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The University of Huddersfield can trace its roots back to 1825 and is a founding member of the Northern Consortium and a member of the Yorkshire Universities. It is situated on a single campus just outside the city in the north of England.
The University was announced as Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Times Higher Education awards 2012, and University of the Year at the Times Higher Education awards 2013. It has been praised for its graduate employment scores and many courses offer a ‘sandwich’ option involving a work placement with numerous partner employers. The most popular courses are human and health sciences and due to its technical roots, the University often performs best in these and other vocational areas such as social work, teaching, engineering and music. Actor Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek fame is Chancellor and he has also taught drama master classes to students studying at the University.
Over 18,000 students choose to study at Huddersfield and the University have an impressive record of graduate employment, with 94% of undergraduates and 93% of postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduating. 2,000 students every year also go on work placements.
The University of Huddersfield offers a ‘Meet and Greet’ service for students arriving at Manchester International Airport, including transport to Huddersfield. To help international students settle in there is a programme of events that will enable them to enrol with the University, register with all the necessary authorities, meet other new students, find out more about their course and become familiar with the campus and town. There is an orientation event, which is an informal meeting where new international students can meet in a relaxed environment. It is also an opportunity to ask university support staff any questions which may have arisen during enrolment.
The Students’ Union also organises a number of day trips for international students, offering them the chance to see more of the UK during their time studying. This is in conjunction with numerous international societies at the University. The International Study Centre (ISC) offers degree preparation courses for international students, which last up to one year before and during a degree. Pre-sessional English courses are also offered for students who want or need to improve their English score before starting a course.
The University of Huddersfield received the Times Entrepreneurial University of The Year Award in 2012 and the Times University of the Year Award for 2013. In 2011 it was rated highest in the country for international student satisfaction by the International Student Barometer.
Following the last Research Excellence Framework review in 2014, the overall percentage of world leading research submitted by Huddersfield (4*) increased to 15% in 2014 from 6% in 2008.
The Storthes Hall Park Student Village and Ashenhurst Student Houses offer privately owned and operated accommodation recommended by the University. Storthes Hall is in parkland to the south of the town with en-suite single, double or disabled bedrooms in shared flats of six to eight students available, designed specifically for first year students. Ashenhurst Houses are in woodlands close to the campus and 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 main campus at Queensgate is south-east of Huddersfield town centre. Huddersfield is an ancient market town in West Yorkshire, 310km north of London and 16.6 km south of Bradford, the nearest city. It is the 10th largest town in the UK and has a total population of 146,234 with one of the highest numbers of listed buildings in the UK. The town is known for being the birthplace of rugby league and British Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and Herbert Asquith.