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University of Huddersfield
Established 1825 -Huddersfield Science and Mechanics' Institute
Type Public
Endowment £293,000[1]
Chancellor Sir Patrick Stewart
Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan
Staff 1,100 academic,
900 support
Students 19,740[2]
Undergraduates 16,175[2]
Postgraduates 3,570[2]
Location Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Campus Semi-urban
Newspaper Huddersfield Student
Colours Blue and Gold         

The University of Huddersfield is a university in the town of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. It has around 20,000 students and is located near the town centre. The Chancellor is actor Patrick Stewart, who is originally from Mirfield.

The University is further developing its research and enterprise through significant new investment including the appointment of 20 new Professors.



The University traces its roots back to a Science and Mechanic Institute founded in 1825.


Significant dates

1799 - 1882 - The life of Frederic Schwann
1841 - 1844 - Young Men's Mental Improvement Society
1844 - 1884 - Mechanics' Institution Formed
1846 - 1883 - Female Educational Institute Formed
1883 - 1883 - New Technical School Holds Exhibition
1884 - 1896 - Technical School and Mechanics' Institution
1896 - 1958 - Technical School and Mechanic's Institute becomes the Technical College
1958 - 1970 - Technical College becomes College of Technology
1970 - 1992 - College of Technology becomes Huddersfield Polytechnic

The University is one of the founding members of the Northern Consortium of universities.


It was announced in October 2003 that Patrick Stewart was to become the new Chancellor, replacing Sir Ernest Hall. Patrick Stewart attends a limited number of graduation ceremonies in Huddersfield each year. In January 2008 he presented students who had studied University of Huddersfield programmes at Caritas colleges in Hong Kong with their degrees at a special Hong Kong awards ceremony. In addition, Stewart opened the University's new Student Centre on the Huddersfield campus in November 2007.


The creative arts building.

The University is organised into the following academic schools:

  • Applied Sciences
  • Art, Design and Architecture
  • Computing and Engineering
  • Education and Professional Development
  • Business
  • Human and Health Sciences
  • Music, Humanities and Media


Queensgate Campus

Science building.

The University of Huddersfield's main campus, the Queensgate Campus can be found south-east of Huddersfield's town centre. Over £70 million has been invested in the campus and its resources over the last 10 years, including:

  • Following £1million of renovation work, the Student Centre was opened in November 2007. The Centre enables students to access a range of support services – computing, library, careers, welfare support – in a single location.
  • A £4million Students' Union building was opened in 2005 and offers a variety of social, leisure and retail facilities.
  • New drama facilities were opened in the refurbished Milton building in 2005.

A Creative Arts Building was completed in 2008, the building houses a recital hall, electro-acoustic research studio, new art and design studios and live recording facilities. Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the University in May 2007 to unveil the foundation stone of the new Creative Arts Building.[3]

University Campus Oldham

University Campus Oldham, located in Oldham, Greater Manchester, was opened in May 2005.

The University Campus offers a range of full and part-time courses that lead to qualifications at degree, diploma, foundation degree and postgraduate level.

In November 2008, University of Huddersfield Chancellor,Professor Patrick Stewart officially opened the doors to a £5.5 million development to accommodate the growing body of students. The development provides specialist equipment and facilities for students on a range of courses including Construction, Performance, Technical Theatre, Digital Journalism, Architectural Technology and Interior Design.

Also benefiting from the investment are Multimedia Design, Games Art and Digital Arts Practice students who now have the use of two computer suites with 40 iMacs and 10 high-end PC graphic workstations, all utilising the latest design and modelling software such as Adobe Master Suite, 3D Studio Max 2009 and Pixologic Zbrush 3.1.

The first graduation ceremony was held at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham in November 2006.

University Campus Oldham presented actress Sarah Lancashire with the award of Honorary Doctor of Letters at the University Campus’s awards ceremony in June 2009. An Honorary Doctorate of Civil Laws was also awarded to Paul Walsh, Diageo Group Chief Executive, at the 2007 awards ceremony. Honorary awards are given by the University to celebrate local people, their achievements and the contributions they make to the town and its community.

University Campus Barnsley

University Campus Barnsley, located in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, was opened in 2005. The Campus offers facilities for subjects such as music, art and design, journalism and media production. IT facilities include a wireless system throughout the building, video conferencing, web casting equipment and a suite of digital industry standard studios. The first graduation ceremony was held at Barnsley Town Hall in November 2006, the Chancellor, Patrick Stewart, was in attendance and Darren Gough was presented with an honorary degree.

International Study Centre

The University of Huddersfield International Study Centre is maintained by Study Group. The Centre offers courses to overseas students which on successful completion assure entry to degree courses at the University.[4]

Sport, societies, art


Around 20 different sports are currently based at the University,[5] the most prominent listed below.

Rugby Union

The Rugby Union Team (coached by Josh Cammiss, playing at Lockwood Park), are one of the most successful at the university, have won the West Yorkshire Varsity game against rivals Bradford for the last 5 years. They have won the Ben Randall Memorial game for the last 4 years (a cross-codes game played against the universities league side) last season managing to win both in the Union and League halves. The Rugby Union team is one of the few teams at the university that manage to field two teams each week.


University of Huddersfield Football Club 1st team play in the BUCS League, Division 5B, they are led by President and Worsborough Bridge Player Kevan Thorpe, Coached by Ash Berry, ex Chesterfield coach, ex Salford City, Bridlington Town and Woodley Sports Manager and Managed by Matt Wilson. Players include Brad Dowling, grandson of Ian McNeill and Nicholas Le Tallec of Buxton FC , Thomas Bunn (son of Frank Bunn, Elliot Thompson and Nathan Tayo of Worsbrough Bridge Athletic FC and ex Manchester United Youth Team player and Maine Road FC goalkeeper Paul Urbano. The Huddersfield team has hailed some local heroes, former Hull City Trainee Alex Cavanagh has moved on to Stocksbridge Park Steels since graduating alongside former team mate Tom Jones and Liam McManus former captain, is currently playing for Clitheroe.

American Football: Huddersfield Hawks

The Huddersfield Hawks are the University's American football team, created in June 2006. Under the Head Coach John Edley, former coach of the Sheffield Hallam Warriors, the team became part of the British Universities American Football League for the 2007/08 season. They finished their inaugural league campaign with an 0-8 record. For the 2008/09 season, the Huddersfield Hawks competed in Group 2 (Northern Section) under the BUAFL's new conference alignment, which when combined with the new coaching style of Richard Handby, enabled the team to prove their critics wrong with a 3-4-1 record from a season that started against the Northern Champions of the previous season. From there the Hawks began their 2009/10 season with high hopes with a somewhat easier schedule than all of their previous years, but currently stand at 1-2 as the first term comes to an end.

Basketball: Huddersfield Heat

Huddersfield Heat used to be the University's basketball team. Heat are now a national league Div 4 North team and no longer have any affiliation with the University.

Ice hockey: Huddersfield Ice Hawks

The Huddersfield Ice Hawks are the University's ice hockey team. The Ice Hawks currently compete in the British Universities Ice Hockey Association Division 2 North under the guidance of coach Adam Beevers. The Hawks completed their inaugural season in 07/08 season and improved further during the 08/09 season as a sophomore team. They currently train at Bradford Ice Rink, their home ice, on Saturday nights at 10pm.

More information about the Huddersfield Ice Hawks can be found at their official team website: [1].

Rugby League: Huddersfield University

Huddersfield University (full name Huddersfield University Rugby League) are the University's Rugby league team. Under Head Coach Chris Plume, the team won the Yorkshire league while losing only one game in the 2007/8 season. Mark Kingsley captains the current line-up. The 2008/09 season saw a very new team playing most of the year, with over half the players from the season before either graduating or moving on, this led to less successful year to those previous, but is the general consensus throughout the team to be a building year with the view to have a much more stable and prosperous lineup in the years to come. The team are sponsored by night-club chain, Tokyo's and "Dogma Bar and Kitchen", while the University sponsors Super League side, Huddersfield Giants and Huddersfield Choral Society.[6]


Societies at the University specialise in everything from real ale appreciation to medieval re-enactment. Societies in the 2006-07 terms included the African Caribbean Society, the Christian Union, the Huddersfield University Gaming Alliance, the Motorcycle Club, and the Socialist Students Society.

One of the most (in)famous societies of recent times at the University was the Society of Scatman John, which existed from 2002 to 2006. This particular society promoted the music of the late Scatman John to a new auidence and were regular celebrities around the bars and clubs of the town. The society was awarded union funding in 2003 to allow them to have an official society t-shirt printed for every member.


Students actively are interested in art, music. For example, in 1977-1979, in blossoming of punk music dids passed some times in a week. Acted The Jam, the Stranglers, the Skids, Generation X, the Cure, Joe Jackson, Wire, Magazine, the Damned, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Tom Robinson Band, 999, Talking Heads, Dire Straits, the Gang of Four, Aussie punks The Saints and the Flaming Groovies from the US.[7]


Storthes Hall Park, the main purpose-built student village, was once a psychiatric hospital. This was mostly demolished and developed into the student village, opening in 1995. Storthes Hall is 4.5 miles from the main University campus, set in the countryside, near Kirkburton on the A629 road to Penistone. A bus service runs between Storthes Hall and the University between 08:00 and 23:30 (all buses are free to residents before 18:00). While under University ownership (up to 2003) this bus service ran until 2am, providing a safe form of transport home for students after a night out.

Ashenhurst Houses is located closer to the main campus, with less than 300 places, it houses fewer students than Storthes Hall. Ashenhurst Houses have recently been refurbished to fix issues such as draughty windows and doors and worn out kitchen appliances and carpets. Ashenhurst has a range of 4 bedroom and 8 bedroom houses, all of which have shared kitchen and lounge areas. Each house has two toilets, two showers and a bath which are shared by the tenants. Ashenhurst also has 24 hour on site security, a TV room and washing/drying facilities which are shared between the whole site. Both Ashenhurst houses and Storthes Hall Village were sold to Ubrique Investments Limited in 2003, having previously been owned by the University.

Various blocks make up the newer Storthes Hall development, including High Green, Jenkinson and Slade. Flats are generally made up of 8 rooms and are either mixed or single sex populated. Each block generally includes 8 flats across 4 floors. The development is truly a student village community and enables first year students to meet many new friends upon arriving at University. The Storthes hall site is considerable in size, with only around half of it redeveloped into the current student village. Some small remains of the original hospital complex remain at the top end of the unused section of the site. The on site student bar and the reception building are housed in two of the original buildings. Other facilities on site include an astroturf football pitch, shop and laundry room.

There are also four other halls of residence in Huddersfield: Aspley Hall and Little Aspley Hall owned and operated by Opal, both these accommodation located on Firth Street. Firth Point, located on Firth Street, and "Snow Island" provided by Unite. Firth Point and Snow Island both offer en suite bedrooms and an on-site 24/7 reception and maintenance. Bills are included in the rent as standard now as well so they are really convenient places to stay. All of the above mentioned properties are located in Huddersfield town centre just opposite the University.

Students' Union


The Students' Union used to be in the Victorian-style Milton Hall, a former United Reformed Church (now part of the Music, Humanities and Media department). However various problems with the building, in particular the heating system, along with issues with its listed status caused this to close. The union did continue to be based in Milton Hall, housed in a smaller section of the building.

Development of a new union was planned for some time and after a number of delays, construction began in 2004. Milton Hall closed in December 2004, later developed into new drama rooms and performance areas.

In January 2005, the new £4M purpose-built union opened, located behind the Harold Wilson building. The building provides a range of social, leisure and retails facilities over two floors. In November 2005, Chancellor Patrick Stewart appeared at the venue during graduation week to take part in a live Question and Answer session with the students.

Furthermore, in the summer break of 2009, the Students' Union invested some £400,000 in refurbishments, aiming to make the bar - now called 'the graduate' - more inviting and homely. The food is now more pub-lunch style than the 'highschool dining' system that was previously installed.

Political climate

The Union is less political than other student unions. However, a recent campaign to keep Wednesday afternoon free for sports and societies had a good response. The student newspaper, Huddersfield Student, is published eight times throughout the year and has had many different faces across the years, but in September 2009 was completed redesigned into a quarterfold size (slightly smaller than A4).

The Union has severe engagement issues with regards to the student body, the 2009 By-elections saw a 0.89% turnout, with almost all positions uncontested, and has begun the move to politically engage the students.

Executive Committee

The Students' Union has a five person sabbatical team with elections held in March every year. The executive committee run the Union with a number of other elected officers (non-sabbaticals) and staff members.The officers elected on the 16 - 19 March 2009 are [2]:

  • President - Junaid Ejaz
  • VP Internal Affairs - Sohail Afsar
  • VP Education and Welfare - Haneef Rashid
  • VP Communications - Zeshan Iqbal
  • VP Sports and Societies - Haydn Stead

Surveys and rankings

National Student Survey

Huddersfield has scored highly for student satisfaction in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 National Student Surveys. Huddersfield was ranked joint first out of all Yorkshire universities for high quality staff and lectures in the Opinion panel Research survey in 2007.

The Sunday Times Good University Guide

The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2008, ranks the University 42nd out of 319 in the UK.[8] In 2005, The Times Higher Education Supplement ranked the University top for teaching quality among all new UK Universities in the North of England.[9]

People & Planet Green League

The University rose 63 places to 8th in the 2008 The People & Planet Green League, representing the highest rise by any University.[10] Despite a standing of 71st in 2007 it achieved the second lowest CO2 emission rate of any university in the UK,[11] The rise to 8th in the UK was attributed to existing green activity, including the use of canal water in cooling systems and the continued low carbon emissions (13% lower than 2007), as well as new foci such as a push for improved levels of recycling and the introduction of rain water harvesting.[12]. In the 2009 Green League the University achieved 18th position and thus, despite slipping ten places, maintained its rating as first class for environmental performance. [13]


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Coordinates: 53°38′36″N 1°46′42″W / 53.64324°N 1.77837°W / 53.64324; -1.77837


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