I was caught in two minds: whether to start a business or whether to find a job. I love business, but with bills to pay, I decided that accounts would be the best field for me, and found a job through an agency. After seeking some advice, I started an ACCA accounting course. I am now into my 2nd year, and am currently working within accounts for Macmillan Cancer Support. I have also finally started my own business: www.findmyhouse. co.uk (selected to pitch at the UH Angels entrepreneurial event this year). Findmyhouse is not an estate agent but we provide access to high quality accommodation to undergraduates, postgraduates and young professionals working primarily around the area of Hatfield. I thought the hard grafting was in university but that was evidently, just the beginning. University, however, has set me up for the new challenge called, ‘life’.

Neil Hamiton Barrie

Year Graduated: 1970 Course Studied: Computing Science Current Employer: Koike Europe BV Area: Norway After failing almost all of my ‘O’ levels, I moved to a Civic College in Ipswich, where within one year I achieved grade A, ‘A’ levels. I had a very progressive teacher, who recommended ‘Computing Science’. I will never forget my first day at Hatfield College of Technology. We had a computer from the stone age, but what was most important were the 2 industrial experiences. When I graduated in June 1970, I had 8 jobs to choose from!!! Hatfield College of Technology helped my career, by giving me the real basics in Systemizing. I have always been very proud to state I am from Hatfield College of Technology and one of the first to achieve a Degree (Honours) in a period that was very explosive! Even, today, the knowledge I obtained during 1966 - 1970 has been of great help, and provided me with the necessary understanding for the future. Clearly, the best educational years of my life! Thank you Hatfield College of Technology!!!

Linda Radford

Year Graduated: 2008 Course Studied: PhD Mathematics Current Employer: Self-employed Area: Hertford I graduated in 1971 with a BSc (Hons) as a pharmacist, and this has been my permanent career. An interest in astronomy prompted me to apply for an MSc course at Hatfield Polytechnic in 1979, but I was told that my mathematics knowledge was inadequate and that I should join the Open University. It was during that time that I met Professor Alan Davies (of UH). I completed my BA(Hons) degree in mathematics in 1982 and was employed by the Open University as an associate lecturer. My interest in mathematics grew and I was awarded an MSc in 1988, through part-time study at Kings College London. Alan and I had remained friends and in 1996 he suggested I should consider applying to undertake research for a PhD at the University of Hertfordshire. The final year was tough as I was writing my thesis at the same time as being Mayoress of Hertford, but I was awarded my PhD two weeks before the Mayoral year end.

Jan Dowman

Year Graduated: 1986 Course Studied: BA Fine Art Current Employer: UH Faculty for the Creative and Cultural Studies Area: Hertfordshire Looking back now I realise just how much my life changed as a result of the years spent as a student on the very first BA Fine Art course at what was then the St Alban’s School of Art and Design. For me not only was it a challenging and fulfilling period, it was also the start of a new career both as artist and teacher, continuing still at Chisenhale Studios in Bow, London, and teaching at UH on the Open Studies course, in which I really believe and have many fond memories of. One of the reasons we all became so close must surely be that we were embarking on a whole new enterprise, facing the problems together as a team, and were determined to overcome the challenges and criticisms. I would really like to once again thank all our tutors who believed in us, especially Graham (Boyd), without whom it would not have happened. fÈ 27


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‘...But nobody’s recruiting at the moment.’

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Whether you’re honing your first ever CV to debut in the professional world – or having to blow the dust off one you haven’t looked at in 20 years – applying for jobs is especially tough right now. Concluding our recession-themed ‘one-two’ on how we can help you to take the best path through such tricky climes, we look at how Graduate Futures is working alongside employers and alumni mentors to guide those that are currently seeking employment... particularly at a time when everybody’s saying...

midst all the topical scaremongering - fervently fuelling both conversational opinion and panic decision-making - we’ve all heard this said more than a few times in recent months. But this brash, sweeping statement is of course not wholly true. The AGR’s (Association of Graduate Recruiters) in-depth vacancies survey in February showed that employers predicted just a 5.4% decrease in the number of graduate jobs for 2009 - proving that somewhere in-between cold, hard facts and tepid, woolly media reports, lies a reality that while many employers have indeed had to tighten up their recruitment campaigns for a while, jobs do still need to be done. And although undoubtedly more of a challenge than it was around a year ago, equipped with the correct advice, the sharpest tools and the right attitude, there are still plenty of career options out there. Fear not; all is not lost, and despite an economic downturn, the nation hasn’t relinquished the need for its entire workforce just yet. What it definitely does mean however, is that the job market is a far more competitive place to enter into at the moment – demanding that applicants really step up their game when entering into the fray. Which is why the Graduate Futures team have been focusing on providing both students and alumni with a far deeper support programme during the current recession period. And as usual, they haven’t been slow off the mark. Because the

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team work closely with employers from companies across a large breadth of sectors, they are riding every wave in the market like the Kelly Slaters’ * of the careers ocean... ready to tackle and counter any swell or break ominously rolling in over the horizon.

Fair Game Even as you are reading this, a host of support initiatives are already running; many of them since late last year, with the last Autumn Careers and Recruitment Fair in November (2008) welcoming nearly 400 students and alumni. Attended by a range of different companies – including CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), Royal Mail, United Playground (a charitable organisation for African communities) and Selex Galileo (electronic sensors and airborne systems) – this was a fantastic networking event for both exhibitors and visitors. The good news is the Fair will run again this coming autumn, when it is expected to be an even bigger success, so be sure to look out for this year’s line up...

Conference Call

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Another recent highlight was the Careers and Alumni Conference, which took place in the Weston Auditorium in February. Run jointly by Graduate Futures and the School of Humanities, a 2 hour line-up of keynote speakers – many of them alumni of the School – gave talks on their career paths into the popular areas of media, recruitment and education. Among them were alumni Hashi Mohammed (BBC journalist and producer), Aylin Halil (of Drummond Recruitment), Kelly Boreham (Verulam School in St Albans), and the University’s Humanities MA Programme Tutor, Dr Jane Singleton.

It’s all in the preparation A great way many of you have been utilising Graduate Futures expertise is by attending one of the many hands-on skills workshops

they have been running – and will continue to run – throughout the year. Examples of areas covered include advice on being successful in an interview, how to make your CV effective and impactful, how best to utilise online search engines, and guidance on writing that most daunting of job-seeking prospects; the perfect application form.

Been There... (Bought the SU T-Shirt...) The team have also been instrumental in setting up the Alumni Mentoring Scheme (and e-Mentoring Scheme); working with those of you who are in a position to advise students following in your footsteps on the best practice to launch their careers. Providing imminent grads with a professional sounding board like this (either face-to-face or purely via email) has created some great success stories – and your experience has made all the difference to fresh minds with bright futures ahead of them.

Raw Materials But perhaps the most effective way that Graduate Futures can provide support is through the resources they can provide you with at their base camp in the MacLaurin Building (on Hatfield Business Park, opposite the de Havilland Campus). The team offers one-toone consultations with a Careers Consultant at ‘significant points in career planning’ – and also hosts a resource library which includes careers and employment coaching DVDs. The range of specialist texts they can provide covers all aspects of the employment market, such as ‘Turn Redundancy to Opportunity: Proven Techniques and Programmes for Taking Charge of Your Own Future.’ For more information please visit the Graduate Futures website: www.herts.ac.uk/ graduatefutures, email graduate.futures@herts.ac.uk, or call them on: 01707 284791 fÈ

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UHArts and Galleries Programme Autumn 2009

Visual Art Eastern Approaches 2009

Wed 20 May – Wed 30 Sept Hatfield House 01707 287010 / open.sculpture@herts.ac.uk

Visual Art courants – contre – courants Image: UH Galleries private view

Serge Cleménts Wed 2 Sept – Sat 3 Oct Margaret Harvey Gallery 01707 284290 / uhgalleries@herts.ac.uk

Visual Art Uneasy Persuasion

Group show curated by Jamie Roberts from Carter Presents Fri 11 Sept – Sat 17 Oct Art and Design Gallery 01707 284290 / uhgalleries@herts.ac.uk

Image: Still Breathing

Drama At War with Churchill SCAMP Fri 2 Oct 7.30pm

The Weston Auditorium 01707 281127 / uharts@herts.ac.uk

Music Tasmin Little: The Naked Violin

Laura Oldfield Ford Fri 20 Nov – Fri 9 Jan 2010

Film Family Film Club and Workshop: The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (Hessler, UK/USA 1974)

Aylwin String Quartet And the Birds Sang Too

Film The Adders Youth Film Festival and Awards

Art and Design Gallery 01707 284290 / uhgalleries@herts.ac.uk

Sun 20 Dec 1.00pm

The Weston Auditorium 01707 281127 / uharts@herts.ac.uk

Isabel Chaplis and Karis Stretton Piano Music: Images and Impressions

The Weston Auditorium 01707 281127 / uharts@herts.ac.uk

Dance Still Breathing

Music County Youth Orchestra

Fri 23 Oct 6.00pm

The Weston Auditorium 01707 281127 / uharts@herts.ac.uk

Sat 24 Oct

Dance/Comedy Fhlip Fhlop Rannel Theatre Company Thur 29 Oct 7.30pm

The Weston Auditorium 01707 281127 / uharts@herts.ac.uk

Visual Art Britannia: States of Emergency

2FaCeD DaNcE Company Sat 21 Nov 7.30pm

The Weston Auditorium 01707 281127 / uharts@herts.ac.uk

Film Ricky

(Francoise Ozon, FR, 2009) Tue 24 Nov 6.30pm

With pianist Neil Brand Tue 3 Nov 6.00pm

The Weston Auditorium 01707 281127 / uharts@herts.ac.uk

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Wed 9 Dec 7.00pm

Music Hatfield Christmas Carol Concert The Weston Auditorium 01707 281127 / uharts@herts.ac.uk

Music de Havilland Philharmonic

Music James Mayhew Children’s Concert

Visual Art Open 2009

Sun 8 Nov 3.30pm

Wed 9 Dec – Wed 23 Dec

The Weston Auditorium 01707 281127 / uharts@herts.ac.uk

The Weston Auditorium 01707 281127 / uharts@herts.ac.uk

Margaret Harvey Gallery 01707 284290 / uhgalleries@herts.ac.uk

Visual Art The Big Draw

Music de Havilland Philharmonic

SCAMP Sun 18 Oct 1.00pm

The Weston Auditorium 01707 281127 / uharts@herts.ac.uk

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Children’s Drama/ Literature Stickman

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Margaret Harvey Gallery 01707 284290 / uhgalleries@herts.ac.uk

The Weston Auditorium 01707 281127 / uharts@herts.ac.uk

Sun 11 Oct 7.30pm

Image: At War with Churchill

Curated by Roger Hargreaves Wed 21 Oct – Sat 21 Nov

Film German Expressionism and Silent Films

Film Young Film Critics’ Award Image: Art and Design Gallery

Visual Art Majority Reports: America, Amateur Photography and the Internet

New releases from UHR and Infuse

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The road most travelled

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ypsies first arrived in England and Scotland around 1500 and were soon the subject of hostile decrees by the state in an effort to expel them or put an end to their migrant lifestyle. Wandering bands of foreigners were viewed with the utmost suspicion and heightened people’s fear of vagrants who were outside economic and social control systems. All over Europe, Gypsies were hounded from place to place and viewed with extreme prejudice, culminating in the Nazi race laws of the twentieth century and the extermination of around twenty-five per cent of the total population of Europe’s Gypsies, estimated at 220,000 individuals. UH Press has recently published Gypsies Under The Swastika, which details the fate of the Gypsies during Nazi rule. Where the Gypsies had actually come from is much debated and seems unlikely ever to be fully resolved because there is so little hard and fast evidence. What is 32

Jane Housham, UH Press Manager

Photo by Simon Evans from his book Stopping Places (UH Press, 2004)

Welcome to the new section of Futures devoted to the activities of University of Hertfordshire Press *, the University’s publishing company. We currently produce around fifteen new books a year and we sell our titles around the world. In future issues we’ll be looking at some of the different areas we publish in, from local population studies to theatre history, but the subject for which we’re probably best known is Romani Studies – in other words, books about Gypsies and Travellers...

not in doubt is that the Gypsies originally left northern India about 1000 years ago – the similarities between Romani and Hindu dialects have been known since the eighteenth century and the gradual dispersal of the Gypsies out into the Middle East and across Europe can be tracked by linguistic analysis. Today Gypsy lifestyles have changed with the times, although their culture is remarkably resilient. Many have settled in permanent houses, sometimes in order to enable their children to get a stable education, sometimes due to a lack of stopping places where they can stay without continual harassment. Such settled Gypsies often talk about their sense of dislocation and unease within four walls. Others live in trailers on permanent sites or continue to travel around the

country, even though the seasonal work, mostly agricultural, which once dictated their movements has largely dried up. This recent history is movingly told in Stopping Places, our bestselling Gypsy title. In the UK today, English Gypsies and Irish Travellers are the two main groups, alongside Roma people who have come from Eastern Europe. Our latest title, Nomads Under The Westway by Chris Griffin, is about the community of Irish Travellers living under the A40 flyover in West London. Gypsies are often unjustly vilified and discriminated against. They are the last ethnic group whom it seems can be insulted and criminalised without restraint. Contrary to the popular view that Gypsies are dirty and promiscuous, in fact they live according to strict self-imposed rules of cleanliness and carefully controlled sexual behaviour, ostracising those members of the community who break their strong taboos and prohibitions. Gypsies consider non-Gypsies, or Gadjos, to be unclean and many of their attitudes towards wider society, including their wariness of the education and health systems, are tied up with a strong reluctance to be polluted by non-Gypsy practices. They are an ethnic minority whose very sense of identity at the deepest level depends on keeping themselves separate, and yet they are also economically dependent on providing goods and services to non-Gypsies, which necessitates a degree of contact with them. The ensuing tension reinforces the need for constant reaffirmation of their separateness. Thus wellmeaning efforts to assimilate them into the dominant society are often met with hostility. The Gypsies have often been seen as valuable subjects for anthropologists to

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study and have the advantage of being conveniently close to home. But, increasingly, academics are aware of the political dimension of studying Gypsies and can find themselves negotiating an awkward line between exploitation and support. It’s vital that Gypsies are given their own voice and the opportunity for self-expression, instead of always being the object of other people’s studies. At UH Press we publish books written by Gypsies as well as books about them. The title of Ian Hancock’s forthcoming collection of essays, Danger! Educated Gypsy!, encapsulates the widespread fear and suspicion of Gypsies who find their voice and use it. Professor Hancock is director of the Romani Archives and Documentation Centre at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been a professor of linguistics since 1972. In 1971 he was the first Romani in Britain to graduate with a PhD. Another book in the pipeline is Maggie Smith-Bendell’s moving autobiography, Our Forgotten Years, which records her life on the road with her family over many decades. Mrs Smith-Bendell is well-known as a campaigner for Gypsy rights. We also currently have a call out for contributions to an anthology of work by young Gypsy writers and plan to publish Young Romani Voices to coincide with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month. GRT History Month is a relatively new initiative supported by the government which aims to educate people about Gypsy history and culture and politics. Once you find out the facts behind the trailer sites and roadside encampments, it’s difficult to see the Gypsies in purely black and white terms any longer. fÈ 33


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Alumni AssociationÈ Continuing futures…

From 1952 to present day, if you’ve walked through any of the sets of doors on our campuses in the name of erudition, then you are an official, fully-fledged ‘alumnus’ of the University of Hertfordshire. (And yes Wall Hall-ers, Hatfield Tech engineers, ex-staff, Bayfordbury star-gazers etc., we are talking to you!) But what exactly does that mean?

a-lum-nus [uh-luhm-nuh s] –noun, plural –ni A graduate or former student of a specific school, college, or university All across the globe, once any student has graduated, their university instantly begins to talk about the automatic, lifelong membership of their very own ‘Alumni Association’. A seemingly exclusive and elusive sect of worthy individuals - perhaps akin to the likes of the Knights Templar, and about as fathomable as the Da Vinci Code itself. Ok, so you may have studied – or indeed worked – here, but you didn’t ask to be an ‘alum’, an ‘alumnus’, or even an ‘alumnae’ for that matter! You didn’t undertake any sort of initiation? Didn’t go to Harvard or UCLA? You don’t even have a secret handshake that you’re aware of? So what exactly is this antiquated-sounding ‘association’? – and why would you want to be a part of it anyway? Well firstly, being one of our alumni is what each of us has in common with each other. It doesn’t matter what you studied here, when you studied here, or what the logo said or looked like at the time – the learning experience stemming from these Hatfield campuses has always been the same; preparing students not just with the knowledge, but with the ‘soft’ skills that are key to success in any chosen industry. Working closely with organisations in all sectors – to give the future workforce hands-on experience – has been a strong element of our learning ethos from the onset; from the first apprenticeships with the de Havilland Company, to vocational courses with the Council’s Social Work teams, and even students https:// undertaking special effects work on major Hollywood blockbusters alumni.herts. (such as the Harry Potter and Batman films). In this respect, ac.uk

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absolutely nothing has changed across the years. And continuing to make the most of these links with business after graduation is one of the main benefits of being a part of your Alumni Association. The Association gives you a support network of more than 100,000 fellow graduates, and a wide breadth of professional expertise to tap into here on campus. It’s about making the most of the events constantly taking place around the calendar - talks, concerts, careers fairs, lectures, reunions, short courses, plays, film screenings, networking opportunities – and of course it’s also about becoming a part of your on-line alumni community *... an easy way to stay regularly connected. Being part of the Alumni Association is about exclusivity, reminiscence and pride. It’s about being an important part of the University’s lineage, with benefits both to you, and to future generations of students who you may be able to advise and inspire from time to time. It is indeed about an ‘automatic, lifetime membership’ – which you have rightly earned from your time studying with us. But perhaps most importantly, it’s a celebration of what you have gone on to achieve since graduating – and the successes you will undoubtedly continue to see in all of your futures. Kate Bellingham President of the University of Hertfordshire Alumni Association

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