University of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield has been recognised as a gold-rated university by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). It is the UK's leading university for the receipt of National Teaching Fellowships for the past ten years, and the first and only UK university where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, or progressing toward that achievement.

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: H60

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 78%
  • Postgraduate 22%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 82%
  • Part Time 18%

Where students come from

  • UK 81%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 15%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The library contains over 330,000 books and journals plus millions in a digital format, and is open 24/7 during term-time, with 1200 study places.
  • It also has over 530 PCs and Macs and a laptop loan service, and there is free Wi-Fi across campus.

Student jobs

  • The university's JobShop advertises good quality vacancies for students and graduates, including part-time jobs and summer schemes. JobShop is available both online via the university Careers website, and in the form of the JobShop wall in the careers centre.
  • There are also options to work part-time for the university itself, with paid roles including student ambassadors, social media representatives, library student helpers and welcome desk staff.

Careers advice

  • The university Careers and Employability Service offers guidance appointments or drop-in sessions with careers advisers, where students can get support and advice on all aspects of the job hunt, from writing a CV and cover letter to preparing for an interview.
  • There are also regular careers workshops and fairs.
  • Students can access careers advice for the duration of their career.

Health services

  • Students have access to the university Health Centre, as well as a podiatry clinic.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • A counselling service is available to all students. All counsellors abide by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's framework for good practice.

Disability support

  • The Disability Services team works alongside students with a range of disabilities and long-term conditions. It offers confidential advice and guidance and encourages students to discuss their specific requirements to enable appropriate support to be put in place.
  • Support can include adjustments for teaching and assessments, connecting students with support workers, help with Disabled Students' Allowance applications and help with access to other services and facilities at the university.

Other services and facilities

  • All courses offer the latest facilities; these often replicate equipment that students would use in the workplace. They include recording studios, a law court, radio and TV studios – and Canalside Studios, an in-house games development studio whose alumni have gone on to work with famous games developers including Rockstar, Rebellion Studios and Team 17. Health courses have facilities that replicate hospital wards and patients' homes, and 2018 saw the opening of a brand new hub for the study of art, design and architecture.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is led by students for students, looking after students' interests through academic representation and campaigning to create change both on and off campus. The SU also offers advice services on all aspects of university life, and support with accommodation through their letting agency, HudLets.
  • Students can create personal connections through a range of events which includes Freshers' Week, Varsity, and the Give It A Go programme, where students can join in on one-off activities and trips for little or no fee.
  • The SU helps students find their own community, with around 100 sports clubs, societies and academic societies ranging from badminton, archery, 3D printing, bhangra, criminology and costume.


  • The university has a long history from its founding as the Young Men’s Mental Improvement Society in 1841, becoming Huddersfield Polytechnic in 1970 and in 1992 receiving approval from the Queen's Privy Council to become the University of Huddersfield.
  • Current Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan CBE was appointed in 2007, a catalyst for the recent rapid development work at the university as well as the improvement in academic and financial performance which is still on-going.
  • In 2015 Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, became Chancellor at the university.

Fascinating Fact

  • For over ten years the University of Huddersfield's chancellor was Sir Patrick Stewart. He still plays a role at the University as Emeritus Chancellor, acting as an ambassador around the world for the institution.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Sir George Buckley – formerly chair, president and CEO of multinational conglomerate 3M.
  • Kavita Oberoi OBE – founded her own business healthcare consultancy Oberoi Consulting in 2001, awarded an OBE for services to entrepreneurship and start-up businesses in 2014.
  • Matt Roberts – TV presenter best known for BBC Sport and Eurosport's Moto GP motorcycle racing coverage.
  • Robbie Hunter Paul – former New Zealand international rugby league player, along with periods at Bradford Bulls and Huddersfield Giants. Currently managing director for sports marketing company TXM Sports Ltd.
  • Natalie Gavin – actress appearing in several British TV dramas and comedies, including Prisoners' Wives, Shameless and The Syndicate.
  • Sir John Andrew Harman – former chair of the Environment Agency and former leader of Kirklees Council, knighted in 1997 for services to local government and the environment.
  • Katy Lilley – global marketing manager at the oral division of GlaxoSmithKline.
  • Adil Ray – actor and radio and TV presenter, best known for BBC1 comedy Citizen Khan.
  • Sally Nugent – journalist and presenter at BBC News.


University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH