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This is Herts. Your guide to everything UH 2018-2019

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome you as you start your journey here at the University of Hertfordshire. The University is here to support you, from your first days as a student right through to graduation, to ensure you get the most out of your time here.


As students, you are at the heart of our academic community. We encourage you to learn from each other and the variety of perspectives represented in our diverse community. You will have endless opportunities to learn, explore, meet new people, gain valuable life skills and, obviously, to have fun! We are here to support you along this exciting journey of development and discovery, and hope you look forward to the great times ahead.

Join with us in upholding the values we embrace as an academic institution, creating an environment that is respectful, supportive, and welcoming to all. I wish you the greatest success in your studies with the University of Hertfordshire and hope that you enjoy everything our community has to offer. Go Herts! Professor Quintin McKellar Vice-Chancellor

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Contents Welcome from VC


Welcome from SU


Introducing the elected officers


Access all areas

Campus life Places to go

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Get around town Map

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Battle of the campuses


Find your way


Discover Hertfordshire


Hertfordshire annual festivals



Staying well Straight from our students


What to expect


Here for you


Uni must-haves


Being a Herts student: Getting settled

Eating well Meals out or in

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Meal planning


Freshers’ Fair



Get stuck in Go Herts


Money advice Get confident about finance


Sign up


Student perks and discounts






Study abroad


Work it!


Get active Active Students

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 Hertfordshire Sports Village



Work/study balance Working for the University


Study life Stepping up

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How to keep organised


Using a reading week efficiently


Learning Resources Centre


Year planner 2018-2019 Semester A 69 Semester B



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Welcome from your Students’ Union! As a student here, you automatically become a member of the Students’ Union (SU) meaning you can get involved with everything we have to offer at the SU. This includes over 130 societies, an advice and support centre, events and activities, volunteering opportunities, the Forum Hertfordshire night club and the EleHouse, your oncampus bar and kitchen. At the Students’ Union we represent you and your academic interests through 600 student reps, part-time officers and also your full-time elected officers. They lead the work we do and ensure that if you have any issues on your course or related to your studies that these concerns are heard by University staff. We are a non-profit charity, led by students for students and do our best to put you first in everything we do. Every penny you spend with us goes back into your student experience. We hope we can make your student experience here at Herts amazing. 6

Meet Anis... Tell us a little bit about yourself Anis: I’m a Law graduate from UH, currently working as the President Community. I am a debater, a model UN goer and an amateur guitarist! I’m an optimistic person, and I love travelling, cycling and running. What do you love the most about HertsSU? Anis: I love the way everyone communicates in the SU; If you need something, just give us a shout and we’ll always do our best to help you out – everyone is here to help. I am looking forward to representing the underrepresented groups of students and building that sense of community across the University.

Anis Aman President Community

What’s your ideal way to spend the weekend? Anis: Being with my friends in Santorini, Greece. Going scuba diving, trying new food, unreal scenarios, what else can I ask for! Meet Zaina... Tell us a little bit about yourself Zaina: I’m Zaina, President Education. I started the role as a Literature Masters student and have a Literature degree from UH.

Introducing the elected officers

What do you love the most about the Students’ Union?

What small thing makes your day better?

What do you love the most about the Students’ Union?

Zaina: The fact our doors are huge and always wide open for anyone to come in and have a chat about anything they need our help with.

Zaina: A caramel frappé from one of our on-campus Starbucks outlets.

What fictional place would you most like to go?

Tell us a little bit about yourself

Zaina: Immortality Field Resort from Rick and Morty, and I would take with me all the UH Rick and Morty fans with me so we can chill.

Amal: I’ve completed my second year in Law and have taken a sabbatical year to run as an officer. An interesting fact about me is that I served as a Naval Officer for the Indian Navy.

Amal: I love the fresh and ‘can-do attitude’ of the SU and I want to make sure that every student has the chance to make great memories and learn new things here. My goal is for every student to graduate with more than just a degree and I’m working hard to make that a reality. (Check out page 20 to find out more…)

Zaina Hakim President Education

Meet Amal...

What small thing makes your day better? Amal: Making someone smile. So many people work really hard at what they do and one smile can go a long way in appreciating that. What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years? Amal: Learning more about who I am, what I’m capable of, learning new skills and meeting more amazing people. Amal Jolly President Activities

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What is it? It’s not just a slogan on the back of your new hoodie! Go Herts captures our community spirit, both on and off campus and around the world, while celebrating our success. What success does Go Herts celebrate? All of our achievements! From the amazing sporting victories of our Athletic Union, to the groundbreaking discoveries made by our researchers, not to mention the outstanding achievements of our enterprising students, alumni and staff.


How can I get involved? Got something great to shout about? Use #GoHerts in your social posts and make sure you tag us so we can share your achievements and positive moments. And wear your hoodie with pride!

Let’s be friends /Uniofherts / @uniofherts @hertssu @Universityofhertfordshire @Hertfordshiresu @uniofherts @hertssu Make sure you tag us and use #HertsFreshers #GoHerts

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Access all areas Your student ID card

All your hard work has paid off, and you’ve made it to Hertfordshire! Once you’ve registered you’ll really know you’re part of the UH community as you’ll have:

Keep it safe If you lose your ID card you’ll need to pay to get a new one, so look after it! New cards can be obtained from the Student Centre located in the Hutton Hub on the College Lane campus.

• Your FREE Go Herts hoodie • Your FREE copy of the Connect Reading Programme book (see page 24) • Your timetable

Update us Keeping your contact details up-to-date is vital to getting the best experience possible. It is your responsibility to make sure they are correct, so just log on to your student record to make any changes.

Remember Your attendance at teaching sessions is crucial to ensure you make the most out of your time here. Remember to tap your ID card on any of the ‘Check In’ points around campus each day so we know you’re around. The best students tend to be the ones who have the best attendance.

• And your student ID card This ID card is essential for life on campus and you should carry it with you at all times. It will give you access to all the buildings and facilities you’ll need, especially the Learning Resource Centres (LRCs). Plus you’ll need to ‘check in’ each day at one of the points across the campuses, just by swiping your card.

If your name changes then go and see the Student Centre team in the Hutton Hub, College Lane. It’s worth remembering that the name we have registered for you is the one that appears on your degree certificate once you graduate, and we can’t change it once it’s issued!

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What to expect… You’ve registered, you’ve got your hoodie… what next? SU Officer Anis has got an insight into what you might expect in your first few months here at Hertfordshire. 1. Fun The first month of Uni is the best month! You don’t have that much work yet so you will be able to make the most of all that’s on offer – from society events to trips away to sports matches. You will make some great memories that you will look back on when you finish Uni and wish you could do it all again! 2. Socialising All Freshers are new to the University, so expect lots of other new people to say hi! You will more than likely be asked for your phone number loads of times and be added into hundreds of WhatsApp groups – but that is a good thing! You might also get invited to different peoples’ flats for dinner or a coffee or to meet their house mates – take up these opportunities as it will help you feel part of the University community.


3. Nights out There will be plenty of nights out for everyone to enjoy including Forum Club nights, EleHouse karaoke nights or society led events. There is always an excuse to go out and socialise and start to make new friends. 4. Freebies Who doesn’t like a freebie?! During Freshers’ Week you will receive a Freshers’ bag with lots of interesting goodies, your new School might have some fun freebies to help you with your course, and – of course – you can grab your free Go Herts hoodie at registration: AMAZING! 5. Advice There will be loads of flyers handed to you about where to receive free, impartial advice: trust me, these flyers are important. At some stage during your time here you’ll be after some sort of advice – whether that’s money, housing, or general wellbeing advice. There is plenty of help around (see page 41) especially during your first few months.

6. Freshers’ Flu Yep, Freshers’ Flu is real and definitely not a myth. People often get cold-like symptoms during the first month of University because they are usually a bit run-down from all the Freshers’ partying, and also because of the large number of new students arriving onto campus! Try to get enough sleep and eat as healthily as you can. Do not try and survive on pizza while staying up ‘til 4am every night! And it’s probably a good idea to invest in some anti-bacterial hand gel. 7. Noise The first month at University is very noisy. Everybody is busy getting to know each other, there are lots of Freshers’ events that involve live music, flat parties, people staying up late at night and different activities happening across both campuses. Don’t worry if you prefer a bit of peace though – it will soon quieten down once everyone starts to hit the books.

Remember – most people come to University not knowing anyone else but keen to make friends – don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with someone new to make a new friend!

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University must-haves Whether you’re living on campus or commuting in, here are SU Officer Zaina’s top five items to help you ace your First Year.


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1. USB stick It is always handy to carry a USB stick with you at University so you can save all your work in one safe place. It also means you can use the LRC (Learning Resources Centre) computers as well as a laptop, so you can study in different areas across the University. You can also take advantage of free access to Office 365 and save your work in the cloud!.

3. Water bottle Staying hydrated can really help your wellbeing and concentration levels. Save money on buying bottled water every day and invest in a reusable water bottle that you can fill up at the beginning of the day and top up throughout the day. You can find water coolers across both campuses in our food outlets and the LRCs.

2. Medicine University can sometimes be stressful so you might find yourself feeling run-down. Having paracetamol, flu tablets or even some multivitamins on hand is useful in case you start to feel ill but have a few deadlines coming up. The Campus Pharmacy in Hutton Hub is a great place to stock up and also get advice on staying healthy.

4. Portable charger During term times you will be a busy bee, going from lectures, to studying, to taking part in activities, to going out at night – so keeping your phone charged is a good idea! Invest in a portable charger and I promise you won’t regret it!

And if you’re living in shared accommodation… 5. C  oloured plates/ cutlery Most people will bring white plates and silver cutlery to their shared accommodation, so nobody knows whose stuff is whose! By having coloured plates, you can easily see what belongs to you. Genius!

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Getting settled Starting university can be exciting and nerve-wracking in equal measure. SU Officer Amal has a few suggestions to help you feel at home.


Getting settled Part of the community

New surroundings, new faces, plenty of new challenges and nobody to do your washing… starting university can feel daunting! But whether you have just finished college or sixth form, just returned from travelling or even been working for several years and decided to return to education, everybody is new to this and in the same boat. So, here are a few things you can do to make settling in a bit easier. 1. Chat Talk to everyone and anyone. Introduce yourself to people on your course, chat to lecturers, talk about the weather with the Starbucks barista and say hi to new people. The more you talk, the more likely you are to make new friends and kill some of that awkward time you may spend alone. 2. Go for a walk Familiarise yourself with both campuses. When your course starts, you’ll need to know where your lectures will be taking place and you’ll definitely need to know where the LRCs are and,

most importantly, where to buy a decent coffee! Spend some time walking around – not only is it good to get out and about but you will start to recognising places and get used to your new surroundings. 3. Get involved The worst thing you could do if you’ve just moved into halls is sit in your bedroom alone. Get involved in as much as you can: • Attending the Freshers’ Week events is essential. Not only will you have loads of fun but you will meet different people and build relationships with course mates or house mates. • Try something different: join a society or sports team or attend an Active Students session – chances are you’ll meet loads of likeminded people.

4. Have fun This will be one of the most exciting times in your life so remember to reflect and take it all in. Enjoy yourself as much as you can before all the deadlines and hard work starts! And even then, try and get a good balance of working hard and relaxing. 5. Snap-happy Take as many pictures as possible as you will make some incredible memories! Remember you are at the University of Hertfordshire because you have the potential to do anything and become anyone, so don’t hold back – get stuck in!

Top tip: Download the wayfinding app to help you get around. Search ‘Herts Mobile’ in your app store.

• Walk down to the EleHouse and grab a burger, or sit in Café Røre and eat some of their AMAZING ramen. The more time you spend putting yourself out there on campus the more comfortable you will feel. This is Herts Guide 2018/19


“Freshers’ Fair is one of the best days during Freshers’ week. You definitely don’t want to miss out!” Jonathan Godlee, BA (Hons) Film and Television Production


Freshers’ Fair Survival guide

What is it? Well it doesn’t involve carousel rides or candy floss, but it is an amazing opportunity for you to find out about the best of what our University has to offer! All our clubs and societies have stands with their members on hand to tell you all about how brilliant their club is. Film and TV student, Jono, has experienced Freshers’ Fair as both a First Year student and as a society committee member, so here are his top tips for making the most out of it.

• Make sure you give yourself enough time to look round the fair There is a lot to see and I’ve found myself rushing round trying to see everything before it finishes! So get there near the start and take your time taking it all in. • Don’t be shy Dive in and sign up to your favourite societies, if you leave it til later you might never do it. Uni is the perfect time to try out anything and everything so don’t hold back, you don’t know what you might miss out on! • Grab a Freshers’ bag containing lots of cool freebies!

• Get yourself a TOTUM card The National Union of Students (NUS) new TOTUM card gets you access to loads of discounts – like money off meals in Pizza Express, reduced theme park entry, discounts with retailers like ASOS… Personally I think it’s well worth the investment! • Visit as many stands as you can You will find yourself being bombarded with freebies during the fair (which isn’t a bad thing), so make the most of it! • Bring cash There is also stuff to buy (like yummy street food) so make sure to bring some cash with you (I usually limit myself to £20 as this is plenty).

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Go Herts Award To help our students stand out from the crowd, the University, in partnership with the Students’ Union, have launched the Go Herts Awards. This exciting new initiative celebrates all of the outstanding work our students do outside of their studies, whether that is voluntary work, research, enterprise initiatives, community engagement or work experience. Students who achieve this award will receive an official University certificate, as well as recognition at their graduation ceremonies.


The initiative really encourages our students to embrace new experiences and widen their skill-set, allowing them to grow in confidence, build transferable skills and develop the kind of personal qualities that will give them the edge in the job market. Over the next few pages you can get some ideas on how you can get stuck in to University life, and start working towards your award‌ Read more at

It’s no secret that the job market is getting ever-more competitive, so how can you make sure that when graduation rolls around in a few years’ time your CV is the one that stands out on that recruiter’s desk?

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Get stuck in Sign up

University isn’t just about getting the grades you need to fulfil your future ambitions, it is also about broadening your horizons by embracing new experiences and building friendships right across the University. A fantastic way to do this is to join one (or more!) of the 130 clubs and societies that Hertfordshire has to offer. “I joined the HUSKIS – the skiing and snowboarding society – and learnt to snowboard in my final year. A huge group of us went to the Alps for a week and I made a lovely group of friends outside of my studies. I was also part of student media and had my own radio show on our student radio station. I did it for fun but it indirectly developed my communication skills and confidence.” Shannen Rock, BA (Hons) Business

“The first society I joined when I started University was the Hindu Society. It was a good way for me to meet other students who had the same beliefs as me and a great way to make new friends.


I’d encourage everyone to join a society – it’s such a good way to meet others with the same interests as you.” Hemi Patel, BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Can’t find a society that floats your boat, then why not set up your own? All you need are another couple of likeminded people to help you run it, then just email and we’ll arrange an induction where you’ll be trained in running your new society. Just imagine how impressive that’s going to look on your CV! Entrepreneurial attitude: check. People skills: check. Leadership potential: check!

Find out more about the different societies at our Freshers’ Fair – 11.00-15.00 on Friday 21 September on College Lane. You can meet some of their members and find out what life could be like as part of the Baking society, the Street Dance society or the LGBT+ society. Check out page 19 for top tips on getting the most out of Freshers’ Fair. If you miss out on the Freshers’ Fair (tut tut!) check out to search through all the societies and pay your subscription.

Get stuck in Volunteer

University can change your life, but you can also change other people’s while you’re here. Our Students’ Union run a volunteering programme that allows you to apply for one of the hundreds of opportunities based in the local community and log any hours worked on their portal. Giving something back can be immensely rewarding, and it doesn’t hurt that employers love to see voluntary work on your CV too!

“Although volunteering is time “I signed up to be a Freshers’ consuming I don’t regret a Angel for the Students’ Union minute of my experiences. because I wanted to be more From starting the craze for engaged with student life as Krispy Kreme bake sales to well as meet new people. raise money for charity, to I helped our new students spitballing ideas for the next move in, making them feel issue of the Trident Media welcome and safe in their newspaper – I loved every new home, but I also had an second of it. Make sure you amazing time myself – getting log your volunteering hours first pick of freebies at the though straight after an activity, Freshers’ Fair and launching as trust me they will definitely paint in the Colour Run! add up! This is important Volunteering was not only an as you’ll get a certificate opportunity for me to make with all the hours you’ve friends and learn new skills, volunteered at the end of but it has also improved my the year, which is great for future career prospects by showing your commitment giving me something else to to future employers.” add to my CV.” April Wilson, MA Journalism and Media Communications

Amy Holloway-Smith, Law (LLB)

“University can change your life, but you can also change other people’s while you’re here.”

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Get stuck in Connect

Connect Common Reading Programme The Connect Programme is a University-wide reading programme focused on First Year students. Students and staff read the same book and participate in discussions, activities and events that relate to the themes of the book. More than ‘just a book club’, Connect provides unique opportunities to engage with a book more deeply than simply reading it.

Every School is involved, offering activities linked to the themes of the chosen book for the year, as it draws people together from a wide range of backgrounds. This year’s book is Ghost Boy by University of Hertfordshire alumnus Martin Pistorius. It’s an inspiring true story of a ‘misdiagnosed boy trapped inside his own body for 12 years’.

If you didn’t collect your FREE copy of Ghost Boy at registration then head to the Freshers’ Fair to pick one up.

“The Connect Programme appealed to me because I love to read, and it is such a diverse programme offering lots of different activities. Being a part of Connect helped me make friendships, meet new people and made it easier to fit into the University. Through the programme, I’ve also discovered skills I didn’t know I had! Communication skills, presentation skills, people skills – not to mention the programme helping my confidence to grow. All these are skills I can take forward with me in the workplace.” Simone Bothwell, BSc (Hons) Dietetics


Get stuck in Study abroad

There is a great big world out there and the University of Hertfordshire will help you explore it. Most of our courses allow you to spend part of your degree studying at one of our many partner institutions across the world.

With more and more companies working internationally, there has never been a better time to be well-travelled. Experience of living in another country – and even better, speaking the language – can make a great impression on future employers. It is an adventure you will never forget, boosting your confidence, increasing your independence, introducing you to new people and giving you a fresh perspective on the world. “It was incredible! I learnt a lot about the language, culture and even about English. It gave me the opportunity to become really independent and learn about myself. I also had the opportunity to study other subjects; I studied Latin, Spanish, History and also took choral classes, grammar classes and became very involved in the ERASMUS community.”

“I jumped at the chance to spend a year studying abroad as part of my degree! The University has over 100 partner institutions to choose from, and after doing my own research and with support from the Study Abroad team, I decided to go to Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to make friends with people from all over the world; I was able to learn about new cultures as well as teach others about my own. I also learnt a lot about myself by challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone.” Kamen Yau, BA (Hons) International Business

Did you know? Wherever you choose to study you pay no tuition fees to the partner university, and, if you study abroad during a placement (sandwich/intercalated) year, then there are no tuition fees to UH either.

Rebecca Matthews, BA (Hons) History with Humanities

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Work it! “My advice to current students would be get as much work experience as possible so when you graduate you have the contacts to find paid work.� Anna Skodbo, BA (Hons) Fashion


Get stuck in Work it

You know how it goes – you’re applying for your dream job but the job ad says you need experience in that sector. “But how am I meant to get the experience if you don’t give me the job?!” “I specifically chose a course with a placement year as, up to that point, I had very little work experience. I managed to get a placement year with the Audit Commission in London. This really helped boost my confidence and provided me with valuable office and IT experience which I could convey at interviews with prospective employers. Alan Chu, BA (Hons) Business Studies

“My placement was in Bergen Op Zoom in the Netherlands. It was an amazing and lifechanging experience to work abroad and something which really matured me.” Ross Barrow, BSc (Hons) Technology with Management (Automotive Engineering)

“Your sandwich year gives you a real insight into industry, as well as learning what you want to do and what you don’t want to do. I don’t think that I would be at this current stage in my career had I not worked during my sandwich degree.” Fareha Nagi, BSc (Hons) Bioscience (Pharmacology)

“My placement year as a Marketing Co-ordinator was by far the best experience of my degree. It gave me the confidence boost I needed to help me excel in my Third Year and the motivation to pursue my dream of doing a Master’s programme. I learnt so much about myself and my capabilities in such a short time. There were challenges – adjusting to the workplace environment, managing a different workload, early morning starts! But the support provided by the University was fantastic; despite not being on campus I never felt alone.” Emily Keens, BA (Hons) Mass Communications

What is Career Hub? “Career Hub isn’t just for graduate jobs and work placements, many local employers use it to advertise their part-time vacancies. You can also find resources to help you apply for a job or prepare for your interview. And if you’re not sure how to get started with job hunting you can just drop into the Careers Service offices in Hutton Hub, College Lane, or on de Havilland to speak to one of their advisers.” Olivera Bozinova, BSc (Hons) Computer Science

Get support and advice from our Careers Service team to help you bag that perfect placement. Drop into our offices in Hutton Hub, College Lane, or M018 de Havilland, or visit

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Fancy yourself as the next captain of the football team, or looking for a way to meet people and get active? We’ve got all the options you need. HertSquad HertSquad is your hub for sport and active lifestyles during your time here. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people, have fun and enhance your time at the University. Staying active is proven to aid you on your degree journey by making you happier, healthier and increasing brain activity. We really believe that taking part in physical activity can enhance your student experience. We want to nourish your existing passions and encourage you to try something completely new through our various programmes. Check out for more information.

Join in, get active and find your fit Come along to the Sports Fair in Hertfordshire Sports Village, de Havilland Campus, on Wednesday 19 September 13.00-16.00 to check out all the different programmes and teams that make up HertSquad. 28


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Get active HertSquad Active Students

“I have been an ‘Activator’ for two years, which meant attending the activity sessions to help ensure the session runs smoothly, making sure it’s The Active Students a safe place to exercise, and Programme is totally FREE most of all that the students and offers over 70 hours of activity across both campuses all mingle and have fun! every week. There is no need Sport doesn't have to be competitive. HertSquad Active Students is all about having fun, getting active, giving something a go, making new friends and taking a break from studying.

to sign-up, just bring your Student ID down to a session and get involved – it's really that simple. It’s a great way to meet new people, create friendships that will last a lifetime and make the most of your experience whilst studying at the University. Check out for our timetable of sessions.


All the instructors running the sessions are super friendly, and no matter what level of experience you have you will always feel included and be given support. It has been proven that exercise is not only important for your health, but also helps your brain to stay sharp – so coming along to a session is a perfect way to relax your mind from studying.” Lera George, BSc (Hons) Physics

“I had the privilege to participate and serve the Hertfordshire Hurricanes American Football Club as president for a couple of years, whilst undertaking a thrilling course of study. The AmFootball club was incredible. No superlatives can describe just how much I got out of that club, from life lessons to fitness to friendships to heaps of fun!” Samuel Nathan Richards, BSc (Hons) Astrophysics

Get active Hertfordshire Sports Village

On the de Havilland campus you’ll find the Hertfordshire Sports Village (HSV), which offers some of the best sporting facilities available in the UK. That’s why it’s used by a number of professional teams as a training base. You’ll probably have passed in on your way to registration, so don’t miss the chance to pop in and check out the facilities. Over on College Lane, the Oval is home to a stateof-the-art 50-station gym, available for use exclusively by University of Hertfordshire students and staff. It’s located in the heart of the student accommodation area and is open 24 hours a day.

Our Sports Village offers: • 100+ station gym

• Over 90 classes

• Large free weights area

• Impressive 12 metre high wall

• Multi-functional training rig • Two fully equipped studios • 25 metre, eight lane swimming pool • Three sports halls and a four-lane cricket hall

• Match-quality racquet courts • A range of match -quality pitches • BodyBalance Physio • Performance Gym

From just £15.25 you can have access to two gyms, a swimming pool, 90 classes – and its all on campus!

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Whether it’s because you live in halls, study there or spend most of your time on a particular campus, during your time at University, you will associate with either College Lane or de Havilland campus. Where will your favourite place be?

“I spent a lot of time at the EleHouse. Not because it was pub – well I did like going to the pub – but because of the atmosphere. The EleHouse became my home away from home. I met friends there, had study groups there, and also made a name for myself on the karaoke nights!” Bill Ahmed, BSc (Hons) Computer Science

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“My campus life revolved around the LRCs (Learning Resources Centres). I studied on College Lane, so I would always head there in between and after my lectures to do work. Resources available in the LRCs – and them being open 24/7 – meant that whether I wanted to work alone or with my classmates, with the noise of bustling afternoon study or the quiet of the late night I was able to study my way, whenever I wanted.”

“Any of the Starbucks coffee outlets! I love the fact that I don’t have to go far to get a proper Starbucks coffee!” Sarah Koniotes, MSc Business and Organisational Strategy

“I’m not exactly a morning person, so the de Hav restaurant’s all-day breakfast was what got me through my 9am lectures and set me up for the day.”

“My favourite place to unwind was right next to the Style bar, in the Forum, because there’s a piano there. In the evening when I had time and I needed to relax I liked to go and play the piano. It’s a nice way for me to relax and have time to myself.” Mina Abedwali, BA (Hons) Marketing with Advertising

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Campus life Places to go

The de Havilland (de Hav) and College Lane campuses have different vibes, but both offer ample opportunities and resources for all our students – regardless of whether you live on campus or commute in.

Restaurants and shops There are restaurants and shops on both campuses. So, if you haven’t had time to make breakfast to attend that 9am lecture, pop into these outlets to grab yourself a hot bite to eat or other necessities throughout the day.

Common rooms Both College Lane campus and de Havilland campus have common rooms with pool tables, foosball and board games. Unwind after a hectic day and grab your friends to play games and even order a pizza in!

Learning Resources Centres (LRCs) Our LRCs are more than just libraries – they become a second home for most of our students! College Lane LRC has been recently refurbished as well, bringing you better spaces to collaborate and study quietly. LRCs are open 24/7 which means the odd all-nighter is more convenient and meeting deadlines is easier. Read more about the facilities and services available on page 59.

Social Spaces If you want some breathing space in between lectures and the opportunity to relax with course mates and friends, you can also head to the Hutton Hub or Chapman Lounge on College Lane. Alternatively you could set aside some ‘me time’ to spend in the UH community gardens. ​


Bars and entertainment College Lane has the EleHouse and de Hav has Club deHav, so if you want to make full use of the no-lecture Wednesday afternoons you won’t have to go too far from your rooms. The oncampus nightclub, The Forum Hertfordshire, on College Lane campus also has regular nights out. Other services The University has ensured that everything that you may need as a student is easily accessible to you. So you have access to Santander Bank, the pharmacy (for Freshers’ Flu) and a doctors surgery for any medical needs all available in the Hutton Hub, as well as laundry services in each hall to keep your stuff fresh. Finally the University of Hertfordshire also boasts amazing mental health services such as counselling and drop ins for consultation and advice for those times when you may feel a little low (read more on page 40).

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Campus life Battle of the Campuses

Bring it on Battle of the Campuses is your chance to represent your campus in a series of events, games and competitions throughout the academic year. Whichever campus wins the most points by the end of the year is crowned the ultimate Battle of the Campuses champion.

Chicken nugget challenge “My favourite memory of Battle of the Campuses was watching people compete in the ‘How many chicken nuggets can you eat in a minute’ challenge, which was entertaining to say the least. I was supporting #TeamDeHavilland since that’s where I studied and lived throughout my three years of University.

Feeling part of the campus community whilst at University is so important to allow you to make the most out of your University experience, and Battle of the Campuses is a great way for you to feel included whether you live on or off campus. You get to meet new friends, join in fun competitions – like tug of war or food challenges – get to know the campus better, make lasting memories and of course, get into the Go Herts spirit.

Getting involved with activities like Battle of the Campuses can really make you feel part of the campus community and give you a well-earned rest from your studies. Give it a try and represent your campus!”

Rosy Vega, BA (Hons) Events Management and Marketing

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When you watch Roger Federer powering his way to victory on Centre Court – or any other superstar – it’s easy to think that they’ve made it all by themselves. But behind Roger is a whole team of professionals making sure he has the best chance of winning – physiotherapists, dieticians, coach, playing partner, personal trainer - and that’s before you come to the people managing his image off court. It’s the same with university. Your degree and your marks belong to you. But there are a whole team of people available to help you, from your module tutor who teaches you – and can give you extra guidance if you ask – to the Student Wellbeing team and the Students’ Union.

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“The really smart student is the one who makes the most of all the support available to help them ace university.� Sharon Maxwell-Magnus, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, School of Humanities

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Staying well Straight from our students

Mental health support “Starting university can be a daunting time, with a new place, new classmates and new teachers, so it is understandable that mental health issues are increasingly common among students but there is still a stigma surrounding mental health issues. It’s really important to talk to someone if you are worried about your own mental health (or that of a friend’s) as soon as possible. The sooner you get support the better, as things will only get worse if you bottle things up. Also, look after your friends. If they don’t seem themselves and you think they may be struggling, ask them how they are and let them know you are there for them, and will listen without judgement.

Here at the University of Hertfordshire, we have a highquality Wellbeing Service who offer sessions with qualified and experienced counsellors accustomed to helping young people. This service is confidential. They can also provide a range of tried and tested self-help programmes and activities to improve your Wellbeing. Don’t feel that it is a sign of weakness to go there. Knowing you need help and getting it is a sign of strength and the first step to helping you get better.” Callie Watling, MA Journalism and Media Communications

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Sleep deprivation “If you are struggling to get out of bed every day, are addicted to your snooze button, or are falling asleep in lectures then you may be sleep deprived. According to the National Sleep Foundation, people aged between 18 and 64 need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per day. But adjusting to university life can mess up your sleeping schedule, and it can affect you and your body more than you realise. Feeling sleepy throughout the day became normal for me and I forgot the feeling of being myself – fully alert and talkative. While a lack of sleep affects your motivation and concentration; it also impairs your creativity, problemsolving and memory skills, which are all critical for students. Late nights can be part and parcel of uni life, just don’t make it the norm!” Anouska Levert, MA Journalism and Media Communications

Staying well Here for you

University is a great opportunity to assert your independence and find your own way in the world. But that’s not to say that you’re on your own. Whether you’re feeling homesick, having a hard time balancing your finances, or just need someone to talk to, we’ve got your back.

Hertfordshire Students’ Union Advice and Support Centre We offer free and confidential advice and support to students. We can help with:

Student Wellbeing Hutton Hub, College Lane Campus +44 (0)1707 284453

• Sexual health

Disability Services Contact the Student Wellbeing team, details above

• Personal matters

Financial support Student Centre, Hutton Hub, College Lane Campus Check page 48 for more info Chaplaincy The Key, College Lane Multi-faith Space, de Havilland Campus +44 (0)1707 284456

• Academic matters

Campus Pharmacy Hutton Hub, College Lane Campus +44 (0)1707 284054 Doctors Surgery Hutton Hub, College Lane Campus +44 (0)1707 284444

• Housing issues • Financial matters

• Legal matters • Discipline matters

For whatever student life throws at you, we are here to help. Hutton Hub, College Lane Campus Atrium, de Havilland Campus Email: Call: +44 (0)1707 285022

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We are spoilt for food choices on campus. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snacks? Sorted.

Eating On-campus options Whether you want a full English, a vegan curry, or a healthy salad box you can head to one of our on-campus restaurants to enjoy a whole range of different foods. The SU pub, the EleHouse, does an amazing burger and chips, you can pick up a foot-long from the Subway on College Lane, or stop off at one of the coffee pods across both campuses to grab a Starbucks Frappucino and panini after a lecture. There’s a large range of hot and cold halal items, kosher bagels, and vegetarian and vegan options – whatever your preferences, you won’t go hungry. And don’t forget to look out for the pop-up street food stalls which appear on campus throughout the year. You can enjoy delicious meals cooked in front of your eyes, including, paella, burritos, bubble tea and so much more!



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Eating well Meals out or in

Eating out Whatever you fancy eating, there are tonnes of restaurants and cafes in Hatfield. To help you answer the all-important question of ‘Where should we go for food?’ we’ve put together our recommendations for eating out: (Cheeky) Nandos ££ Whether you like it extra hot or with lemon and lime, Nandos is a great choice for you and your mates to catch up over an affordable and tasty meal. Located in The Galleria, it’s only a stone’s throw away from either campus, so you can make your way over in between lectures. Turkish Kitchen ££ Located next to the Wetherspoons (also a great shout), Turkish Kitchen is a good little restaurant, perfect for a social lunch or dinner with friends.


The food is affordable and the flavours are amazing. They also do a fantastic lunch time deal, Mon-Fri, 11.30-16.00. Check it out. Fast Food Galore £ What would Hatfield be if it didn’t have all your favourite fast food restaurants. There’s McDonalds, KFC and Burger King, all located in and around the Galleria. McDonalds is open 24 hours, just like the LRC! So if you’re cramming late at night in the LRC, take a break and feed your mind. Red Lion £££ Great pub near Hatfield Train Station. They do Sunday roasts, lovely pub and grill food, and have a beer garden out back for the Summer months. Definitely worth a visit.

FoodHertfordshire loyalty+ If you can’t do without your morning latte, or love the all-you-can-eat breakfast, then make sure you pick up your FoodHertfordshire loyalty+ card. Collect points on all your purchases from any of our on-campus outlets to earn discounts: turns out there is such a thing as a free lunch! Pick up a card at any catering outlet or download the app on Google or Apple stores – just look for UH Food! Did you know? You (or a generous family member or friend!) can load money on to your FoodHertfordshire loyalty+ card to spend at any catering outlet on campus whenever you need it!

Eating well Meal planning

Eating well is good for the mind as well as the body, so get yourself into the kitchen and cook up a storm. Here are our top tips for eating well: 1. Stock up on flavours Bland food is never appealing, so get acquainted with the herbs and spices aisle in the supermarket for a tastier meal. Tabasco sauce and soy sauce are good staples to have in your cupboard to spice up that end-of-the-month meal.

2. Get to know your shops Aldi and Asda are both about a 10 minute walk from College Lane campus and have great quality produce at bargain prices. And if you shop with a friend you can make the most of those buy-one-get-one-free deals (and split the taxi fare back home again). 3. Plan your meals Before you hit the shops, decide what meals you’re going to make for the next week or so and make a shopping list for them. That way you’ll be sure to have what you need, and you’ll be less likely to reach for the take-away menu.

4. Batch cook Save yourself from cooking every night by cooking large portions that you can reheat the next night, or freeze for another day. Better still, take it in turns to cook with your housemates and you’ll broaden your tastebuds too! 5. Community fridge If you’ve got food you won’t eat or want to try something new, head to the community fridge in the Oval, College Lane. You can drop off unwanted food and pick up other stuff for free!

“In between the late nights and academic pressures, it can be easy to forget to look after yourself. Resist the urge to order takeaways and eat junk – it’s bad for your health and your bank balance! Keep your energy levels up by grabbing something healthy and nutritious from one of the many on-campus food outlets in between classes. Or if you’re handy in the kitchen then batch cook your meals, stick them in the freezer and then reheat in one of the microwaves in the LRCs.” Anouska Levert, MA Journalism and Media Communications This is Herts Guide 2018/19


Whether you’re living away from home for the first time, or you need to adjust to earning less and having to spend more, then it’s a good idea to get savvy about your finances early on.

Money • If you haven’t already done it, then take a bit of time to work out your projected income for the year (including any loans and bursaries) and your essential expenditure for the year (including accommodation, utility bills, travel costs etc.). It’ll make it easier to work out how much you’ll have left over for the ‘nice to haves’. • Get a part-time job to boost your income (and enhance your CV). You can get help finding out what’s on offer through the University’s Careers Service and through the Students’ Union. • There are various financial/budgeting apps available to help you keep on top of your finances. Check out some free options over the page. • If you’re still worried about your finances then make sure you visit the Hutton Hub to see one of our Student Finance Advisors. They can help you to budget and see if you may be eligible for any extra financial support.



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Money advice Get confident about finance

Student Funding and Financial Support have teamed up with Blackbullion to help enhance financial education for all University of Hertfordshire students. And what’s more, it’s completely free! Just like us, Blackbullion are passionate about inspiring a finance-savvy revolution by making it easier than ever before for students to learn about money management and boost their employability through a range of easy to follow, useful training programmes and related services. How do I sign up? • Go to • Click Register • Select ‘a University Student’ from the drop down menu • Enter the required details and begin your journey • Select Hertfordshire as your university • Enter your Student ID number • You’re in!


Budgeting apps One of these free apps could be a good place to start to help you stay on top of your finances: Yolt Allows you to track your finances and manage your overall spending. You can use categories to see how much you’re spending in different areas. Cleo Works through Facebook and takes a read-only (so no one can ever move money in or out of your account) look at your spending to help you keep track of your finances. Money Dashboard Categorises your spending and displays all incoming and outgoing amounts on a dashboard chart, so you can see what you spend in different areas. Pariti Connects your bank accounts: you can view what you have coming in plus set spending goals. It updates automatically each day so you can see what you’ve got left to spend.

Support and guidance Don’t think your full student funding is going to cover your costs? We can help with our Hardship fund, which is intended for students who have received their full statutory funding and are still struggling financially. We can also offer Emergency Loans and Delayed Funding Loans, for when the unexpected happens. Whatever your financial situation, if you need some advice or support then come and speak to one of the Student Finance team in the Student Centre, Hutton Hub on College Lane. Or email

Money advice Student perks and discounts

It’s no secret that uni life can be expensive, but one of the perks of being a student is all the discounts and offers you can take advantage of. Whether it’s saving money on text books, or bagging a 2 for 1 pizza deal, there are loads of ways you can save a few pounds. Here’s just a few of the best cards and websites to check out. Save The Student Save the Student isn’t just about discounts (although they have got plenty of links and codes for these too) - they also provide free and impartial advice on how to make your money go further. You can find information on the best student bank accounts, ideas for making money (like by becoming a product tester), as well as hacks to help your cash go further.

StudentBeans StudentBeans definitely offers variety when it comes to turning your pennies into ‘magic beans’. From food to travel to fashion there are a huge range of discounts waiting to be taken advantage of. Create an account with StudentBeans and get a free digital student ID card to give you access to thousands of student discounts both online on the high street. UNiDAYS Providing discounts with a staggering number of retailers across fashion, beauty, health & fitness and technology, before you decide to go shopping make sure you check UNiDAYS for a discount code first. Like StudentBeans, UNiDAYS is free to use, but has the added benefit of providing reward points for you if you get your friends to sign up too, which could amount to a voucher to spend with your favourite retailer.

TOTUM card TOTUM is the new name for the NUS (National Union of Students) extra card. It provides you with over 200 UK student discounts and comes with 1-year FREE ISIC (International Student Identity Card) which unlocks over 42,000 international discounts. The ISIC card is the only internationally accepted proof of certified student status, and it is accepted in over 130 countries. So if you’re planning on spending any time outside the UK as a student (studying or holidaying) then this is a great investment. You do need to pay for this one, but any revenue the NUS generate from the card goes towards supporting key Students’ Union initiatives all over the country. /nus-extra Did you know? The Students’ Union offers FREE printing?! They print a small ad at the bottom of your page (so not great for submissions, but ideal for lecture notes) and you can even print in colour. This is Herts Guide 2018/19


Work study balance


For many students working while studying is part and parcel of the university experience. But how do you make sure you get that essential balance between keeping the cash rolling in, and getting the grades you need? 1. Know your limits All full-time students are only allowed to work a maximum of 15 hours per week during the semester. This is to ensure that you give yourself the chance to perform at your academic best and don’t get worn out. Humanities Programme Leader Sharon Maxwell-Magnus says. “While we understand students have to work, don’t expect us to be sympathetic if you tell us you didn’t get an essay in because you worked forty hours last week.”

2. Get a job that works Careers Advisor Helen Meyer points out that the Careers Service not only help students find graduate jobs and work experience, but can also help you find a part-time job to fit in with your studies. “We offer free advice and help with getting jobs and work experience both during your studies and for two years after you have graduated. So take a good look at the Career Hub or come in and see us.”

4. Find a job near you Travelling further than you need to just to work eats into your time and could end up costing you more than you earn! Finding a local job or even working for the University is always a smart idea (see over the page). 5. Stand your ground Once you’ve got yourself a job, don’t accept rates lower than the minimum wage and make sure you get a contract. And don’t be pressured into taking on extra shifts – if you do it once, you’ll end up doing it again – and you won’t get that time back for studying.

3. Think about your future Most jobs now require work experience, but how can you get that experience without having a job? Work placements, modules that offer work experience and summer internships are just some of the ways that you can give yourself the best chance of a great job after uni and also discover whether the sort of job you think is right for you, really is.

Faith Balogun, MA Journalism and Media Communications

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Working for the University

Fancy earning some extra money without having to stray too far from campus? Look no further than the University! Herts Helper Our Student Ambassador scheme is a bit like joining a temping agency – if your application is successful then you’ll be able to sign up to work at events as and when you are available, so you don’t have to worry about it getting in the way of your study commitments.

You might be supporting one of our open days or UCAS fairs to help recruit new students, or handing out Go Herts hoodies to our newest arrivals, or you could even get involved in a University photoshoot. You don’t need specific experience, but you

“I worked for the Outreach and Widening Participation team, who promote higher education to less advantaged young people. It was a really rewarding role, and definitely helped develop my selfconfidence. Working as an ambassador is great because the work is so varied – every day is different. You also choose which events/shifts you’d like to work as it is on a casual basis, so it is extremely flexible around your timetable.” Ferhana Khan, BA (Hons) Accounting


do need to be organised, a good communicator and able to work calmly in a busy environment. Find out more about the scheme and application deadlines by emailing “My favourite thing about being an RA is interacting with the students and getting to know them. It’s really helped my interpersonal skills. And the biggest challenge is always having to think on your feet – every situation is different. Medical situations can be particularly challenging.” Sam Imade, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

Herts Helper Residents’ Assistants Our Residents’ Assistants (RAs) are students who live in the on-campus accommodation and are on call overnight to help with any issues that our students might face out-of-hours. There are 15 RAs on College Lane and

14 on de Havilland. There are four RAs on call every night shift, which means each RA works two shifts per week. It can be hard work – our RAs are on call from 5pm through to 8.30am each night and all over the weekend – but if you can balance the

demands of a 3am call out with your study commitments then it is an immensely rewarding role. Find out more by contacting

“The best thing about being an RA is all the other lovely RAs I’ve met. We’re all from different backgrounds and different walks of life and have different things to offer. I’ve made some really good friends within the RA group. It is tricky to balance my studies and my RA job – to make sure I do well in both, but it is worth it.” Ayodele Imhotop, BSc (Hons) Computer Science

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Whether you’re joining us straight from school or college, or if you’ve taken a few years (or more) off before deciding to start a degree, it’s likely to be a big change from your current study or working patterns. But the good news is that we want you to ace this as much as you do, and we’ll give you all the support you need to succeed. So, what might these changes look like...? This is Herts Guide 2018/19


Study life Stepping up

Independence Whether it has been your parents ‘nagging’ at you to knuckle down, or your teachers giving you explicit instructions on material to learn, at University you won’t have the same level of direction you might be used to. You are expected to take personal responsibility for your own learning: you’ll be given all the tools you need, but it’s down to you to make the most of them. This can feel a bit overwhelming at first, but chatting to your course leader or seeking support and advice from the Students’ Union can help you adjust. And besides – it’s so much more satisfying to know that your breadth of knowledge has come from your own hard graft, rather than just passively being taught it. Time management At school or college you will probably have been used to a 8.30-15.00 timetable with plenty of compulsory lessons in between; so when you pick up your new course timetable you might be surprised at the amount of ‘free time’.


However you need to make sure you use this time wisely... and we don’t mean spending all of it in the pub! You’ll be expected to do your own research and independent reading in preparation for lectures, seminars and assignments, and if your course is more practical then extra lab time will be an essential part of your week. That said, you do still need a good balance of work and play so – top tip – draw up your own timetable for the week with designated slots for both independent study and time to chill out and have fun. It’s all about getting the balance right. Teaching styles Your idea of education might be sitting in a class of around 30 others listening to teacher at the front of the class dictate what you should know. At University you could find yourself on one day in a lecture room with 100+ other students scribbling down notes, then the next in a seminar room with 10 others being encouraged to challenge what you heard in that lecture!

Embrace this change and the variety of teaching methods you’ll experience, and embrace the idea of challenge too – ultimately it will stretch your learning and enhance your knowledge.

Making the most of it Our advice for getting the most out of your time here? • Get organised: Student Amber Falzon explains how on the next page • Love your LRC: Open 24/7 and jampacked with physical and digital resources – they will become your second home (see page 59) • Feel supported: Whether you need a hand with referencing in assignments or start to feel the pressure around exam time we’ve got staff on hand who can help (see page 41)

Study life How to keep organised

Managing your time at University can be hard, especially when there are so many distractions on and around campus, not to mention any commitments you might have outside of uni life. But how do you balance your appetite for making the most of your time at University with a healthy attitude to reaching your full potential academically? Psychology student, Amber Falzon, gives us her top three tips for getting the balance right. Make a timetable Undoubtedly the most important method that will help you manage your time and keep on top of work is sticking to a weekly timetable. Drafting a timetable will benefit you in a number of ways. Firstly, it will keep you motivated: people who use timetables are in a better position to complete work earlier and to a better standard. By having your daily goals written in a weekby-week diary, you will find that you are more inclined to commit to them accordingly. Abiding by a timetable will also ensure you can visualise

your week, enabling you to manage your social life and make plans without having to cancel because of unforeseen deadlines and overwhelming amounts of work. Use the library It is best to separate your academic and social life where possible. If you study at home you run the risk of being distracted more easily. It could also mean that you eventually end up associating your home life with the tedious chore of studying. Try using the library to study instead. Not only does the library house resources that are not always available at home or online, it also acts a great place to work in quiet. Alternatively, you can go with a study-buddy, keeping each other motivated and helping one another when you need it. When you leave the library, you can leave the grind behind! It is also important to know when to take a break.

Take notes Avoid the temptation to just sit in class without notetaking; while in the short-term this may seem appealing, it only leads to stress and cramming at the end of the term. Instead, take thorough notes throughout lectures, and try to go over them soon after so you consolidate the knowledge effectively. Leaving everything to the last minute means that you will have forgotten the content and you will find you are starting from scratch. Keeping on top of work throughout the year ensures that you are familiar with your topics and this lessens the pressure when it really matters! Amber Falzon, BSc (Hons) Psychology

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Using a reading week efficiently A reading week may sound strange at first and something you may never have encountered before. But instead think of it as similar to half term at school, it’s a break from teaching to do as you see fit. Depending on when a reading week lands in the term is likely to determine how you spend it – if it’s just before a major assignment deadline then it’s fairly likely you’ll be spending a big chunk of it in the LRC (see facing page)! But if you’re not sure what the best use of your time would be then here are a few suggestions: Get ahead Take advantage of the additional time to complete upcoming assignments Plan Review your academic year and plan your time for the rest of the semester Explore Use the time to try something new – attend an Active Student class Chill If you’re on target in your studies then take a break, spend time with family and friends Each school decides if and when you will have a reading week so please check you timetable or contact your module leader.


Learning Resources Centre

It’s very rare that you’ll ever go to the LRC and find it shut. Our LRCs offer 24/7 learning with endless resources at your disposal from over 400,000 books to borrow to over 1,200 PCs and Mac workstations to use. You can even loan out a laptop. Remember! You need to show your UH ID card to gain entry. If you ever forget or lose your ID card then you can get a one day temporary pass but you only get three of theses a semester.

LRC resources In the LRC you’ll find over 3,000 study seats, perfect for group work or individual studies. • A wide range of books across all subject areas • A wide range of study spaces and around 3,000 study seats • Bookable group study rooms • Over 1,200 University Workstations • White boards within the LRC for group studying • Laptop loan service – borrow a Chromebook to use in the LRC • Information points

• Self-service printing, photocopying and binding and laminating facilities • Students can use the noticeboards in the cafés to advertise on Study rooms There are several study rooms that students can book across both campuses for both group work and individual study. The size of a study room can range from accommodating 1 person to 30 people. Most group rooms will have a LCD screen or projector, which you can attach a device to using the cables provided, along with a whiteboard, and table and chairs. A study room provides an isolated environment for both individual and group work. You can book up to five hours per week through StudyNet.

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Get around town



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“I relied solely on public transport which luckily the University had great links for.�


Get around Find your way

With more than fifty per cent of students now commuting to University as opposed to living on campus, here at Hertfordshire we recognise how important it is to make the journey as straightforward as possible. “Since I lived quite local to the University, I decided that commuting in would be the most efficient option. In my First Year I didn’t have my driving licence so I relied solely on public transport which luckily the University had great links for. I would catch the train into Hatfield and from there either take the bus – which ran regularly and was only £1 – or walk, which took around 20 minutes. If I had to be somewhere in a rush, like to catch my train for work, I’d use one of the local taxi companies only cost me around £3.50 to travel anywhere to and from Hatfield.

Over the summer after my First Year, I got my driving licence and so started to take advantage of the Park and Ride – I met many of my friends during those regular bus rides to and from the Park and Ride!

Steps to using Park and Ride 1. Park up 2. Get a ticket from machine 3. Keep hold of the ticket

Parking on campus is really limited and you have to get a permit at the start of the year, and if you do manage to get a permit that doesn’t guarantee you’ll get a space on campus! It’s a much better bet to plan for the Park and Ride.” Michael Chapman, BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management for Business

4. Wait for a shuttle bus 5. S  how your ticket to the bus driver 6. G  et off at either the College Lane or de Havilland campus The shuttle bus runs every 7-8 minutes, Monday to Friday, 07.00-22.00, between three stops: College Lane, de Havilland, and the park and ride. Taxi contact details AAA Taxis: +44 (0)1707 888 888 Hilltop Taxis: +44 (0)1707 266666 Uno Bus Download the app or visit

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Get around Discover Hertfordshire

Campus life has plenty to offer, but so does the county of Hertfordshire. And of course, as we’re only a short train ride in to London there is a wealth of things to do there! Hop on a bus or a train and see what you can find. These are my top five attractions in Hertfordshire, but there are plenty more out there so do your research and get tourist-ing! Hatfield House, Hatfield Just a 10-minute taxi ride from the University (and opposite the train station), Hatfield House is a history-buff’s dream come true. Built in 1611, the mansion was home to the Earl of Salisbury and is also famously known for being the childhood home to Elizabeth I. Take a relaxing stroll in the garden, visit the animals on the farm, or treat yourself to lunch at the on-site restaurant. Also, keep an eye out for events happening on the estate such as open-air film nights and concerts.

Heartwood Forest, Sandridge If you want to take a break from studying or spend some quality time outdoors head to Heartwood Forest. It’s only about a 15 minute drive or taxi ride (and served by local buses) and has more than half a million trees, pockets of ancient woodland, wildflower meadows and offers fantastic wildlife spotting. heartwood.woodlandtrust. Warner Bros studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter, Watford Whether you’re Gryffindor or Slytherin, this is a must-see attraction for all devoted Harry Potter fans. You can explore the actual sets, costumes and props from the Harry Potter film series. As well as venturing into the Forbidden Forest or indulge in some Chocolate Frogs. It can get busy during school holiday times, so take advantage of a gap in your study times to visit.

Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne For all animal lovers, if you are looking for a unique animal experience then Paradise Wildlife Park is the place to be. Whether you’re into cute and cuddly or ferocious and fierce there is a diverse range of animals for you to see from lions to meerkats, alligators to zebras. The Park also holds events, shows and talks throughout the year as well as offering the amazing opportunity to feed some of the animals as part of the ‘animal experiences’ package. Lee Valley Boating If you’re after an adrenalinepumping white water rafting experience, then head to the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Abbey. But if you’re looking for a more leisurely pace, then check out the Lee Valley Boat Centre in Broxbourne. You can hire rowing boats, pedalos and canoes at an hourly rate or you can book a public or private cruise and enjoy the scenic routes as you travel down the River Lee. Aroona Shaukat, BA (Hons) English Literature with Humanities


“My best memories from university are the people I met and the memories we made whilst having fun and studying for our degrees. I made friends that will be with me for life� Maria Currant, BA (Hons) Education Studies

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Get around Hertfordshire’s annual festivals

Festivals are a huge cultural attraction in Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas. From music to food to theatre, the festival calendar is jam-packed with different events, activities and showcases celebrating all that Hertfordshire has to offer. Here are some of the most popular festivals taking place this year:

Hertfordshire Festival of Music The ambitious Hertfordshire Festival of Music is a mustsee event for all those who appreciate their classical music. This more slow-paced festival lasts a week and features music being played by award-winning classical musicians all as well as a choir, orchestra, concerts and talks and masterclasses.

St Albans Food and Drink Festival For all you foodies out there the St Albans Food and Drink Festival is the ideal place to go if you fancy broadening your culinary palate. This autumnal event held over a week offers appealing local produce, beer and feasts and hosts the Food and Drink Awards. You can also test your tasting skills at the CAMBRA Beer Festival or join in with the ‘Feastival’.

Hertford Arts Festival This spring festival creates an exciting buzz in Hertford and kick-starts the summer season. This event is ideal for all art lovers, showcasing the incredible work of local artists across the town. You also can peruse the craft market, take a stroll along the art trail or watch a production at the Hertford Theatre. St Albans Film Festival For all devoted film fanatics, the St Albans Film festival offers an awe-inspiring event with open-air film screenings beside the St Albans cathedral, workshops, talks by film industry experts and finishes with an awards ceremony hosting the international short film competition.

Folk by the Oak This one-day family-fun event is a perfect combination of a relaxing village fete and bombastic festival experience. Held in the leafy grounds of Hatfield House, Folk by the Oak promises a fantastic lineup of musicians and artists as well as lively circus performers and story tellers. There are even workshops on bush crafts folk and archery and stallholders with creative and colourful foods for you to try. Slam Dunk Slam Dunk is one of the most hyped music festivals in the region and a popular event for students at the University. Slam Dunk has been taking place in Hatfield since 2010 and offers some of the very best in punk and ska. The all-day festival gets bigger and better every year and is sure to be just at spectacular in 2019. Previously located at the University, Slam Dunk has now grown and takes place at Hatfield House.

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Semester A

Monday 17 September – Friday 11 January




Freshers’ Week Head down to the Freshers’ Fair on Friday 21st. Check the events boards outside both our LRCs to stay up-to-date.

Flare This student competition offers budding entrepreneurs support and training and offers prize money to help bring business ideas to life. Check out

Graduation Our December ceremonies are held on our de Havilland Campus, in the Weston Auditorium.

Graduation Ceremonies for our most recent graduates are held in the St Albans Cathedral.

Oct Mid-Module Feedback Questionnaire This is the perfect opportunity to share with us your module experiences so far. Careers Fair Our autumn careers fair and events are the ideal opportunity to help secure yourself a part-time job, work placement, internship or graduate job. Check out

Remember... cold and flu season will be well and truly setting in, so make sure to register with the on-campus doctors surgery.

Festive fun Every year the Students’ Union holds a Christmas Market on campus to showcase student creations, local businesses and delicious Christmas food. Christmas holidays Teaching finishes on Friday 14 December and starts again 7 January Many students return home, but for the students who remain on campus we run a variety of activities to keep everyone entertained. Check out the Dean of Students StudyNet page

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Semester B

Monday 14 January – Friday 17 May




Refresh Week New year, new modules, and some new students too. Refresh Week is like Freshers’ Week all over again, just a bit colder! A week packed with events to get you back into the swing of uni life after the break, and includes another huge fair.

Varsity The University take on local rivals the University of Bedfordshire across 15 different sports to find the ultimate winner of the Varsity Trophy. If you’re not competing then come along and cheer on the HertSquad. #GoHerts

Summer break Semester B finishes on Friday 17 May For many students that’s year one done!

Exams and assignments In the first week back exams and assignments will be top of mind. It can be a stressful time, but don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Search ‘exam success’ on Ask Herts for tips and advice.

Feb Mid-Module Feedback Questionnaire Feedback on your module experiences so far. It’s the perfect opportunity to get your voice heard.

Apr Easter break Teaching finishes on Friday 12 April starts again on Monday 29 April Head home for a break, or take advantage of all the study facilities on campus to get yourself ready for exams and assignment deadlines.

Summer ball It’s time to have some fun and celebrate all you’ve done in the past year. The SU summer ball has previously featured acrobats and dodgems, surfing and sky dancers, as well as live music acts and celebs. Keep an eye on for this year’s highlights!

Exams and assignments The final hurdle to completing first year is in sight! If you’re feeling the pressure then speak to our Student Wellbeing team. Pick up study and revision tips on Ask Herts by searching ‘exam success’. This is Herts Guide 2018/19


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