An academic institution since the 19th century it officially became a university in 1992. The present Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan, took over the job in January 2007. At the time, he was the youngest Vice-Chancellor in the UK. His strategy for the university during this time has been to lead an "inspiring, innovative University of international renown". In May 2007, the university welcomed Queen Elizabeth for a visit to the campus, during which she unveiled the foundation stone for the new Creative Arts Building. The following year, the building was officially opened by the Duke of Kent.
The University of Huddersfield focuses a considerable proportion of its resources and personnel into ensuring the highest quality of teaching, combined with a progressive and industry-relevant curriculum.
The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) shows that the University of Huddersfield’s teaching staff are the best qualified in England across a range of measures. 94 percent of lecturers hold specific teaching qualifications, 96 percent of lecturers have higher education academic qualifications, the highest percentage in the country, and 77 percent of those hold doctorates (HESA, 2022). Students can rest assured that they will be taught by the absolute best at Huddersfield, no matter what they decide to study.
Many of the university’s teaching staff are active practitioners in their academic fields, and this shows in the success of the university’s research programmes.
Huddersfield has a well-established Research Excellence Framework as the university submitted 589 staff across nineteen Units of Assessment (UoA) to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, receiving outstanding results. It has climbed more than seventeen places since 2014 to rank within the top 50 institutions in the UK. Two-thirds of its research portfolio is world-leading, and it sits within the top 20 universities for increasing research power.
With world-class facilities in a forward-thinking supportive environment Huddersfield is an excellent choice for researchers from all over the world.
As well as one of the highest employability rates in the UK the university also boasts excellent partnerships with our graduates going on to work for large international and multi-national organisations such as Microsoft, Meta (Facebook), Pfizer, Disney, Manchester United FC, BBC, Cummins, and Airbus, to name a few.
The University of Huddersfield places an emphasis on ensuring all students are prepared for the world of work. For our students, this means that you will leave university with more than just a degree. You will gain skills to get you noticed by employers and be supported in developing a stand-out CV. This includes the chance to achieve the Global Professional Award alongside your degree so that you gain valuable skills and attributes that employers are looking for. This was recognized at the National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2021 where the University of Huddersfield won the award for best University Employability Strategy.
One of the reasons employers have such confidence in Huddersfield graduates is due to the real-world experience they gain from placements. Huddersfield is one of the Top 20 universities in the UK for work placements (HESA, 2021).
With an impressive alumni community of businessowners, professionals and senior leaders, Huddersfield is an inspiring place to learn but you can also rest assured you are on the right path to a successful career in your industry.
International students are at the heart of Huddersfield’s community and are supported by a range of high-quality support services to ensure they make a successful transition into their studies and onto their future careers. With excellent career support services, the university genuinely cares about every student's progression.
Huddersfield has great accommodation for students with a mix of properties available. The recommended and approved accommodation providers are:
DIGS Student, who were voted Best Value Student Accommodation Provider in the 2021 National Student Housing Survey. Home to Storthes Hall Park, which is the most popular destination for first year undergraduate students.
With a multicultural, fun student community there are 1,386 en-suite single, double or disabled bedrooms in shared flats of six to eight students.
All rooms are en-suite and there are some excellent facilities on site such as a gym, cinema room, restaurant, bar, games rooms, mini golf, astro-turf, and grass football pitches and as its located in the woodland you will find some excellent walks and nature trails right on your doorstep.
Situated just south of the town centre and campus there is a free bus which runs throughout the day taking students to campus.
HudLets, are based in the Students’ Union on campus and provide impartial advice about housing options in Huddersfield, from family accommodation to HMO’s where students can share a house. They also offer support and guidance. HudLets ensures high-quality accommodation at fair prices, by working closely with halls of residences and private landlords in the local area.
There are plenty of other options around the town such as student halls operated by iQ Student Accommodation (Aspley House, Little Aspley House, and Castings House) and HOST (Saw Mill, Snow Island and Firth Point) these are all within a 10-minute walk to campus.
The facilities at Huddersfield are world-class. This includes a well-resourced 6-floor Library consisting of 1,200 study spaces, 530 state of the art PCs, 150 laptops and Mac books, over 330,000 books and journal articles in print, millions of digital books, and journal articles, offering everything needed for academic and personal success. Students can loan books and laptops 24 hours a day.
There are quite study spaces and group study pods, so students can work alone quietly or on group projects with peers.
All students at the University of Huddersfield have access to Summon, an online Library search engine. Students can access it anywhere, anytime. Type in any keyword or phrase and it will list all the books, journals, and any peer reviews available within the library, from here students can reserve them or view online. Dedicated staff and specialist subject trained librarians are also available to assist students.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day of the week most of the year and the computer lab is open 24 hours a day all year round.
The University of Huddersfield is passionate about providing excellent health and wellbeing support to all their students.
When international students arrive on campus, they are encouraged to register at the University Health Centre. This is located on campus and doctors, nurses, and physios on hand to help.
The wellbeing services offer confidential one-to-one and group support with a wide range of personal and emotional concerns. Some of the things they help with include mental health issues including anxiety and depression, self-esteem, or eating disorders. Support and ways of working if you are falling behind with your studies and support for parents, care leavers and carers.
To help with physical and mental wellbeing there are also fantastic sports facilities and many free sports events. The gym membership is affordable and has state-of-the-art facilities.
The next large-scale infrastructure project is a Health Innovation Campus, at their nearby Southgate location. The new proposal would take the place of the old Huddersfield Sports Centre, and planning permission was granted for the new university complex in 2020 and the first phase is scheduled to open in spring 2024.
The University of Huddersfield is an award-winning, modern university with state-of-the-art facilities located in the centre of a multicultural and thriving town.
Huddersfield’s proud industrial heritage is evident on campus, with beautifully converted stone mills and a working canal running through the middle of campus. With large recent investment the campus is also home to impressive research facilities and outstanding student outlets.
The large campus is home to six academic schools and 41 impressive buildings.
The campus has had a large recent financial investment of over GBP 156 million to build some world-class facilities and exciting new buildings.
Within the past ten years, the university has opened:
Buckley Innovation Centre - GBP 12 million. A unique building helping students build their own businesses.
Student Central - GBP 22.5 million.
Oastler Building - GBP 27.5 million. For Law, and the School of Music, Humanities and Media
Joseph Prestley Building - GBP £31 million. Comprising of world-class science facilities for specialist modern teaching and an excellent student hub.
Barbara Hepworth Building GBP £30 million. Opened in 2019 and teaches an interdisciplinary programme of arts, design, and architecture. The modern and innovative building has won numerous awards including the prestigious national title, Building Project of the Year, run by the organization Constructing Excellence.
Jo Cox – More in Common Faith Centre. A large modern place for students of all faiths and none. It has large prayer rooms, a kitchen, Wudu washing facilities and quiet bookable spaces.
The campus is home to the Huddersfield Students' Union, which is a student-run organisation representing students and advising them on any issues and opportunities which may concern them during their course. Working closely with the university, the Huddersfield Students’ Union co-ordinates over 100 student-organised clubs, societies, and sports teams, as well as a radio station (Radio Hud).
Student Central is also home to student shops and cafes, including Starbucks, the international kitchen, the Student Advice and Support Centre, the International Office and iPoint, an especially useful helpdesk.
Our modern campus is committed to a green and sustainable future and the university has pledged a significant financial investment into becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
The University of Huddersfield is one of UK’s safest campuses. Huddersfield has made a significant investment to ensure student safety, including creating and adopting university wide measures and policies to ensure that all students and staff can work and study in confidence. There are plenty of resources dedicated to supporting our Huddersfield campus community including a campus security team, who operate out of the Security Hub, and a specialised security office in the Harold Wilson Building, which is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The team provides a range of services including campus patrols, monitoring CCTV, building access, lost property inquiries and personal safety around campus. If a student feels unsafe in any way, they can visit the Security Hub and have one of the staff members provide advice, which can include calling a taxi to get home.
There are students from over 100 different countries on campus and there are over 60 global societies. This is a fantastic way to make new friends and learn more about other cultures.
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