The University of Huddersfield won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award in 2017, awarded by the Higher Education Academy. The GTEA is awarded in recognition of institution-wide approaches to teaching excellence, and for its outstanding educators who provide inspirational teaching. The university is also known for its work placement years in industry.


In or close to the centre of a town


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

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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 80%
  • Part Time 20%

Where students come from

  • UK 84%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 13%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

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


  • The library contains over 300,000 books and journals plus millions in a digital format, and is open 24/7 during term-time. It also has 500 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, Library Student Helpers and Welcome Desk staff.

Careers advice

  • The university Careers and Employability Service offers guidance appointments or drop-in sessions with careers advisors, 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 services

  • 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

  • Student Central is the hub of student life: a £22.5m building, containing the library, sport and gym facilities, the Students' Union, student support services, a shop, food and drink outlets including Starbucks and a branch of Santander Bank all under one roof.
  • Other facilities include a recording studio, law court, radio and TV studios, and Canalside Studios, an in-house games development studio whose alumni have gone on to work with some of the most famous and respected names in game development, including Rockstar, Rebellion Studios and Team 17.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union (SU) is led by students for students, providing an independent voice concerned only with looking after students’ interests.
  • A range of events throughout the year include Freshers’ Week, Varsity, and the 'Give it a go' programme, where students can join in on one-off activities and trips. There are also around 100 sports clubs and societies ranging from cheerleading, rugby, boxing and horse riding, to belly dancing, musical theatre and 3D printing.
  • The SU also offers advice services and support with accommodation, as well as opportunities to get involved in campaigning and volunteering.


  • 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.

Fascinating Fact

  • For over ten years the University of Huddersfield's chancellor was Sir Patrick Stewart; he continues to fund a number of scholarships at the university.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Sir George Buckley – formerly Chairman, President and CEO of multinational conglomerate 3M.
  • Kavita Oberoi OBE – founded her own business healthcare consultancy Oberoi Consulting in 2001, and was 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 Chairman 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