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Quarterly International Office Magazine


















A summary of news stories from around the University including success in our MA Film and Television programme. From 2019, the University of Hertfordshire will have a double degree programme with Murdoch University in Australia. We meet James Perrin, Head of International Partnerships as well as celebrate a recent award from the Qatari Embassy. We look back at the recent Professional Law Networking Event held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The University has attracted a massive £6 million in investment for Hertfordshire Science Partnership.

We’ve achieved the top gold ranking in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2018. The TEF award is the Government’s assessment of teaching excellence in higher education; ranking institutions as bronze, silver or gold. The gold award recognises the outstanding teaching at the University and marks an uplift on last year’s submission (TEF 2017), in which the University was ranked silver. The gold award is valid for up to three years. Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire, said: ‘I am extremely proud that the University of Hertfordshire has been awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2018. ‘This award recognises our students’ excellent progression rates to employment and that students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes. Our success is testament to the commitment of my colleagues to transform our students’ lives through expert teaching and a challenging, inclusive curriculum in a business-facing, research rich environment.’ Teaching expertise sits at the heart of the University of Hertfordshire; all course curricula is informed by research, business and the professions and 79% of the University’s academic staff hold Fellowships of the HEA (Higher Education Academy), compared to the sector average of 39%.

We look at our recent WhatUni nomination and interesting story regarding our Cyber Security Centre. This time from former INTI Student, Melissa who went on to work for global brand Unilever. For this editions Academic Team in Focus, we meet the School of Creative Art’s Film and TV teaching team.







For this editions Academic in Focus, we meet the School of Creative Art’s Howard Berry, the Head of Post-Production for Film and TV. The University has been announced as a finalist for the Global Teaching Excellence Award 2018. The University announces some updates to it’s postgraduate Adult Nursing degree entry requirements.





Four pages looking back at School of Creative Art’s final year degree shows, Headlines Festival! The best social media content about the University of Hertfordshire from the past few months.

The University of Hertfordshire is keen to support its international students to study in higher education, to that effect we have many different types of scholarships to make sure we can support as many students as possible. Our current portfolio of scholarships include; Country Specific scholarships, Sports scholarships, Merit scholarships and School scholarships. I am pleased to share that we have introduced a new scholarship in our school of Health and Social Work, which is available to our international students. Anyone interested in finding out more on this scholarship should contact the International Office and a member of the team will be able to talk through this with you. Continuing with the School of Health and Social Work I am also pleased to share that the MSc Adult Nursing program is now available to international students. This is a two year program and will allow successful graduates to then be eligible to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional register as an Adult Nurse and will be legally entitled to practice within the NHS! Last but not least the University of Hertfordshire has been selected as one of the finalists for the prestigious Global Teaching Excellence awards. I am very proud of this nomination and this recognition attests to the high quality of teaching that the university offers. The University has been committed to employing staff with experience and a background in the subjects they teach which has ensured that the teaching that takes place is of the highest standard and is relevant to industry, which supports our over 96% of students who are either in work or further education within six months of graduating.

Sayaz Miah

Head of International Recruitment




MA Film & Television alumnus Mart Bira wins award at Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards.

The University of Hertfordshire has secured a £168K grant to continue its contribution to the world-leading Human Brain Project, a ten-year, €1-billion European Commission research initiative.

The International Office has some new appointments in senior roles within the team.

Mart’s MA major project, Nomadic Doctor, won the award for the Best Student Short at this year’s awards which took place at the Charlie Chaplin Theatre, Raleigh Studio in Hollywood. The awards are part of the Documentary Monthly Film Festival, which includes a yearly red carpet interview and live screening alongside the awards ceremony. Mart said: “The award ceremony event was wonderful. I had the opportunity to watch many great documentaries and met many talented documentarians. I got to experience my first red carpet interview with ABC News Radio too!

The prestigious Human Brain Project, one of the two largest scientific projects ever funded by the European Union, aims to achieve breakthrough insights into how the human brain works, to help advance neuroscience, medicine and computing.

Read more about the Film & Television degrees at the University of Hertfordshire on Page 10.

Starting with the University of Hertfordshire as the International Officer for Africa, James quickly progressed to the Regional Manager position overseeing both Africa and the Middle East. Following a competitive recruitment process, we are proud to announce that James Perrin has been selected as the University of Hertfordshire’s new Head of International Partnerships.

This substantial award will fund a team of researchers led by Dr Michael Schmuker in the School of Computer Science, to continue their research translating processes found in the brain into algorithms to help build faster, more efficient computers. To do this, Dr. Schmuker’s team makes use of socalled neuromorphic hardware that mimics parallel computing processes found in the human brain.

“I’m overjoyed that my documentary has also won a Remmi Winner at 51st Annual WorldFest-Houston International film festival and I will be screening my film on 16th May at the Short Film Corner, in Cannes!” Programme Leader for MA Film & Television, Chris Chandler, said: “Mart is a gifted documentarian who richly deserves her award win. She was a lively and engaged student who made sure she got the best out of all of the teaching staff!”

Head of International Parterships

Regional Manager: South Asia & UK

Shu Hampson has joined the University of Hertfordshire after leading UK international recruitment at BPP University. Prior to this role, she was a Recruitment Manager for BPP. Shu will be overseeing the South Asia market as well as UK based international recruitment. Shu has filled the vacancy left when Mr Sayaz Miah was promoted to Head of Recruitment. Dr Michael Schmuker, Reader in Data Science at the University of Hertfordshire said: ‘We are extremely proud to be part of this ground-breaking EU initiative, delivering leading research in the area of neuromorphic computing’. ‘We are committed to deliver first-class research-informed training for our students in these future technologies, preparing them for jobs at the forefront of modern technology.’


MURDOCH PARTNERSHIPS From 2019 the University of Hertfordshire’s business students will have the opportunity to split their studies between the UK and Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. The creation of a double degree undergraduate programme between the two institutions means that domestic and international students will be able to complete 18 months study in each location, and graduate with a degree from each University. Julie Newlan, the University of Hertfordshire’s Pro-Vice Chancellor (Business and International Development) said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with Murdoch University. As a leading business-facing University we are particularly proud of our strong international partnerships and we look forward to giving students the opportunity to experience both business and education in the UK and in Australia. “The launch of this new double degree programme allows students to access high quality teaching from two corners of the world, developing the knowledge,


skills and attributes fundamental to succeeding in the global business environment today.”

An international experience for students Murdoch University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor for International, Lyn Karstadt, said the partnership recognised the increasingly global focus of business for which international mobility and networks were important preparations: “This international experience will expose students to diverse economic, political and cultural perspectives and help develop the global mindset they will require to become successful future business leaders.” The new programme will start in 2019 and double degree students will be able to study for a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Hertfordshire and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Murdoch University. The degrees will incorporate units such as international management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

‘Exciting opportunity for ambitious and internationalfocused students’ Michael Rosier, Associate Dean (International) for the Hertfordshire Business School said: “This programme represents an exciting opportunity for ambitious and internationally-focused students seeking a dynamic educational experience which prepares them for the global job market.​ Students will also have access to placement opportunities in both locations to help provide experience and contacts to further enhance their career prospects.” New degree programmes in other disciplines are now also being considered as the University of Hertfordshire’s partnership with Murdoch University continues to develop.

MEET THE TEAM - JAMES James Perrin – Head of International Partnerships. James is responsible for developing new transnational education (TNE) partnerships globally and working with existing partners to ensure a University of Hertfordshire degree programme is delivered to the same quality standards abroad as it is in the UK.

James joined the University of Hertfordshire in 2014 and started his first internationally facing role - International Officer for Africa and Middle East. He was subsequently promoted to Regional Manager following successful first 2 years. Many of you will know James from this role which he occupied until his recent promotion to Head of Partnerships.

James holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Lancaster University which is located in his home town in the North West of the United kingdom. His career working in Higher Education also began at Lancaster University where he worked in several roles across marketing, recruitmentand student services. This included nurturing partnerships with UK schools and developing student focused projects with Lancaster’s partners in South and East Asia. Prior to working in Higher Education, James worked in a specialist school for boys with special educational needs.

During his time with the University of Hertfordshire James has travelled extensively across his regions in Africa and Middle East but has also supported in South East Asian markets. James has said: “I have really enjoyed my experience at the University of Hertfordshire, it is a dynamic and exciting organisation to work for and I have progressed quickly in my career with the support of the University. I have been given wide exposure to so many countries and I have met some wonderful people around the world. This experience has given me a great foundation for my new role as

Head of International Partnerships and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.” To get in touch about International Partnerships, contact James, who is Head of InternationL Partnerships,


QATARI SUCCESS University of Hertfordshire is the first university in the UK to be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Qatar Cultural Office. The certificates were presented to Penny Carey, Dean of Hertfordshire Law School at the University of Hertfordshire and International Officer Jumana Al Jayoosi. The certificates recognise the outstanding efforts that the University has made, and continues to make, to support students from Qatar and is the first time that any UK university has been so honoured.

Qatar’s Assistant Cultural Ambassador, Fahad Al Kuwari, said: “We wanted to recognise the great work the Law School and International Office do to support our students. Jumana, and the whole team behind her, work to understand our culture and she is a fantastic link between the University and the Qatar Cultural Office.” Julie Newlan, Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and International Development said: “The University of Hertfordshire is a truly global campus with more than 80 nationalities represented. We work hard to ensure our students have a really global experience.”


LAW NETWORKING Our inaugural alumni Professional Networking event was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 1 March 2018. The event focused on the Law industry and aimed to connect together alumni with established careers in the sector, with recent graduates and current students looking for advice on how to shape their careers in the legal profession. A key-note address was made by Mrs Penny Carey, Dean of the Hertfordshire Law School, on the importance of a cross jurisdictional law education in today’s globalised society, and informative and interesting insights were given by a panel of four Hertfordshire alumni with successful Law careers.


This was followed by a networking reception enabling all guests to converse further, sharing experience, knowledge and insider tips. Many thanks in particular to our four alumni panellists for sharing the ups and downs of their career journeys so honestly, Miss Yi Wen Ng (LLB 2012), Miss Cindy Kui (LLB 2010), Mr James Monteiro (LLB 1995) and Mr Simon Sabapathy (LLB, 1995). Want to find out more alumni events at Herts? Contact the International Alumni Relations Manager, Felicity Bond on

£6 MILLION PARTNERSHIP On Thursday 29 March 2018, Richard Harrington MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy, formally launched the Hertfordshire Science Partnership at the University of Hertfordshire. The Hertfordshire Science Partnership (HSP) is an innovative collaboration between the University of Hertfordshire and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). It leverages state-of-the-art science facilities and academic expertise, at the University, to boost the dynamic pharmaceutical, life sciences and agri-technology sectors in the East of England. The HSP also fosters partnerships with world-renowned research institutions and is supported by Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst, BioPark and RoCRE Rothamsted. As part of this pioneering scheme, researchers in areas of medicines development, agri-science, biomedicine, and advanced materials are partnering with innovative businesses; helping them to research and develop new technologies, and translate their discoveries into high-value products and services. The HSP is focused on equipping a new generation of businessfacing researchers to deliver industry-ready solutions to address two of the nation’s strategic challenges: high-efficiency food production and new precision healthcare technologies for our ageing population.

Delivering Ambition Business Minister Richard Harrington said: “Through our modern Industrial Strategy we are investing an extra £4.7 billion – the biggest single increase since 1979 – into research and development to build on the UK’s already world-leading scientific strengths and ensure our expertise remains at the forefront of pioneering research. “The partnership launched between the University, Hertfordshire LEP and local businesses will help deliver on this ambition, bringing together our world leading business leaders, with strong institutions and the best academic minds to create new opportunities for collaboration across the region.”

Support for local businesses Local businesses can utilise the resources that the HSP offers in a variety of ways; small and medium sized enterprises from the region can commission bespoke research via a graduate researcher training scheme, access help and funding in bringing their product to market, access research design services to drive innovative science, and rent our state-of-the-art lab facilities and equipment housed in the University of Hertfordshire’s science building. Professor Darragh Murnane, Director of the Hertfordshire Science Partnership, said: ‘We’re aware that many companies

are struggling to access funding, and scientists, to undertake the fundamental research they need to develop new products, and may be frustrated in their ambitions to develop innovative ideas and technologies. ‘The University of Hertfordshire is a powerful resource of specialist researchers with the right attitude to partner with scientists in business and drive innovation. The Partnership will offer new opportunities to small and medium sized enterprises to access exactly the same research and innovation activities that are often only available to large industries. Our goal is to unlock opportunities to this otherwise hidden talent.’

‘The Hertfordshire Science Partnership is a pioneering approach to partner businesses and academia’ Mark Bretton, Chair, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: ‘The Hertfordshire Science Partnership is a pioneering approach to partner businesses and academia to achieve commercial outcomes by bringing cutting-edge scientific R&D to market. It is this outcome that is at the heart of what we are trying to achieve by developing a Local Industrial Strategy that plays to our key sector strengths and champions innovation.’ By integrating researchers from academia and business into a shared development team, HSP is pioneering a new approach to research partnerships that harnesses the power of academic creativity to navigate the pitfalls of industrial innovation cycles. The Partnership is expected to facilitate 28 knowledge exchange partnerships by 2023 and will result in 28 collaborative PhD projects.

Funding the Hertfordshire Science Partnership The project has secured £1.45m funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund. Hertfordshire LEP invested £2.5m of funding from Growth Deal 2 into this project in 2016, with a further £1.45m of ERDF funding in 2017. The University of Hertfordshire has sourced additional investment from industry bringing the total partnership funding to £6m.


POSTGRAD SUCCESS The University of Hertfordshire’s provision for postgraduate students has been shortlisted in this year’s Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs). The awards are voted on solely by students and are a clear demonstration of the satisfaction of postgraduate students with the University. Jo Stuart, Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Hertfordshire, said: ‘Our aim is to give our postgraduate students the tools they need to fulfil their career ambitions, connect with industry and have a great experience with us. It’s a great honour that students have acknowledged our efforts and voted for us.’

universities in the postgraduate category. The award winners will be announced on Thursday 19 April at the fifth annual Whatuni Student Choice Awards in London. The glitzy evening will be presented by well-known stand-up comedian, Katherine Ryan. Eleni Cashell, Editor of Whatuni, ‘Being nominated for an award is a huge achievement, because the only judges at the WUSCAs are the students themselves. It showcases to both prospective students and the higher education sector that your institution offers value for money, provides a good student experience and has a highly satisfied and supported student community.’

More than 36,000 students voted in this year’s awards More than 36,000 students voted in this year’s awards, which included 12 categories covering different areas of University life. The University of Hertfordshire is one of 10 shortlisted

HERTFORDSHIRE SECURES FUNDING TO DEVELOP CYBER SECURITY PROJECT The University of Hertfordshire has secured a £14k grant from Innovate UK to develop a cyber security system focused on the UK business market place and specifically SMEs – an area that suffered close to 1 million attacks last year. The Threat Assessment Model for Information Environments (TAME) can be used by businesses to help them assess how much cyber security is necessary for their business, enabling businesses to operate and provide services to people safely and effectively, whilst protecting their privacy and data. The grant originates from a funding competition organised by Innovate UK in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for cyber security academic startups. The aim of the competition was to identify the best commercial opportunities in academia in respect to cyber security. Two month project Using the funding grant, TAME will carry out a two month project aiming to develop TAME into a web-based learning platform, providing businesses with an efficient, portable and scalable solution for managing their critical threats.


The startup will be supported by the University of Hertfordshire with a view to ultimately deliver a

commercial cyber security company. Dr Stilianos Vidalis, Senior Lecturer from the School of Computer Science, said: ‘The cyber security marketplace is heavily dominated by USA companies. However, cyber security is a global issue and specific threat environments exist in specific areas.’ ‘TAME is specifically designed to understand the threats against the business information environment. This environment is complex and ever changing, requiring the constant analysis of data feeds. TAME has a review cycle that can be incorporated into the overall business governance process and will in addition help business tackle GPPR issues.’

ALUMNI STORY Melissa chose a UH INTI programme because it offered a compact year of teaching covering classroom learning, coursework and thesis submission. She was also attracted to the dual qualification she would receive, which would carry weight in both the Malaysian and European job markets. One of Melissa’s favourite aspects of the course was the variety of nationalities and backgrounds from which her fellow students came, which generated lively debate and interesting discussion in class. She found her UH INTI lecturers friendly and approachable, with the programme tutors encouraging an ‘open door’ approach with their students. Melissa’s UH INTI qualification led directly to her successful application to the Malaysian office of one of the world’s largest multinational companies, Unilever, as a Global Graduate trainee in Marketing. The role had a lengthy and competitive application process, with Melissa’s dual academic qualification from both a

British and Malaysian institution helping her stand out against other strong applicants. Melissa feels the insights she gained from her programme tutor’s personal experience, as senior professional marketing managers before they become academics, has been crucial to her success and understanding of her current role. Melissa has these words of advice to prospective UH INTI students: “Choosing a qualification from the University of Hertfordshire will make you stand out in a competitive Malaysian job market, and help kick start your career.” Want to feature an alumni in Go International? Contact the International Alumni Relations Manager, Felicity Bond on


ACADEMIC TEAM IN FOCUS With major film and TV production studios such as Warner Bros. Studios Leavesdon, Pinewood Studios, and Elstree Studios just 45 minutes from our campus and London’s thriving creative industries just a short train ride away, students can take advantage of our fantastic location, stellar connections and brilliant industry opportunities while they study. Our Film and Media degrees are based on our College Lane campus, with specialist course-specific facilities and equipment conveniently located within our creative village, which is made up of five different buildings housing state-of-the-art equipment and industry standard software. The School of Creative Arts encourages experimentation and cross-collaboration, meaning that students on any course are free to use equipment and work with students from all other creative disciplines, allowing boundaries to be broken and ensuring creative visions are realised. At the University of Hertfordshire, we offer 2 key subjects within the Film & Television team. Undergraduate BA (Hons) Film & Television (Production) Postgraduate MA Film & Television Production Teaching team The Film & Television (Production) teaching team is led by Lyndsay Duthie, an award winning media educator and television executive producer, specialising in factual formats and documentaries. Lyndsay’s career began at ITV where she spent 10 years originating and producing hit programmes from talk shows through to documentaries on death row, becoming one of the country’s youngest series producers aged 23. Lyndsay went on to found her own company, Ice Blue Media. Lyndsay has also served on the Board of Directors for Women in Film & TV and is a speaker/judge at events such as Royal Television Society, International Emmys and Sheffield DocFest.

Lyndsay is co-author for The TV Studio Production Handbook published by I.B Tauris (2016). Lyndsay is particularly interested in gender in media, working closely with Women in Film & TV (WFTV). She is also on the executive committee for the Royal Television Society (RTS). In addition to Lyndsay, the programme is supported by a series of academics with both research and professional career experience. Cannes Film Festival For the fourth year running, students on the Film & Television programme attended Cannes Film Festival. The 71st Cannes Film Festival kicked off in May, and University of Hertfordshire Film & TV students were part of the action. Thirty three first, second and third year filmmakers headed off to the world’s most prestigious movie event to get up close and personal to the business of film. This year marks the fourth year in which students have attended the festival where they observe the global film community hard at work. The festival houses thousands of distributors, producers, sales agents and deal-makers who spend long days competing fiercely to buy and sell a vast array of movies for the coming year. Industry links January 2018 saw eight final year students from the Film and Television programme receive a special invitation to London from acclaimed film director and UH honorary doctorate holder Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). At Warner Brothers De Lane Lea, the leading sound post-production studio in Europe, the students were given exclusive access to the sound mix for Mike’s newest film, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

THE GRADUATE’S VIEW JULIANA MILIUT, GRADUATE (MASTER’S DEGREE) “I learnt everything I needed to know to step into the film industry in a successful way on the MA Film and Television. The tutors at Hertfordshire are industry professionals who create leaders, not followers, encouraging students to think outside the box and develop their talent and creativity.”



“As an aspiring cinematographer, I have been heavily aided by the course’s well-equipped loan store and the knowledgeable technicians who run it, as well as frequently using the incredible on-campus television studio for both single- and multi-camera productions. The access to equipment and technical staff has greatly increased my confidence while beginning my career in the industry.”

ACADEMIC IN FOCUS HOWARD BERRY: SENIOR LECTURER FILM & TELEVISION (PRODUCTION), SCHOOL OF CREATIVE ARTS Howard Berry is the Head of Post-Production for both the Bachelor’s and Master’s Film and Television degrees at the University of Hertfordshire. Howard’s area of teaching specialism is in film editing, postproduction workflow, colour correction and grading, motion graphics, encoding and finishing. Not only does Howard have a wealth of teaching experience, showcased by his ‘Tutor of the Year’ award given by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, he also has numerous credits on professional productions. Teaching and research interests Howard’s main interests lie in local film history, specifically the history of the various studios in Elstree and Borehamwood. Howard has worked with BBC Elstree, who operate out of the first studio to be opened in the area in 1914, which continues to be used for the production of primetime television including EastEnders; and Elstree Studios where Star Wars, Paddington and The Crown have been filmed. As a result of these interests Howard formed a large oral history project - The Elstree Project - to document, archive and share the stories behind the various studios. To date over 60 interviews have been recorded and the work has been broadcast via BBC Three Counties Radio, included in publications by StudioCanal and Network Releasing, and also through public events including a presentation at the BFI for the centenary of filmmaking in the towns. Howard has interviewed some of the biggest names in the industry, including multiple Oscar-winning film and sound editor Walter Murch, acting stars Simon Pegg and Sir Roger Moore and blockbuster Hollywood director Steven Spielberg. Howard’s other big interest is the work of local director Stanley Kubrick, who lived and worked in Hertfordshire for over 35 years; including many years making films in Elstree and Borehamwood’s studios. Howard has produced work for the BBC, Warner Brothers, the Kubrick Estate and the Deutsches Filmmuseum based on the work of Kubrick, and is an expert in particular of the production history of The Shining. As a close friend of the Kubrick family, Howard has spent five years researching how The Shining was made, produced a highly acclaimed oral history of the film, and organised the official 35th anniversary reunion screening of the film. An official book on the making of the film, organised by Pixar film director Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3, Coco), will be released in the coming year, and Howard was lead researcher. Professional work and expertise Howard has credits as a visual effects editor for major features including ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’, ‘Kick-Ass’, ‘Angels &

Demons’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’. Howard also worked on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, HellBoy II: The Golden Army and has filmed and edited for the BBC and Radio 4 on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This impressive catalogue shows the high calibre of teaching that students will receive at the University of Hertfordshire from staff actually working within the film and television industry.

Howard with British TV and Movie Star, Brian Blessed

Howard with former James Bond, the late Sir Roger Moore

Howard goes on a Space Odyssey In February 2018, Howard travelled to Frankfurt to the Deutsches Filmmuseum to attend the opening of a very special exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Howard has since been asked by BBC’s The One Show to recreate the iconic slit-scan stargate sequence from the film, using practical techniques similar to those used by the original production team. With a team of students and staff in the School, a camera track and a sliding image rig are being assembled in the TV studio in order to create the long exposure footage needed. This work is ongoing and will be screened on BBC One at some point in June.


GLOBAL RECOGNITION University of Hertfordshire announced as finalist for top international teaching award. TThe University of Hertfordshire has been announced as a finalist for the prestigious Global Teaching Excellence Award (GTEA) 2018. The award recognises institution-wide commitment to the pursuit of teaching excellence and is held in association with both Advanced HE and Times Higher Education. Following a rigorous review and selection process, the University has been selected as one of 17 finalists, alongside universities from Switzerland, Spain, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Finalists from the UK include the University of Birmingham and the University of Derby. The University’s submission focused on the value the institution places on attracting, developing and celebrating outstanding people; providing excellent teaching and the level of student support

provided at all points in the academic journey. Dr Helen Barefoot, Deputy Director of the Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre said: ‘We are delighted that the University has been shortlisted for the 2018 GTEA. As a leading businessfacing University we are particularly proud of the commitment of our people to world-class teaching and to ensuring students graduate with the skills and attributes required to succeed in the global work environment today. ‘Employing staff with expertise in research, the professions and business ensures we are delivering innovative courses and students have access to live industry projects and work-place learning. Over 96% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating with us.’

The finalists all provided exemplary evidence of their commitment to the pursuit of teaching excellence and it is so important to recognise and reward this on a global stage. Great teaching galvanises staff and students. It also has far-reaching implications for society as a whole. The GTEA 2018 finalists deserve to be recognised – and celebrated!’ The GTEA 2018 overall winner will be revealed at an award ceremony in Edinburgh on 18 July. This year for the first time, five of the finalists will also receive a GTEA Spotlight award recognising a particular aspect of an institution’s teaching excellence.

Alison Johns, Chief Executive of Advance HE, said: ‘The quality of submissions for GTEA 2018 was outstanding.

NEW HEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS’ FINANCES The University of Hertfordshire is offering new scholarships to undergraduate students applying to study health and social work courses from September 2018. There are two types of scholarships available to potential students; the University of Hertfordshire Trust is supporting scholarships of £9,000 (£3,000 per year of study) available for undergraduate health and social work courses. These include all areas of nursing (adult, child, mental health and learning disability), midwifery, social work, physiotherapy, paramedic science, diagnostic radiography, radiotherapy and oncology. Further scholarships are available for Adult Nursing students, sponsored by The Roerig Trust, of £4,500 (£1,500 per year of study).


Funding for the scholarships has been sought and obtained in recognition of the importance of the health and social work professions, and in the hope that it will encourage more people to consider these rewarding professions.

Jackie Kelly, Dean of the School of Health and Social Work, said: “At the University of Hertfordshire we are committed to investing in the health and social work professions. These scholarships are one of the ways we are supporting students to access these professional qualifying programmes of study. In doing so, we are enabling our students to fulfil their ambitions by entering into rewarding careers and ensuring the professions are provided with the next generation of highly skilled professionals.” The scholarships are open to all potential students who have confirmed the University of Hertfordshire as their firm choice of university; they will have until 29 August to submit their scholarship application. Potential students will need to submit a 300 word statement stating why they wish to enter the health and social work professions, their reasons for wanting to study at the University and why they would benefit from additional funding for the duration of their degree. Applicants should also consider how they meet the NHS values for health programmes and the Health and Care Professions Council’s core values for social work programmes and reflect these in their application statement.


‘NO NURSING DEGREE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION’ The programme offers a myriad of exciting and rewarding experiences that will build on your current knowledge and life experiences and help you to make the most of the opportunities available to you as a student and eventually a registered adult nurse. As a student on this programme your learning will help you to make a difference not only to the individual service user and his/ her family but to the whole health care team and organisation. The programme offers students the chance to develop knowledge associated with altered anatomy and physiology as well as manage the complex challenges associated with the psychology and sociology of health and ill-health. This scientific understanding will be combined with opportunities to learn how to develop human relationships effectively with a diverse range of people, many of whom are vulnerable and need support that is unique to them. Students will develop critical thinking skills and will be able to appraise and apply complex evidence to their learning in order to make rational decisions relating to patient care and professional judgement. Why MSc Adult Nursing? This 2 year full time programme is especially designed for people who already hold a first degree wishing to become registered nurses. At the end of the programme students will be ready to take a key role in delivering and leading high quality care for service users. Students do not need a nursing degree to study on this programme! Students will also help service users make well-informed decisions relating to their health care needs and preferences by focussing on communication, professionalism, team working and leadership skills. 50% of learning will occur at the university studying the theory of nursing and 50% of learning will occur in practice placements so that you can integrate what you have learned and are “fit for purpose” in today’s health care settings. Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register as an Adult Nurse and will be legally entitled to practice.

Placements during the programme Students will experience a wide variety of clinical settings including for example: • • •

Acute Care settings such as general and specialist surgical wards, medical wards, accident and emergency departments etc Community based settings such as working with district nurses in service users own homes or in facilities such as GP practices, nursing homes or community hospitals. Students may be placed in settings such as hospices and other private or voluntary organisations which care for a variety of medical conditions and illnesses and health care needs.

Careers in the Health Sector Once students have completed the programme and registered with the NMC, most people get some experience as a staff nurse, usually within community or in-patient organisations operating within the NHS, voluntary and independent sectors of health. The opportunities are endless but some ‘typical’ career options are presented below. Some people are keen to remain working directly with service users in clinical areas and seek promotion to senior staff nurse or ward sister / manager roles, where their expertise is used to lead care given by a team of nurses. Some adult nurses develop particular clinical skills and knowledge that will allow them to become specialist nurses in a given area of care (e.g. district nurse, clinical nurse specialist or nurse consultant). Some nurses develop interest in research and education and opt to pursue educationally focussed careers within the NHS or in further and higher education institutions such as the University of Hertfordshire. They still retain their professional registration and unique identity as an Adult Nurse but are involved in advancing nursing knowledge and influence through research and education. Applying to the programme It really is important that students can articulate why they want to be an Adult Nurse when they apply. They can find out more about adult nursing by reading professional journals such as Nursing Times or Nursing Standard. These can be purchased through High Street shops or on-line.



SONIC HERTS MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES STUDENT SUCCESS Sonic Herts is the annual music festival hosted by the University of Hertfordshire and run by its staff and students, showcasing a broad range of music and performed by students, staff and special industry guests. With 18 different concerts, spanning over two weeks, musicians took inspiration from all corners of the globe to bring together a fantastic festival in conjunction with exclusive sessions led by prominent industry professionals on the subject of women in the audio industry. From the Long Beach wind symphony all the way from California State University in the USA, to a performance of traditional Indonesian instruments, this years’ festival had it all! With a special performance from celebrated singer and violinist Alice Zawadzki, performing songs from her critically acclaimed debut album China Lane, as well as material from an upcoming release, those that attended were treated to an incredible two weeks of music that left us gasping for more.

The University of Hertfordshire offers a large number of music orientated courses, including Music Production BSc (Hons) and Audio Recording and Production BSc (Hons). Many such courses are Industry Accredited by JAMES, who represent the Association of Professional Recording Services, the Music Producers Guild (MPG) and Associate Industry Bodies. Graduates of these courses have gone on to work for companies such as Soho Sonic and Sony and are well on their way solidifying strong careers within the audio industry. The final act of Sonic Herts this year was ‘Pan-demonium!’, a collection of Caribbean performances played on the traditional steel pans of Trinidad and Tobago, arranged by Lecturer Dave Smith and performed by second and third year students. It was a wonderful way to round off two weeks of incredible music performed by a multitude of talented students, staff and guests alike.

INDUSTRY RECOGNISED FILM FESTIVAL FOR FINAL YEAR PRODUCTIONS! The BA Film and Television (Production)’s annual showcase of final year films was once again an afternoon to remember. The 2018 Visions Festival brought together the 13 films produced by our final year students, from film noir, to whacky comedies, to a thought provoking documentary, this years’ selection truly demonstrated the incredible talent that our students have developed over the past three years. The University was incredibly lucky to have a number of awards sponsored by prominent figures and companies within the Film and Television industry, including Warner Brothers, ITV and renowned director Mike Newall (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). These awards were awarded in conjunction with prizes that included industry software, academic resources and even internships, to help our students progress even beyond graduation. The Warner Brothers Award for Production Design this year was awarded to Turkish student Istem Yalcin for her role as Production Designer in the ‘Sci-Fi Rom-Com’ There and Back Again (2018). Istem’s attention to detail and commitment to production design was a credit to her team and an inspiration to other international students looking to get a foot in the door of the competitive world of film and television. Istem had this to say about her time at Herts, “As an international student, I’ve found everyone in my class very welcoming and friendly. I particularly enjoyed working on There and Back Again with a great team.


I’ve learned so much from being at the University of Hertfordshire both from the amazing staff and the friends I’ve made here.” As the refreshments diminished, roses were awarded, and photographs taken, the evening drew to a close for another year. Previous graduates from the course have gone on to work for world renowned companies, including Industrial Light and Magic and Warner Brothers, the latter of which the University holds a unique partnership with. This partnership offers final year students the chance to win scholarships and mentoring opportunities within the company to help develop their skills further before stepping out into the professional creative industry. performed by a multitude of talented students, staff and guests alike.

Istem Yalcin, Production Designer - There and Back (2018)


SUCCESS FOR OUR GRADUATES IN DIGITAL ANIMATION AND DESIGN Animation Exposé is the University of Hertfordshire’s annual festival showcasing the work that our students have produced from all of our Digital Animation courses. This year students and staff were treated to talks from some incredible companies across the games, visual effects and animation industries, including Slurpy Studios, Rebellion and Industrial Light and Magic. These talks were proceeded by the student film showcase where we had the pleasure of viewing a wide range of impressive projects that truly highlighted the sheer talent that is developed on these courses. The industry talks that had been arranged for the Exposé were a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain an insight into the various career paths that lay ahead of them as they head into the world of employment. It also gave students the chance to question professionals about the ins and outs of the digital

animation industry and even do some networking to further their undoubtedly bright futures. A number of students from Hertfordshire have gone on to work for these fantastic companies and so it was incredible to have both students and industry professionals all showcasing their work under one roof. The whole day was rounded off by the much-anticipated awards ceremony where the industry professionals were joined by Hertfordshire Alumni and to present a number of awards, including the Games Art Award, Visual Effects Award and the ultimate ‘Grand Prix’. The event was a huge success, and everyone had an outstanding time – it’s wonderful that so many prominent members of the digital animation industry were able to come and support the awards for another year and we cannot wait to see where our new graduates will find themselves in the near future.

HERTS HEADLINES DEGREE SHOW TAKES OVER UNIVERSITY CAMPUS The annual Degree Show sees the School of Creative Arts transformed into expansive exhibition spaces for one week, showcasing some of the hottest emerging talent across our undergraduate creative courses and selected postgraduate courses. The evening always promises to be impressive and engaging and this year was no different. From breath-taking models and sculptures from our various Model Design courses, to immersive art exhibitions from our Fine Art and Art Therapy courses, the degree show this year let us step into creative landscapes where we could escape reality for a short time. Past students from our Model Design courses have used this ability to evade reality to work on major feature films such as Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), or at some of our local major film studios, such as Pinewood. The Degree Show also acts as an opportunity for students to network with industry professionals, who are invited to a special viewing of all final year projects. This is the perfect chance for students to get a foot in the door to an ever-growing industry, and with the standard of work produced by Hertfordshire students being so high, over 95% of our Creative Arts graduates find work or are in further education within 1 year of graduation. Once again, the week was an incredible success and acted as an ideal opportunity for students to show off their work not only to potential employers, but also to each other, offering the chance


for students to discuss collaborations and future projects as they take their first steps out of University and into the real world. The Creative Arts facilities at Hertfordshire not only worked fantastically as exhibition spaces, but also give our students the chance to truly thrive in a positive, professional environment, with industry standard equipment, facilities and software across all of our Creative Arts subjects.


You can watch one of last year’s films from Film & Television on our Vimeo:











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Go international Summer 2018  

Go International issue #4, summer 2018.

Go international Summer 2018  

Go International issue #4, summer 2018.