News and Updates

Giving you the latest information about student life and updates from Hertfordshire University and surrounding areas

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Society Showcase: The Herts Pole & Aerial Society!

By Robert Wheatley – Head of Editorial When we think of pole dancing we’re typically bombarded with sexualised imagery of people performing in clubs, and while this is totally OK it’s the complete opposite of what the Herts Pole & Aerial Society is all about. Pole and aerial dancing are, in fact, incredible workouts for one’s body; not just for your core, but for cardio, for losing weight and for strengthening your back. Pole and aerial hoops also do wonders for body confiden

South East Regional Pole Dance Competition 2017

By Leong Qi Tyng – Contributing Writer On the 11th of February, the University of Essex hosted the 2017 South East Regional Pole Dance Competition. It was an inter-university competition and the winners would go on to the Nationals to compete. There were four categories to compete in total, namely the Beginners, Intermediates, Advanced and Group. The other eight universities competing were from the University of Kent, University of East Anglia, University of Brighton, Univers

Hatfield butcher finalist for county-wide food and drink award

[Oliver Price | News Manager] Bob’s Family Butchers, owned by Hatfield resident Mark Burley, has been placed on the finalists list of the Hertfordshire Food & Drink Awards 2016 for the Best Independent Butcher category. The winners of the competition will be announced in June. Trident Media caught up with Mark for an interview about being a butcher, life in Hatfield, and the competition. TM: Why did you become a butcher? MB: We bought the shop four and a half years ago and I’

Injuries scar athletes for life

Image: Unsplash – Abigail Keenan [Aimone Sharif | Sports Manager] “I felt angry! I was frustrated with everything! Nothing would fill in the hole I had inside of me; I just wanted to get back into the game as soon as possible.” Those are the words Jaide Garcia used when she talked about her sports injury during her time at university. Being an athlete is rarely a walk in the park with all the potential injuries that glare at you from around the corner. But that doesn’t stop y

So I tried out a new sport…

Image: Unsplash – Brandon Redfern [Georgia Porter | Sports Editor] I would consider myself quite a sporty person, and I like to try out new things and break away from my comfort zone. Some sports I have fallen in love with and taken to borough/county level such as competitive swimming, squash, biathlon, cross country plus both indoor and outdoor rowing. Others I have attempted and realised that they weren’t for me, such as netball, kickboxing, hockey and athletic field events

Profile on Men’s Rugby Captain Jordan Cox

[Georgia Porter | Sports Editor] Varsity is fast approaching, so we decided to catch up with some of the competitors to see how they are preparing for the big day! First up in our spotlight is Men’s Rugby Captain Jordan Cox. Jordan, 21, third-year BSc (Hons) Human Biology and Sports Studies student, became captain at the start of this academic year as a promotion from his vice-captain title last year. He fell in love with the sport when he was thrown into the game by his seco

University of Hertfordshire students win prestigious Student Television Award

[Laura Slingo | News Editor] University of Hertfordshire students won The Craft Excellence Award at the annual Student Television Awards held at ITV Studios on Tuesday 9th February. The winners – Jack Thornton, Thomas Metcalf, Amin El-Bekry, and Sam Rayner – were presented with an award for best sound for their entry 322. The film, a science fiction thriller that tells the futuristic story of two captive workers who make a dangerous bid for freedom, was also selected for scr

Ladies’ Free Beginner Squash Festival

[Georgia Porter | Sports Editor] England Squash are looking to change their image. Their aim is to promote not just professional athletes and their awards and achievements, but to encourage everybody to become active in all levels of participation. On Saturday 30th January, the Athletic Union hosted a Ladies’ Free Beginner Squash Festival in order to promote female participation in the sport and remove the intimidating atmosphere of playing against men. Squash is a male domin

Get into Football Day

[Aimone Sharif | Sports Manager] The start of Semester B saw campus football return with the famous Get into Football Day on 22nd January on the de Havilland pitches. Creating a team isn’t easy for international students that have just arrived from overseas; which is why Get into Football Day is a vital event for both newcomers and existing teams that are scouting for the next big talent. The first part of the day was dedicated to the traditional 11-a-side game. Recent winner

Winners announced in the University of Hertfordshire Small Grants for Impact 2016 competition

Image: Bryony Wharfe [Laura Slingo | News Editor] The Social Science, Arts and Humanities Research Institute (SSAHRI) is pleased to announce that members of the Institute have been presented with awards under the University’s Small Grants for Impact 2016. Plenty of University lecturers are completing research and projects alongside their teaching and these awards help achieve this. These University-wide awards are for the purpose of helping researchers to develop the economic