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Huddersfield makes a great first choice university. Here's why.

Choosing your degree course is a big deal. You’re probably looking at various universities, trying to weigh up what’s good about this one? What’s better about that one? Where’s the best location? Who’s got the best facilities?

There’s lots to think about, but to help we’ve picked out just a few of the many reasons to study at Huddersfield.

We're recognised for our teaching excellence.

  • We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award. It recognised the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (Higher Education Academy, 2017).
  • *Triple proof of teaching excellence; our staff rank in the top three in England for the proportion who hold doctorates, who have higher degrees, and hold teaching qualifications (HESA 2022).
The University of Huddersfield is number 1 for teaching
  • We are joint first in the country for National Teaching Fellowships, which mark the UK’s best lecturers in Higher Education, winning a total of 20 since 2008 (2022 data).
  • We were the first and are the only university in UK where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy**. So, you’ll learn from some of the best, helping you be the best.
  • The University of Huddersfield achieved a Gold Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) award in June 2017. This award expired in June 2021 and the scheme is currently being revised. We look forward to being reassessed when the awards are re-opened in 2023. The award recognised that the University of Huddersfield delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield once they have started teaching.

Dr Todd Borlik

Reader in English Literature Dr Todd Borlik – who was born in Indianapolis, USA – loves teaching in the UK and at the University of Huddersfield. Find more about his background and teaching methods.

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1st Joint in England for qualified staff*

More than a degree on your CV

Our emphasis on ensuring our students are prepared for the world of work means that you’ll leave university with more than just a degree. You’ll gain skills to get you noticed by employers and be supported in developing a stand-out CV. This includes the chance to achieve the Global Professional Award alongside your degree so that you gain valuable skills and attributes that we know employers are looking for. 
One of the many reasons why we won the award for best University Employability Strategy at the National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2021.  

A photo of the canalside with a skills get noticed campaign graphic.

John-Calvin Mafura

Software Engineering BSc(Hons) student John-Calvin Mafura told us about his year’s placement with Sony Electronics. He believes the skills, experience and professional qualifications he has acquired so far at University will help him to

achieve his career goals.

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96.8% In work or further study†

Professional work placements are a key part of student life

One of the reasons employers have such confidence in Huddersfield graduates is due to the real-world experience they gain from placements.
Huddersfield is one of the Top 20 universities in the UK for work placements***. You might also know them as sandwich courses.

***HESA Student Record 20/21

Learn more about placements here.

Placements are a valuable part of the courses here at Huddersfield. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, placement opportunities may be more limited, but with our excellent industry links and connections we'll still do everything we can to ensure you have access to real-world experience throughout your course.

We know how much employers value graduates who have real-world experience on their CV and that’s why we encourage our students to make the most of the opportunities available. Our students have worked with companies such as the BBC, Pfizer, UK Ministry of Justice, NHS and Bang and Olufsen to name but a few.

Tasty sandwich courses

Zubin Motashaw

We talked to Zubin, one of our Transport and Logistics Management students about his work placement at GTA (Govia Thameslink Railway).

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Top20 for work placements***

Our campus

To achieve great things at university you don’t just need inspirational teaching. Top class facilities and resources help too. We’ve invested over £156m in some exciting new buildings to make our campus a great place to be. Take our recently opened £30m Barbara Hepworth building. This is the new home of art, design and architecture. An exciting hub of creative studios and technology facilities.

Our University Plaza is the home of Student Central, the hub of University life. This £22.5m building combines access to the library, computing, sport, leisure and eating space all under one roof.

You’ll also get to use some fantastic facilities as part of your course. To find out more visit our course finder.

Find out more about our campus, including accommodation options, on the Explore our Campus page.

“When I visited the campus I was blown away! Everything was close by and I got this really positive vibe”.

Rhys Khan Childhood Studies BA(Hons).