The University of Hertfordshire (informally "Hertfordshire University") is a British new university based largely in Hatfield, in the county of Hertfordshire, England, from which the university takes its name. It has more than 27,500 students, over 2500 staff, with a turnover of over £181m. It has over 5200 international students and a global network of over 160,000 alumni. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, over 85% of the submitted research was judged to be of international quality in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
University of Hertfordshire was shortlisted for the THE University of the Year Award in 2008 and for the University of the Year Award in 2009. It was declared the ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year,' 2010 by Times Higher Education. It is regarded as one of the UK's greenest universities. The university has been awarded a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Chair for Information and Computer Ethics; the fourteenth to be established in the UK.
For seven consecutive years, members of staff have achieved lifelong Fellowship Awards as outstanding teachers, as part of the National Teaching Fellowship. The university's Collaborative Provision in April 2006 found that broad confidence can be placed in the university's present and likely future management of the academic standards of its awards made through collaborative arrangements. Throughout its history, the University has been strong in Aerospace engineering and computer science. More recently, it has built up its strengths in other areas such as pharmacology, history, business, geography and astrophysics. The university has a unique history in training Aerospace Engineers. The university is ranked 9th for physics by the Guardian University guide for 2011.
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