University of Huddersfield
|University of Huddersfield|
|Established||1992 -University status
1825 -Huddersfield Science and Mechanics' Institute
|Chancellor||Sir Patrick Stewart|
|Admin. staff||1,100 academic,
|Location||Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England|
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Organisation and governance
- 4 Research activities
- 5 Student life
- 6 Reputation and rankings
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The university traces its roots back to a Science and Mechanic Institute founded in 1825. Some nineteenth-century students earned qualifications as external students of the University of London.
1799 - 1882 - The life of Frederic Schwann.
1841 - 1844 - Young Men's Mental Improvement Society.
1844 - Huddersfield Science and Mechanics' Institution Formed.
1846 - Female Educational Institute Formed.
1883 - New Technical School Holds Exhibition.
1884 - 1896 - Technical School and Mechanics' Institution.
1896 - Technical School and Mechanic's Institute becomes the Technical College.
1958 - Technical College becomes College of Technology.
1970 - College of Technology becomes Huddersfield Polytechnic.
1992 - Huddersfield Polytechnic becomes The University of Huddersfield.
The archives of all the university's predecessors are held in the Archives and Special Collections department at the university.
The university is a founding member of the Northern Consortium and a member of the Yorkshire Universities. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan, previously sat as chair of this regional Higher Education association.
The university's campus, Queensgate, is south-east of Huddersfield town centre. Over £100m has been invested in the campus and its resources over the last 10 years. After £1m renovation work, the Student Centre was formally opened in November 2007 by Chancellor, Sir Patrick Stewart. The centre enables students to access a range of support services – computing, library, careers, welfare support – in a single location. The four floors of the library were refurbished during 2008-09.
A £4m Students' Union building was opened in 2005 with a variety of social, leisure and retail facilities. New drama facilities were opened in the refurbished Milton building in 2005.
A Creative Arts Building, designed by Darnton EGS, was completed in 2008. It has 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 Building.
A new £16m business school opened to students in September 2010.
University Campus Oldham
University Campus Oldham (UCO), located in Oldham, Greater Manchester opened in May 2005. It offers full and part-time courses at degree, diploma, foundation degree and postgraduate level. Since August 2012 University Campus Oldham (UCO) has been managed by Oldham College. UCO programmes continue to be validated by the University, and lead to a University of Huddersfield award.
University Campus Barnsley
University Campus Barnsley, located in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, opened in 2005. The campus offers facilities for subjects such as music, art and design, journalism and media production. £5.5 million has been invested with the help of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Yorkshire Forward and Objective 1.
From August 2013 University Campus Barnsley (UCB) has been managed by Barnsley College. UCB programmes starting in September 2013 will continue to be validated by the University, and will lead to a University of Huddersfield award.
International Study Centre
The International Study Centre (ISC) at the university offers degree preparation courses for international students. The programmes are run by Study Group. The ISC is located on the university’s main Queensgate campus. Students can mix with others and also have access to the library and other specialist IT facilities.
Organisation and governance
Actor Sir Patrick Stewart replaced Sir Ernest Hall as the university’s Chancellor in November 2003. When his schedule has permitted, he has also taught drama master classes to students studying at the university. 
The university is organised into the following academic schools:
- Applied Sciences
- Art, Design and Architecture
- Computing and Engineering
- Education and Professional Development
- Human and Health Sciences
- Music, Humanities and Media
The university is focussed on strengthening and enhancing its research facility; the institution has invested nearly £1.4 million in information provision in 2008/09. A further £2.75 million was invested in computing resources.
During 2008/09 there was further significant investment in facilities and equipment, including a new Creative Arts Building opened in September 2008, with a recital hall, electro-acoustic research studio, new art and design studios and live recording facilities.
A £228,000 Nanoform 250 Ultragrind machining centre was used to investigate nano-material removal and to support research activity within the centre for precision technologies in the School of Computing and Engineering.
A £160,000 single crystal x-ray diffractometer which uses x-rays to provide the three dimensional structure of chemical compounds. This is being used by researchers in the University’s chemistry department.
A new business school building, which represents an investment of over £16 million was opened in September 2010. The building will provide improved facilities including a mock court room and ‘The Street’ – a contemporary social space overlooking a central courtyard. The building has been designed to be energy efficient, incorporating energy saving technology.
The Storthes Hall Park Student Village and Ashenhurst Student Houses are the preferred and approved accommodation. These residences are privately owned and operated by Digs Student, independently of the university.
Storthes Hall is situated in a parkland to the south of the town with 1,432 en-suite single, double or disabled bedrooms in shared flats of six to eight students.
Ashenhurst Houses are located in woodlands close to the campus and Storthes Hall Park. There are 279 single bedrooms in shared houses of six to eight students, all with shared facilities including a communal lounge and kitchen/dining area.
The Students’ Union represents, supports and advises students on all aspects of their time at university. The union was 15th in the country in the SUEI awards (achieving a bronze award on their first attempt with the scheme).
The Students’ Union has a café bar, a coffee cafe, a shop, The Student Advice and Information Centre, offering confidential and impartial support on any welfare, financial or academic issues and iZone, students’ information on sports clubs and societies, volunteering, one-off events and activities under the Give-it-a-Go scheme and all student media: RadioHUDD and the Huddersfield Student newspaper.
The Students’ Union also runs activities at the Barnsley and Oldham campuses throughout the year.
The Students' Union also encourage participation within the local community, through their RaG (Raise and Give) group for instance, who raise thousands of pounds a year for both national and local charities and the American Football team who do several charity events a year for local charity Kirkwood Hospice.
Reputation and rankings
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 university achieved the highest ranking of any mainstream university in the United Kingdom for assessment and feedback in the 2011 survey
The university achieved the highest ranking in the 2011 International Student Barometer conducted by the International Graduate Insight Group
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. Despite a standing of 71st in 2007 it achieved the second lowest CO2 emission rate of any university in the UK, 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. 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. In 2010, the university had risen back into the top 10.
The university was announced as Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the THE awards 2012.
The university was announced as winner of the Outstanding Registry Team 2013 at the THE Leadership and Management awards 2013.
The university was announced as University of the Year at the THE awards 2013. 
- "Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2006/07" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 2008-04-09.
- "Student lists". Retrieved 7 October 2010.
- "Chancellor Sir Patrick Stewart hosts masterclass for Drama Students".
- "Duke to be patron of university". Batley News.
- "University League Table 2014". The Complete University Guide. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- "University guide 2014: University league table". The Guardian. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2014". Times Newspapers. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
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- Official University of Huddersfield Students' Union website