University of Hertfordshire

Why we've signed the Manifesto

"Universities are not just international and national institutions. They are very much a part of the local community. Universities bring great value to local economies and perhaps even more so in areas of deprivation. We must continue to add value – and if we do so then we will be valued too. The University of Hertfordshire is already a major resource for its community, but we are keen to develop our public engagement even further and I believe that the NCCPE will be able to help us with this vital work."

Professor Quintin McKellar CBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire

Our approach to public engagement

 Local people taking part in University of Hertfordshire activityAs a major public sector organisation, our university has a central place within the community. In addition to engaging in the core activities of research, scholarship, and teaching and learning, we have a duty to promote the economic, cultural and social prosperity of our community. Our Community Engagement Strategy recognises and underpins this responsibility.

The essence of our Strategy is to be a ‘good neighbour’ to those living and working in Hertfordshire. We aim to be seen as a valued resource for local people and organisations; to be at the heart of key local strategic partnerships; and to engage with and be valued by all parts of our community.

The six key elements of our strategy are:

  • Social Enterprise Support – using University assets to support the ‘Third Sector’
  • Schools Outreach – raising aspirations and supporting local schools and colleges
  • Local Community Support – assisting individuals and charitable organisations
  • Culture and Sport – promotion of the arts, wellbeing and athleticism
  • Public Engagement –dissemination and exchange of expertise, and leading debate
  • Strategic Partnerships – working with other agencies to mutual advantage

All parts of the University, including our students’ union, are keen to play a role in developing and implementing this strategy.


Name: Stephen Boffey

Title: Pro-Vice Chancellor, Regional Affairs

Tel: 01707 285200