Founded in 1825, the University of Huddersfield – originally the Huddersfield Scientific and Mechanic Institute – has a longstanding tradition of providing vocational education.
Today, with student numbers at more than 24,000, the university continues to emphasise professional experience alongside academic study, with all students given the opportunity to undertake work placements and sandwich courses. Around 70% of Huddersfield students gain a professional qualification alongside their main degree and many courses also include a new language as an extra module.
Aided by strong industry links, Huddersfield also prides itself in being a leader in the field of enterprise. It supports self-starters and was awarded with the THE Entrepreneurial University of the Year award in 2012. Its new, state-of-the-art 3M Buckley Innovation Centre promotes innovation and collaboration between students, faculty and local business start-ups.
With a lower cost of living compared to other parts of the UK, Huddersfield is a popular student destination. Mid-way between Leeds and Manchester, it offers easy access to two major northern cities as well as the great outdoors. The Peak District National Park is also within easy reach, which offers activities such as hiking, rock climbing, caving, sailing, quad biking, horse riding and more.
Top 5 reasons to choose Huddersfield
•The University of Huddersfield is a gold-rated university in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
•Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020)
•We're unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
•For the past ten years, we've been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It's all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
•100% of our students have the opportunity to undertake professional work experience during their studies.
Top class facilities and resources at Huddersfield
On campus you’ll find all academic schools, the library, quiet study spaces and research facilities alongside green spaces, places to eat and a gym. We’ve invested nearly £156 million in campus development, and have fantastic facilities including specialist laboratories, studios and performance spaces. There's also a working canal that runs through the heart of our campus with a tree-lined towpath, perfect for those downtime moments.
And everything is in one place
Think you’ll get lost? Think again. Here at Huddersfield everything is accessible in one location so you’re only a short walk away from everything you need.
Our buildings range from an historic 19th century church through to modern buildings including the home of Art, Design and Architecture the Barbara Hepworth building. The University has a long history from its founding as the Young Men’s Mental Improvement Society in 1841 through to the present day.
University of Huddersfield
*Statistic info from Times Higher Education (THE)
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Impact Ranking 2020
Young University Ranking 2019
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