News and Updates

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

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We’ve Landed In The Top 2.1% For World University Rankings!

By Robert Wheatley The University of Hertfordshire has been designated the 575th place of over 27,000 universities worldwide and 42nd in the UK by the CWUR World University Rankings. CWUR is the largest academic ranking of global universities, and out of 27,770 of their evaluated higher education institutions, we made it into the top 2.1%, meaning our quality of education and training of students, along with the achievements of our researchers and faculty have been recognised

What’s On At UH: Battle of the Campuses begins!

Are YOU prepared to defend your campus? Can you defeat College Lane in a battle of Flip Cup, or can you triumph over De Hav in an extreme, all-you-can-eat chicken nugget challenge? If so, come prove yourself at the launch of the Battle of the Campuses, tomorrow at 7pm at the Elehouse! As a University of Hertfordshire student living on campus, you’re automatically enrolled into the battle; meaning it could be YOU that declares your side’s victory. Throughout the year the unive

Panshanger Is Rising From The Ashes

By Tom Boon A local community project hopes to reopen Welwyn Garden City’s historic airfield, the Panshanger Aerodrome, after its closure in 2014. Panshanger was once the home of the North London Flying School, currently one of the UK’s leading flying instructors, and was a staple of the local community. Project Phoenix, the team behind the project, aims to make the new airfield a place where anybody could come grab a coffee, sit and watch aircraft, or just spend the afternoo

Sports Relief run is a success!

[Aimone Sharif | Sports Manager] Every year, BBC Sport brings the world of entertainment and sports together in search of raising money and awareness across the UK for vulnerable people inside and outside the country. It was Sports Relief year this year around, to celebrate the event from the 18th to the 20th of March, a series of sports trials, events and competitions were set to help raise money for charity. This one-day event has the beautiful result of uniting the UK as e

Event Management students Make-A-Wish come true

Image: Huriyah Quadri [Laura Slingo | News Editor] Second-year Event Management students are to hold an entertainment evening in the bid to raise money for Make-A-Wish charity. On Friday 15th, April in the Comet Room, Club de Havilland, a variety of societies and students will be volunteering to put on an evening’s worth of entertainment for both the University of Hertfordshire and local community. Event Management students Amy Pettitt, Angela DiCarlo, Charlotte Thomas, Chloe

The History of Notting Hill Carnival

[Taveena Atsu | Features Sub Editor] You might not have heard about Notting Hill Carnival but if you’re a Londoner like me it’s a time for you to drink, eat delicious food, and dance on the street throughout the bank holiday weekend every August, this year it’ll be on the 30th and 31st. However, originally politically motivated, the Carnival has a history not many know about. Notting Hill Carnival is arguably the biggest street party in London, nowadays, that is all it’s seen

Wicked Review: The Wizard of Oz isn’t so wonderful

[Taveena Atsu | Features Sub Editor] Wicked is currently being performed at The Apollo Victoria, revealing the ‘untold story’ of the characters of Oz, it teaches us why we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I caught a performance on 28th May 2015. Photo by Tristram Kenton The Wizard of Oz, a 1990 children’s novel by L Frank Baum, is a tale about desire. A tin man who wishes to feel, a scarecrow who wants to think, a lion who craves courage, and a girl with a dog who simply

Summer Festivals: Are they worth it?

Two of our writers go head to head on the subject of summer festivals. “For” – Splash out for a summer to remember [Jacob Beckingham-Wells | Contributing Writer] I am going to start by saying that festivals are in no way perfect -the toilets smell and the food is greasy, and it should be illegal to charge nearly £5 for a pint of beer. However, in my honest opinion, festivals are the perfect escape. Spending time with friends, drinking, and sleeping in tents, all whilst making

Believers Loveworld Society event: BLW VIBES

[Contributed by the Believers Loveworld Society] BLW Campus Ministry Hertfordshire Society successfully held a live event in the Forum Hertfordshire called Easter Youth Vibes (Voices In Blessed Exuberant Sounds).This was held on the 4th of April in a rock themed concert where over 250 young people rocked-out the place dressed in rock-styled attire. In attendance were world renowned gospel singers such as the London based LMAM stars Christian K and Frank Fytt. The venue was fi

Events for March

[Krystyna King | Events Secretary] Not only is it National Nutrition month (the month before the chocolate eggs), there is also National puppy day on the 23rd and National Awkward moments day on the 18th March to enjoy.  Trust me, there’s a day for spinach and another one for chip and dip… Still, if you have time to break away from your spinach or your puppy here is your list of up and coming events.  With the sun beginning to shine, don’t get stuck in the library all week an

Upcoming Career Events

[Krystyna King | Events Secretary] Effective Interviews Have an interview coming up? This workshop will help you know what to expect and how to prepare. Interviews are demanding, but use this opportunity to maximise your chances. Date: Thu 19 Mar 2015 Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Also on the 23rd and 24th March but in different rooms and times Venue: N212, de Havilland Shirley Parsons Associates- Graduate and Final year opportunities An exciting opportunity for final year student

Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week

[Jennie Couling | Design Sub Editor] 16th of March marks the beginning of Down’s Syndrome Awareness week. Every year the charity Down’s Syndrome Association focuses on a different aspect of living with Down’s Syndrome. This year they’re looking to encourage people with Down’s syndrome to take part in activities they enjoy and get involved in their local community. They are looking for stories from people with Down’s Syndrome about their favourite activities and hobbies. Down’

Winter Olympics Snowboarding stars

[Lashara van Heerden | Contributing Writer] Winter Olympics stars Jamie Nicholls and Aimee Fuller were at the impressive Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead on Thursday 20th November, and BlueMoon was lucky enough to meet with them and see them ride. Not only did they represent Team Great Britain in the Winter Olympics for Freestyle Snowboarding, they are also ambassadors for the GO SKI GO BOARD national campaign by Snowsport England. We found out more about their careers, and the

St. Albans Literary Festival packed full of writing tips

[Krystyna King | Events Secretary] From the 6-9th November, St. Albans had their first Literary Festival. It was presented by local newspaper, the Herts Advertiser and sponsored by The Book Midwife. The weekend was filled with talks, workshops and interviews, all showcasing and celebrating a diverse range of Literature.  For those that missed out, here are two of the events that were available during the festival: Travel Writing Workshop Six Travel Writers shared their work i

Meet your Students’ Union: Student Advice & Support

[Aisha Kasmani | Contributing Writer] We spoke with Faith Goligher from Hertfordshire Students’ Union Advice and Support Centre about her experiences and the services they provide. UniVerse: Tell us about you and what you do for the Students’ Union? Faith Goligher: Well, I have been here for just over two years and I am a student welfare advisor and as a service we provide free and confidential advice and support about basically anything. We like to consider ourselves as the

Hatfield House Frost Fair

[Emma Langschied | Design Sub Editor] Rain did not dampen shoppers’ spirits at Hatfield House’s Frost Fair last weekend. The Stable Yard, marquees and some of Hatfield House itself, provided a festive sanctuary for visitors from Hertfordshire and surrounding counties. 200 stands adorned with Christmas gifts filled the area with a sweet Christmas scent to accompany the busy browsing of everything from ornaments, to cheese boards and fluffy hats to Indian scarves. One stall fea

St Albans Fashion Week: Luxe Show

[Krystyna King and Kealie Mardell] Add some 1930s glamour, a sprinkle of glitter and that dazzling live Jazz band and you have the beginning of St. Albans Fashion Week, with the Luxe Catwalk Show. Entering the Porsche Centre, Hatfield, on Monday 27th October, you are surrounded by champagne and luxury cars, giving the event a well welcomed reception of excited chatter before the show begins. With showcases on display from a range of local businesses, visitors were dressed to

St Albans Fashion Week: Jewellery Design

One child’s smile for one necklace… [Cristina Aroldi | Contributing Writer] The lovely and characteristic city of St Albans was painted by children’s smiles on the 28th October. From 11 to 12 am in the Fashion Week Office, French Row, about 20 children accompanied by their parents decided to attend the Children Jewellery Event in order to learn how to make necklaces and have fun at the same time. A father of two twins enjoying the event said: “I decided to come to keep childr

Meet the Lecturer: Dr Allan Jepson

[Brad Johnson | Deputy Editor] In the first of our new Meet the Lecturer features, we meet Dr Allan Jepson, a senior lecturer in the Business School and researcher in Event Studies. Jepson referred to himself as an “average student” during his childhood; who had to work hard to achieve the grades he wanted. Following his early school career, Jepson decided he wanted to change paths and not stay on at sixth form; a decision that surprised his former teachers. Jepson decided to

A trip down memory lane at the Vintage Fair

[Melissa Nadarajan | Contributing Writer] On Thursday 23rd October, a touch of retro was brought to UH when the Vintage Fair came to The Forum. This gave students the opportunity to do a spot of shopping on their lunch break, with some even bagging a few last minute Halloween costume essentials. From floral dresses as cute as a button, to torn denim biker jackets, racked alongside 1960s style beige corduroy jackets and the screaming 80s cliché that is the polyester shell suit