[Shelby Loasby | News Sub Editor]
The University of Hertfordshire has received a significant increase in applications from potential students wanting a place at the university.
Applicants who apply via UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service), have increased by 8.23% when compared to 2014, which is significantly higher than the 2.12% increase across the university sector.
The latest round of UCAS applications to UH saw 26,949 potential students apply, which is an increase of 2,049 from last year’s figure of 24,900. This is the highest number of applicants the university has ever seen.
Particular courses have seen massive jumps in application numbers from 2014 to 2015; Marketing increased from 70 to 137, Economics increased from 161 to 235, and Film and TV Production saw the largest increase from 42 applicants to 549.
Deputy Vice Chancellor Ian Campbell said: “We are delighted to see such an increase in applicants to study at the University of Hertfordshire. A qualification from Hertfordshire is increasingly highly coveted and is a testament to the quality of teaching, the employability of our graduates, and the commitment to making the student experience as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible.”
Current students have had their say on why they chose Hertfordshire as their preferred universtiy of study:
Colin Hamilton, a placement student studying computer science, explained that he chose the university because “the location is excellent, surrounded by countryside but with links to London, St. Albans and Watford as well.”
He also chose the university for the computer science course: “You are exposed to all areas of technology and business, and it gave me the opportunity to do a placement year with an accelerated master’s course alongside, which no other university offers.”
Hamilton also praised Hertfordshire Student’s Union for being friendly and approachable in his Freshers’ year and explained how the SU is always there to help students develop.
Second and third year students Chloe Burrowes and Charlie Green, who both study English courses with Journalism, chose the university because it wasn’t too far from home so they could still see their families.
Burrowes also said that the university gave her the chance to do different modules in her first year, whilst Green explained that ‘the English course was the best one as it combines English with more society based applications.”
Green echoed Hamilton’s comments about the SU and how she felt more comfortable at the UH open day than any other university.
Finally, John Broughton, studying Games Art, commented that his course is highly respected and was featured in 3dWorld magazine as the fourth best in the world. He also added that: “Everything you need is on campus and there’s always the bonus that SlamDunk festival comes to The Forum.”
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