We help you through all these steps

Free Experts Counselling
Find Course and University
International Test Preparation
Application Editing & Processing
Funding, Visa and Pre-departure Prep.
University of Hertfordshire ranked 16th in England for social mobility
Nov 2021

The University of Hertfordshire has been ranked 16th in England for social mobility impact, in a new report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in partnership with the Sutton Trust and Department for Education.

The report, released today, ranks all English universities by mobility rate, which considers the proportion of students from low-income backgrounds and whether those students make it to the top 20% of earners by the age of 30.

The study is the first of its kind to list universities by social mobility outcomes, and focuses on students who attended in the mid-2000s and are now established in their careers. It comes as the Department for Education announce new plans for universities to broaden their access and participation work in their local community, and improve student outcomes.

The University of Hertfordshire is proud to be home to a diverse community of students, and has a strong record in increasing access and participation.

50% of the University's students are the first generation in their families to attend university, while 70% of UK and EU undergraduates are from groups under-represented in higher education: including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students, those from parts of UK with low rates of progression to HE, students from low-income households, and disabled students.

To ensure all students can reach their full potential, the University runs a programme of targeted support and has ambitious strategies to reduce inequality, with recent successes including the significant reduction of the BAME awarding gap, and an award-winning support programme for estranged students.

Partnerships are also a key part of the success story. Working with primary schools, secondary schools and colleges across Hertfordshire enables the University to support a broad group of students throughout their education and their journey to higher education, while strong links with industry enhance graduates’ skills and employability.

Dr Mairi Watson, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and Student Experience, said today: “The findings of the new report are testament to our commitment to making sure the University of Hertfordshire is a place where everyone can succeed.

“We put the student experience at the heart of everything we do, from our curriculum, learning and teaching, to wellbeing services and life on campus. It’s not enough to just welcome a broad range of people through the door – it’s vital that all students, especially those from groups who face greater social barriers, are given the support, encouragement and skills to thrive at university and beyond.”

Double award win for University of Derby nature research
Nov 2021

Game changing research that has transformed the way people interact with nature to improve wellbeing and promote pro-nature behaviour has received national recognition at the prestigious Green Gown Awards 2021, which recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the world.

The University of Derby’s Nature Connectedness Research Group was awarded the top gong in the ‘Research with Impact – Institution’ category, beating off stiff competition from Lancaster, Loughborough, Portsmouth and Aston universities, as well as the London College of Fashion.

The ‘Pathways to Nature Connectedness’ provide a behaviour change framework for improving the human-nature relationship, which has been adopted by The National Trust, Wildlife Trust, and many others. The pathways inform the Connecting People with Nature stream of the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund and the Green Influencers scheme.

Judges thought the submission, linking the natural world and wellbeing, was a “fascinating, holistic, and timely project, combining social and environmental benefits. The impact has benefitted hundreds of thousands of people and is underpinned by strong research.”

Professor Miles Richardson, who leads the Nature Connectedness Group at the University, said:

I’m thrilled that our research into people’s relationship with nature won this award. A new relationship with nature is essential for a sustainable future, and I’m pleased we’ve been able to produce the new knowledge and tools that others can apply at scale. It is their openness to new ideas and creative application that has made this recognition of our research possible.

The celebrations didn’t stop there, as Lea Barbett, a current Environmental Psychology PhD student at Derby, who is also part of the Nature Connectedness Research Group, won the ‘Research with Impact – Student’ category. This was in recognition of a tool she developed – a Pro-nature Conversation Behaviour Scale - for measuring behaviours that specifically aim to support nature conversation and biodiversity, which has been rapidly adopted by researchers, conservation organisations and government.

The judging panel was clearly impressed, commenting that the submission showed “terrific research impact through influencing public policy and NGOs in their strategic approaches to the complex issue of public engagement in conservation projects, weaving through natural, societal and policy-making fields. An absolutely outstanding project by Lea.”

Commenting on the awards success, Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby, said:

The research into Nature Connectedness being undertaken is having a wide-reaching impact on pro-nature behaviours both nationally and internationally. We are therefore delighted that this important work has been recognised with these Green Gown awards.


Leading Universities in UK

Popular Courses in UK

Business Management
Computer Science
Health and Science
Law and Legal