News and Updates

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

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Breakout! Harry Potter Party: Is It StudentWorthy?

By Robert Wheatley StudentWorthy is a segment in which a student looks at the stuff going on at the University of Hertfordshire, to see if it’s really worth your $$. Last week, we interviewed Breakout!‘s Harry Potter Party event organisers, Josh Watson and Luke Osborne, to find out what was in store for lovers of magic (and nights out). While The Trident was a little disappointed to find that the theming was a little less than Hogwarts-worthy, and the merchandise give-away pr

5 Top Tips To Maintain Good Mental Health At University

By Pelumi Agboola It’s about three weeks in and Freshers has passed, lectures have kicked off, assignments and reading are flying your way, you’ve only just recovered from the dreaded fresher’s flu, and you’re feeling very overwhelmed. Sound familiar? Well, if you’re like me and many others, the thought of lectures make you feel anxious, and deadlines just seem too close, which gives you a lot of stress. Whether you’re a first year, a second year, or even a Master’s or intern

VC says choice of accommodation ‘skewed’

By Oliver Price – News Manager The University of Hertfordshire’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Quintin McKellar, has said that the choice of living arrangements for first year students is ‘skewed’. When Trident Media asked Professor McKellar what he thought of the high rent of University of Hertfordshire accommodation, he said: “Students have choice. If they would prefer to rent a house in Welwyn Hatfield, they can.” However, when pressed on the true nature of choice that first

How to avoid Fresher’s flu?!

by Aimone- Head of Editorial What is freshers’ flu I hear you say?! Well the urban dictionary, also known as an essential tool for University students, describes the freshers’ flu as: “When people come together at the start of term bringing with them germs from all over the country. The result is a form of cold or cough or general feeling of illness”…. accurate?! See for yourself! We have racked our brains to find the perfect guide to be germ free… or at least try. Brace your

Things I wish I did during first year

Image: Bryony Wharfe [Danielle Smith | Contributing Writer] Joining university can be a scary choice to make, especially not knowing what to expect or who to meet. We conducted a survey asking first-year University of Hertfordshire what they wish they had done during their first year of university. One student*  said: “I wish I spent less money on going out.” Most students hit this question every night that they go out, but due to having that extra freedom, you are most likel

Commuter’s FOMO: how to beat it

[Katie Noble | Entertainment Editor] FOMO: Fear of Missing Out. Commuter’s FOMO: fear of missing out on all the fun when commuting to university. Whatever your reason for commuting to the University of Hertfordshire – money, distance, convenience – it is completely normal to feel like you’re missing out a little. Your university experience is going to be very different than that of someone who is choosing to stay on campus. However, this doesn’t mean that it can’t be just as

Freshers’ Fair UnionTV

Check out Tom Rowe & David Witchell’s coverage of Freshers’ Fair 2015! #TridentMedia #University #fair #HertfordhsireStudentsUnion #UnionTV #Freshers #Hertfordshire #Student

Moving in on College Lane

[Jacob Beckingham-Wells | TV Director] Check out UnionTV’s footage of moving in day on College Lane on the 26th September! #collegelane #HertsFreshers #Freshers #MovingIn #UnionTV

Get involved: create your own society

[Laura Slingo | News Editor] At Hertfordshire University we have plethora of societies for you to get involved with, but the current list is far from exhaustive and we need more! All you need is one exciting topic, three core committee members, around 15 interested students, and you’re off! Here’s a selection of societies that Herts should have. Art & Crafts Society Fancy learning how to sew or knit because poor students can’t afford to buy any more clothes? This could be the

Sexual Consent

Image: Jean Koulev, Flickr [Robert Wheatley | Lifestyle Editor] Freshers’ Week is a fantastic opportunity for Hertfordshire students to meet others during a variety of events, from our packed Freshers’ fair stalls, to nights out at the forum with amazing drink deals. University is one of the best places to make friends and, occasionally, a good place to meet that special someone. Especially after a night out, the opportunity for sex to happen increases when you’ve gulped a fe

Drama Society: Not just for actors!

[Image: Mark Roberts] [Matt Yeoman | Contributing Writer] Everyone has their own view of theatre and the performing arts. For most, it is just something to avoid. The concept of being in front of an audience and acting is scary and puts a lot of people off. However, myself and the rest of the committee strive to eradicate those feelings and make sure your time with us is absolutely amazing! The society puts on two main shows during the year, during Semester A, a pantomime; an

The Great British Tea Party

Image: Lashara Van Heerden [Hannah Bicknell | Features Editor] “Let’s get ready to rumble!” boomed from the DJ deck and a sea of people swarmed to the Elehouse. Eagerness was in the atmosphere and the Great British Tea Party was in full swing! Image: Lashara Van Heerden A queue the length of the Elehouse greeted new arrivals, and the smell of fresh cakes and milky tea stirring in the air helped set the scene. An opportunity created for the new international students to become

Your Freshers’ Playlist!

[Image: Columbia] [Andy Vogel | Music Manager] Freshers’ is upon us and over the week music will be the focus, especially as you’ll have access to The Forum Hertfordshire on campus where you can dance the night away. So here’s a selection of tracks to aid you in getting your groove on. ‘Bonkers’ – Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden You’ve arrived on campus for the first day. You have new places to explore and new people to meet with so many activities to do; it’s all a bit ove

Freshers’ alphabet: N-Z

[Laura Slingo | News Editor] It’s time for part two of our Freshers’ Alphabet! Here’s our N-Z… N = NUS The National Union of Students is the hub for students nationwide. Stay involved as NUS campaigns offer discounts and advice on student life. Image - NUS Photo credit: NUS O = (OMNI)BUS Okay we cheated a bit here. Uno is the local bus service that will be your saviour as a fresher, as will the free shuttle bus between campuses! P = PREPARATION Don’t be that person that turns


You have come to get your free Hertsopoly assets!! Download and print the following pages and you can play Hertsopoly with your friends! Print the Cards Essay Cards Exam Cards Title Deeds Part 1 Title Deeds Part 2 Title Deeds Part 3 Print the Money Monopoly One Dollar Monopoly Five Dollars Monopoly Ten Dollars Monopoly Twenty Dollars Monopoly Fifty Dollars Monopoly One Hundred Dollars Monopoly Five Hundred Dollars Download a free Dice App from the App Store! Done! Enjoy Herts

Freshers’ alphabet: A-M

[Laura Slingo | News Editor] Alright newbies, here’s the latest need-to-know guide for your first year at uni. We’re not necessarily experts, but we’ve got a flippin’ good idea regarding what you’ll experience. It wasn’t so long ago we were freshers too! Photo credit: University of Hertfordshire A = ADVENTURE You are about to begin one of the greatest journeys of your life. Heed our advice and don’t waste the next three years and you’ll be onto a winner! B = BUDGET If you wan

Freshers’ Fashion Fairy Godmother

Featured Image: PixaBay [Tia Marsom | Contributing Writer] Regardless of whether you’re a shiny new fresher or a Forum veteran, everyone struggles with the horror that is a fancy dress party. However, fear not humble students. Your fashion fairy godmother is here to offer some valuable advice! Our first fashion conscience event begins on the 27th September with the American Pie Frat Party. For this, I recommend either a classic cheerleader or jock outfit, or your standard kne

Freshers’ Essential Shopping List

Image: Pixabay [Chloe Burrowes | Contributing Writer] When moving into university, packing can be a bit of a minefield – who knows what you’re going to need before you go somewhere?! Have no fear, Trident are here to provide you with an essential shopping list; one for the boring, basic stuff that your mum will definitely remember and another for the things you really need to survive your first year! The Boring/Basic Stuff Laptop – highly important for university, unless you

Give it a Go! Trident Media Takeover

This Freshers’ Week we’re giving you the chance to get hands-on experience with print, radio and TV. From 12-3pm on Tuesday 29th September visit the Trident Media Suite, located above Hutton Hall on College Lane Campus. Whether you’re interested in writing, editing or designing for UniVerse and BlueMoon, hosting a show on Crush Radio, or producing videos for UnionTV, this is a chance for all students to try out Trident Media. Check out what students got up to at our last even

Freshers’ 2015: A Level Round-Up

[Shelby Loasby | Head of Print] Another big congratulations to everyone who made it into the University of Hertfordshire yesterday! We’ve been scrolling through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all day and night waiting to hear your Results Day experiences and to find out what you’re most looking forward to for Freshers’ Week! Here’s our round-up of the day’s excitement: Here’s our #UHResultsSelfie list Eastbrook’s Kamie Rothon is off to Hertfordshire Uni for TV production and